Nov. 2, 2016–Barbara Martin–My Journey to Self-Publishing My Powerful Hearts Book Set for Children: Junk or Joy? and Offense Get Off My Fence

Book Summaries

Offense, Get Off My Fence, is about learning to guard your heart from the outside and its partner book, Junk or Joy?, is about learning to feed your heart from the inside. Even though they are very different books, they were birthed together and are intended to show children the choices they have, thereby empowering them regardless of what life brings. They are intended to give children the resources they need to prevent poor choices and grow up healthy in a broken world.


Barbara Martin is a retired teacher of 21 years who is now involved in self-publishing children’s books. Her Powerful Hearts Book Set was written to help children see their choices, set healthy boundaries, and acquire tools to deal with life’s hurts. She wants to give children tools to grow up healthy in a broken world. Junk or Joy? is a finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award in Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit.

In addition to Power Me, the business she uses for publishing her books, she also owns a computer business called Mac Mentoring, where she troubleshoots and trains people to use their MacIntosh products. Barbara has called Alaska home for more than 30 years. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin