Over four decades ago I was a California surfer competing in the junior age division and a “party animal” in high school. At seventeen I almost made it into the surfing pro division in California. I was in the Windansea Surf Club and the Gregg Noll surf team (a famous big-wave surfer). One day two guys on the surf team told me they had become Christians and that they attended a “home church” near the beach where I surfed. I was not interested and they probably went away thinking I was a lost cause. But over the next two weeks something changed inside me, and I decided to go on a warm summer Sunday night to this house church. That night I became a Christian and a new, entirely changed person.
At age thirty while working in building construction, I injured my lower back lifting and was off work recuperating for three months. I had been making notes of building construction mistakes and problems for several years, and realized this information might make a valuable book. I began writing and discovered I liked it. But I barely passed English composition in college, and my first drafts were very poor. But I kept practicing and practicing, and thirteen years later I got the first of four building construction books accepted by McGraw-Hill. My fourth book Residential Construction Problem-Solver was translated into Chinese by the Architectural Society Press of China.
I never thought I would someday write Christian books, as this seemed to be an unreachable step up to “real” writing—a level above technical writing. In 2005 I began to get some inspirations for Christian books, starting with the concept of the second half of the cross…that as Abraham walked toward Canaan God displaced whatever horizontally conventional plans Abraham previously had with His higher plan to become the “father of faith.” I now have six Christian books published under my full name Barton Jahn.
I still work in building construction, and am currently working on two more construction books that are nearly complete. I play classical piano, am an avid reader, and enjoy walking. I live in sunny Southern California, a block from the Pacific Ocean.
I am active in social media in Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and have this blog.