About the Books

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If Her Tears Were Stars

Marsha (Marty) Barth has been an inspirational speaker for twenty years. She is an author, advocate, and speaker, speaking at State events, to college Criminology and Psychology students, at Universities on domestic, child abuse and child sexual abuse, to Social Services Forums, and has been a guest for many radio, podcasts and television interviews. She has worked at an addictions facility, spoken regularly on Christian Radio, speaking at prisons, re-entry, recovery programs, and for motivational and inspirational groups across the country.

A business woman by profession for 27 years, she ran the family business with her husband Mike in Pennsylvania. She is the mother of two children, and has seven grandsons and one granddaughter.

In her own words….

I was born in the hills of Appalachia. Surrounded by the beautiful mountains, refreshing streams and southern hospitality, it is a place so peaceful that it resounds of all that God intended for the beauty of His creation. It is an area where poverty has become a way of life, but there is a richness that supersedes the many troubles of life. A richness that comes from what God can do with just one thread of hope or even the faintest flicker of His light.

In my heart, I have a passion to reach the brokenhearted and the crushed in spirit with the very knowledge of the reality of a God who is ever touched with our infirmities. Who loves and cares for us despite the cruelty of a world that has chosen to live without Him and then to blame Him for the outcome of the very choices that they have imposed on others.

For many years, I had lived under the cloud of darkness and silence. It seemed proper for my secrets to remain hidden and to let the past be forgotten. A heart that is locked over a period of time will surely die. As it ceases to feel pain, it will also cease to feel love. It is in our silence that Satan holds his greatest shield of defense against us. When we let God tear down the veil of silence, the heart can begin to heal.

No longer silent, I speak out. I bring to you not only the many troubles and sorrows of my life but also the joy of what happens when there is one thread of Hope or even the smallest flicker of His love. Sorrow is but for a season. Joy comes in the morning.

Many years have passed since the ending of “The Shattering”.  How does one heal from the hurt and pain that is experienced from abuse? How do we deal with the broken trust, the shattered innocence and the shattered purity, the crushed hope and the vehement anger? How do we find our identity when it has been shrouded with a cloak of fear and shame, guilt and blame? It is a journey. A journey of healing that can lead us onto a pathway from victim to victor.

There is much more to tell about this journey. So many more questions that need to be addressed and answered. If you have read “The Shattering”, you will love reading the sequel “The Shattering II”, I hope to answer many of these questions as Julie’s story continues on her healing journey. Questions as to how Julie dealt with these issues. How she dealt with the pain and anger and confusion that had devastated her life. There were many confrontations with her dad in the years that followed. Each step of Julie’s healing led her into more bitter conflict with the man that she knew as “Dad”. Often she was torn between her own pain and anger and with how she would ever be able to confront her dad over what he had done to her. How could she ever forgive him? But if not—then how could she ever heal? How could she care about his very soul being saved when he had raped her own soul? Would she ever be able to forgive him and be delivered from her pain? Would she ever be free from the fear and shame, guilt and blame?

Yes! And you can too. May you be blessed by the reading of both of these books, “The Shattering” and “The Shattering II”. May your heart be opened to the joy of healing and to the laughter it brings, rather than the pain and suffering. May God heal your broken heart, give you a better understanding, and deliver you into a new life.


Copyright © Marsha Barth 

7 Responses to About the Books

  1. Gail Krout says:

    Marty, Thank you so much for what you have shared and for listening to part of my story and my pain. My journey is hard dealing with my triggers from my past in my present relationships. I choose to press on in Christ Jesus, in the hope to be set free from my bondage of oppression. Wish we could of talked more. It appears I keep getting cut off. I do have a voice. Sometimes I struggle with not being heard. A rage wells up in side me I never felt before. Guess like you said in your testimony- “my rug has been shook and the dirt is starting to fly”. Praying for strength and courage to not be discouraged. You blessed me today. Gratefully yours, Gail

  2. Joseph Crugnale says:

    Very encouraging Marty! Its great to see how the Lord has been faithful in seeing you through this!!

  3. Jo Condrill says:

    Congratulations on your book signing, Marty. Your influence spreads more than you know when you do a book signing.

