Barbara Hosbach, writer, speaker, and retreat facilitator for church groups and other organizations, admits that detours, false starts and dormant periods have been part of her spiritual journey. The Catholic faith of her childhood took a back seat when she reached college, where she earned a degree in Psychology. During her career with a social service agency, Barbara married and raised her daughter. A growing sense of her own helplessness in the light of circumstances beyond her control – struggles with an eating disorder, injuries sustained in a car crash, a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis – brought Barbara to her spiritual knees. When she sought God with all her heart, she found Him waiting for her. Her spiritual path eventually brought Barbara back to the Catholic faith.
By God’s grace and the loving support of the friends He provided, Barbara coped with the end of her first marriage, serious family illnesses, and the death of loved ones and enjoyed the blessings of becoming a grandmother and meeting her current husband. Barbara began to see God’s hand guiding and sustaining her as she negotiated life’s ups and downs. She discovered joys not dependent on happy circumstances: seeing painful times bear fruit as she shared with others the support so freely given to her; experiencing God’s loving acceptance of her fumbling attempts to follow His will; realizing the journey we are all on doesn’t end this side of Heaven.
Barbara has been actively involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults since 1997, as a sponsor, catechist, and retreat facilitator.
Although she loved writing since learning to put pencil to paper, Barbara set aside her dream of authorship for many years. During a chance conversation with a stranger, Barbara made a commitment to actively pursue writing. She joined a writers group near her home in central New Jersey where she found encouragement and constructive criticism. Her work has appeared in national publications such as St. Anthony Messenger, the Liguorian, and My Daily Visitor, as well as on the web in N.J. Family, and Today’s Catholic Woman. A member of the Catholic Writer’s Guild, Barbara recently completed her first non-fiction book – a Bible study exploring a wide range of personalities found in Scripture.
Please contact Barbara if you would like more information or would like to arrange a talk or retreat for your church, group, or club. You can visit her website and follow her bi-weekly meditations at: www.biblemeditations.net.
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