WCU Alumnus Publishes Novel
Hattiesburg, Miss., August 2, 2012 -
Nathan Barber, a 1994 graduate of William Carey University and the head of upper school at Second Baptist School in Houston, Texas, recently published Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas, which is his thirteenth book.
The book tells the story of a young coach who takes over a struggling high school girls’ basketball team in a West Texas town where football is the only sport that matters. Halfway through the season, tragedy strikes and leaves the team and community fighting for a way to bring life back to their town.
“While the story centers on a high school basketball team struggling to make it in a community dominated by the status quo and good old boys, the novel is so much more than a sports story,” Barber said. “As the title suggests, Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas, stands as a redemption story that should have appeal for both adults and young adults, as the characters, both teen and adult, wrestle with many of the same issues, only from different perspectives.”
Barber said that a number of the book’s story elements came from his own experiences. Upon graduating from Carey with a degree in history, he moved to Waco, Texas, and began a 20-year career in education, which has included teaching at public and private schools, serving as an instructor at Baylor University, coaching basketball, and serving in administration. He began writing over 10 years ago, with most books in the field of education, and four of them being classroom guides. Barber’s most recognizable and most successful title, now updated and in its second edition print run, is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to European History. He also enjoys photography, and maintains a blog called “The Next Generation of Educational Leadership.”
Barber's novel is available in paperback and Kindle, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.