ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BARBARA LYNN-VANNOY began as a freelance greeting card writer for Blue Mountain Arts at age 18 and continued writing inspirational, free verse poetry for the publisher for twelve more years. Her first poetry byline appeared above Einstein’s in an anthology; no one could explain this phenomenon, especially Einstein. Barb’s work has also appeared in Hopscotch for Girls and The Quiet Hour. She is an award-winning educator of twenty-three years, nominated for the Disney American Teacher Award, Colorado Teacher Award, and the recipient of “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” and Colorado KCNC “Teacher Who Makes a Difference.”
Barb earned her way through college by writing and performing in a band and summer stock theater. She was a worship leader and longtime single parent to Katie before meeting her two bonus daughters, Emmy and Ali, and her husband, Steve, New York Times best-selling author of the parenting book, The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children. Together they support his non-profit, The 10 Greatest Gifts Project.ORG. Its mission is building healthy, vibrant families. Barb and Steve perform on cruise ships with their band, Postcard Note. Their music video, “Three Hearts Dancing,” is available on YouTube. Barb’s passions include European travel, avoiding library fines, and piling books on her nightstand. She lives in Colorado with Steve, their Yorkie named Button, and 842 Barbie dolls.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"A joyful, heartfelt, laugh-out-loud love story that ranks up there with any Hollywood romantic comedy. A thoroughly entertaining read."
-Steve LuKanic, screenwriter, For Richer or Poorer, producer/director, 13 Families
"Reading The 10 Greatest Gifts We Give Each Other is like watching a Hallmark channel movie on the TV in your mind."
-Rob Owen, TV writer/critic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I laughed and cried and cheered them on and suddenly I believed in love again!"
-Dawn Shepherd, Past President, Littleton Public Library Board
"This promising debut... is an unexpectedly fun, delightful read... With a sharp eye for detail and vivid prose, Barbara Lynn-Vannoy is at once revealing, fun, serious, and wise."
-Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"My husband and I guffawed and wept our way through this book. It is aspirational, real, and very funny."
-Karen Telleen-Lawton, author, Canyon Voices
"The 10 Greatest Gifts We Give Each Other is raw, honest, humorous ... The priorities of this couple will have you feel that your faith in humanity has been restored!"
-San Francisco Book Review
"The writing is superb; it is both lyrical and efficient...It's a memoir; it's also a guidebook on marriage, child-rearing, and teaching. Overall, it's a beautiful tapestry filled with music, the love of animals and family bonds that shouldn't be missed ... Highly recommended!"
"Hopeful, hilarious, and inspiring … her story is a reminder of how God…honors the intentionality and power of covenant marriage vows lived out. If you are married, are about to get married, or just enjoy a great love story, this book will be a gift to you."
-Stacy Stutzman, elementary educator, Jefferson County Public Schools
"An uplifting and deeply amusing novel, The 10 Greatest Gifts We Give Each Other is a heartwarming memoir that delivers on the small moments that matter most. The writing is rich, alive and packed full of humor; a real joy of a book which propagates the meaning of family and love.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS & PROJECTS
Read Me to Sleep Tonight: Children's Poetry to Celebrate the Day
A heartwarming collection of the day’s wonder and delight. Perfect book to lull little ones to sleep. (Hardback)
The Sweetest Sound The Night Can Bring
On a Midwest evening, a young girl attunes to nightsong sounds, anticipating the sweetest sound of her life.
With a parent’s help, a discouraged child discovers examples of hope worldwide – and its greatest expression in the unlikeliest of places. Suitable for chronically-ill children.
Under Wraps! A trilogy for early middle-grade readers ages 8 and up!
Where do you go when you don’t belong? To the place where everyone else who doesn’t belong goes. Now what happens?
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