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Barbara has a unique offering in that her special needs cat "Bruiser" joins her when she speaks. Bruiser was neglected, abandoned, and abused before he was rescued by the Gareis family in 2015. The story of Bruiser's rescue coupled with Barbara's testimony and faith during adversity paints a picture of hope, love, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness.


Barbara has spoken at women's conferences, schools, youth groups, author events, book festivals, and church functions, as well as participated in publishing industry discussion panels. She has been a leader of the women's ministry team at Shadyrest Bible church. She has also been interviewed on several radio stations and podcasts.


For more information or to book Barbara for your event, visit, or you can submit the form at the bottom of this page.

Speaking Topics


All topics can be designed to meet the specific needs of your audience and the objectives of your event.


It's Okay to be Different

  • Hear about Bruiser's rescue and why he is special

  • We are all special

  • The importance of compassion

  • Bullying is not okay

  • Let's embrace our differences


Faithfulness and Blessings

It's easy to become discouraged regardless of the size of our trials, but faith conquers all fear. Strengthen your faith as you battle your trials, and focus on the many blessings that are right in front of you, little things we often take for granted.


Dancing with Daddy

Have you made a few poor choices? Do you wonder if anyone could still love you and forgive you? A tragic event made me realize that I needed to return to my Father. I’m forgiven and loved and so are you. No one is too messed up to be forgiven.

"Barbara is an excellent communicator with a keen grasp on challenges women are facing today... she is a Godly role model whose life and ministry will make a giant impact on this generation!"

-Jennifer Pina, Shadyrest Bible Church, Chesterfield, NJ

"Thank you for all of the wonderful blessings you have poured out just in your ministry of presence and the way you have helped to stretch and grow some of the folks under my care."

-Pastor Bruce Wood, First Baptist Church, Hightstown, NJ

© 2020 by Barbara Ann Gareis