  4. mbarthmbarth says:

    Thank you Janie for your kind words, and input; they encourage me so. The sequel is currently in editing and should be completed soon. I believe there are many doors yet that God will open and many hearts that He desires to heal, so I truly do appreciate your prayers. God Bless you dearly. “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite (crushed) spirit.” Psalm 34:18 “He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

  5. Jane Booye says:

    Just got to read your new write up Marty. It is “great”. I have known you to be a great woman of God since the first day I met you over 40 years ago. Hard to believe its been that long. I must not say it surprises me that you have taken on such wonderful ventures. You have always been a willing, yielded, loving vessel of God. I will be praying that he bless you in your new endeavors. I cannot wait to read the sequel. You had left hints to me of what you went through, way back when, but I had no idea that it was “so intense”. After reading the Shattering, it gave me an appreciation for you more than ever before. I can see now the fire that the potter had his chosen vessel in. You have been “chosen” to do a glorious work. Keep carrying the torch and encouraging hearts.

  6. Monica Davis says:

    I have to whole-heartedly agree, not just because you are my cousin. God’s Grace does abound. Quite abundantly, especially when one is seeking Him. There is much that was left to silence in our childhood. To the point that sometimes you walked around wondering (and sometimes you did not have to wonder — it was obvious) just what was the story of the other children in the same household. My saving grace was turning within to search for answers, but not as the world would have me turn in, for to turn your anger and frustration inward as the world would want means self-destruction. While there was abuse in our family to, my mother had and still does have a strong faith in God. Little did I know then as a child — That faith is what would pull me through as an adult. When I say I turned within for answers this is what I mean….. Back in those days, there was very little done even if you did turn in your abuser. Often times the abused was victimized even more (sadly this has not changed much even today). So I searched for answers from this God that my mother talked about and prayed to daily. We as children were forced to say the Rosary. That did not seem to help, but it did teach me that if I was as persistent in a personal prayer time with God to the same degree that my mother made us say the rosary, that may help. And over a very long time this prayer life is what would save my life. I should also note that back then my family was devout Catholics (as you know). That I am sad to say did not help me much, until God sent a very charismatic priest to St. Mary’s. This priest showed me a very different perspective of God and gave me a very different perspective on how to pray and that I would say held the biggest impact on my life. Though I am no longer Catholic, I am a devout believer in the saving power of God through His Son Jesus. Through so much trial and error in my life, I have a totally different relationship with God today. It is very much a personal relationship — A great friendship. I don’t have to pretend with God if I am not having a great day, week, month, etc, for God is there to walk me through my problems. Notice I said walk me through, not take away my problems. I have learned it is through our trials in life that God shows me just how strong of a creation I am because of Him. Today, I still have many trials as does most of the world and if they don’t admit that — they to are living their life in a form of silence. The difference is as an adult, I have an adult relationship with God — A true relationship with God. This doesn’t mean I do not have trials or that I don’t make mistakes. I have just been taught that these mistakes are not failures, just temporary set-backs. Through God’s Grace I have been set free. As long as I continue to get up and keep praying and keep going I do have more successes than I do failures. I must note here that God has taught me, that godly people also fail. In fact, they fail way more often than ungodly people. Through the power of God, they just never give up and they turn their many failures into a colossal success for God. I can happily say today I am living an ambitious journey for God, one that through God will make a difference just as much as your journey. I thank you for breaking the code of silence and stepping out. If together God’s people can break that code of silence that binds them, then He will become the God in all of our lives that He should be. Thanks Again! I love you cous! Monica Davis, Cumberland MD

  7. Webster T. George says:

    Hello Marsha,
    I read your article in the paper. I logged into your website and was touched by the Spirit of God. It is good to write about bad experiences rather than talk about it. Who would believe you? That is what I did and it was beneficial. Although our stories are different, if I were to talk to you, I could feel your pain. I credit God for protecting me for many years. What I thought was a normal life ended up to be a disaster. Enough said. The book: “Living With the Devil’s Daughter” is in the local libraries. Book reviews are on Amazon.

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