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About the Author

Barbara Jo Jenkins co-authored The Walk West (William Morrow) which became an international bestseller and part of the permanent White House Library. A nonfiction blockbuster, it sold 15 million copies, became a Reader's Digest condensed book and was chosen as one of the most influential bestsellers related to American culture in the last 100 years.


Barbara Jo Jenkins' three year, 3,000 mile walk across America with her former husband became one of the most popular stories in the National Geographic Magazine, (Cover story, August, 1979).

She co-authored The Road Unseen, (Fawcett) a number one mass paperback bestseller and winner of The Gold Medallion Book Award. Jenkins wrote I Once Knew A Woman (Wolgemuth and Hyatt) and Wit and Wisdom for Women (Thomas Nelson)  She appeared in various magazines such as Reader's Digest, Today’s Christian Woman, Guideposts, Nashville Lifestyles and on numerous national television programs like Good Morning America and radio programs like Focus on The Family.

Jenkins has been a keynote speaker at Colleges, Conferences, and National Conventions. She has served as Commissioner for two Tennessee Governors, was Board Chair for Benton Hall Academy and President of The Tennessee Women's Forum.  She is Chair Emeritus of The Green Electric Company and served on the board for 'Coaching; Life Matters’ for people in crisis.  

Ms. Jenkins lives in Tennessee and loves spending time with her family and friends.
She enjoys traveling, painting, writing, speaking, cooking, floral design, creative projects, or sitting in the porch swing telling stories to her granddaughters, Josephine and Lyla.

Barbara Jo Jenkins can be reached at,
Instagram; @barbarajenkinswriter
or barbarajojenkins1@gmailcom


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Barbara and Josephine
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