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Author Barbara Steingas of High Bridge has just released her third book titled ‘Solving The Crohn’s & Colitis Puzzle: Piecing Together Your Picture of Optimal Health & Vitality.’ (courtesy photo) Hunterdon County Democrat.

Hunterdon Democrat press release for my new book,
Solving The Crohn’s & Colitis Puzzle.

High Bridge author releases third book about dealing with Crohn’s Disease

on March 30, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Author Barbara Steingas of High Bridge has just released her third book titled “Solving The Crohn’s & Colitis Puzzle: Piecing Together Your Picture of Optimal Health & Vitality.”

This 104 page spiral bound workbook pinpoints the top seven body, mind/emotional and spiritual strategies respectively with action steps that she used to piece together her picture of optimal health and vitality after being gravely ill for many years with Crohn’s Disease. It is designed to help the reader quickly identify ways to improve their own picture of optimal health.

A sampling of the strategies include information on hydration, deep breathing and dietary tips for our body; positive thoughts and beliefs, the power of manifestation and emotional control tips for our mind/emotions; and meditation, positive affirmations and asking your guides for help tips for our spirit. After each strategy section, there is a sampling resource guide for places to obtain more information and assistance in finding the pieces that will help you fill in your healing puzzle.

Steingas is also an inspirational speaker and available to give talks on various topics relating to health and healing and overcoming grief. In addition, she is a Radiant Life Coach who helps people optimize their health and vitality by streamlining her clients through the process of more quickly and efficiently (both time and financial wise) the potential body, mind, emotional and spiritual strategies that will improve their state of health and vitality.

Steingas was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1985 just after graduating from college. After several years of taking the usual medications prescribed, she was not getting any better and in fact she was gravely ill and quite frail. Her gastroenterologist said she could try a new experimental medicine that would suppress her overactive immune system, but in that frail state, it could potentially cause a cold, if caught, to turn into a deadly case of pneumonia. Instead, she decided not to believe any longer that her condition was incurable and thought of it as a puzzle that just needed solving. That is how she came to use the strategies discussed in her book and has been off medication about 15 years.

To order autographed copies, send a request and check for $14.95 to Barbara Steingas P.O. Box 13 High Bridge 08829. To schedule a talk or a coaching session, you can reach her at 908-391-4463.

Visit her website for more info including description of her other books.


Holistic Around Hunterdon Radio Program

on April 2, 2015


Barbara and Melba Toast of WDVR FM.

Barbara and Melba Toast of WDVR FM.


Guest on WDVR’s
The Road Less Traveled Program
Saturday November 09, 2013 4-6pm

WDVR (89.7 FM)

Interviewed on The Road Less Traveled program
Fundraising Event: Percentage of book sales go to WDVR
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Guest on WDVR’s
The Road Less Traveled Program
Saturday May 11, 2013 4-6pm

WDVR (89.7 FM)

Interviewed on The Road Less Traveled program
Fundraising Event: Percentage of book sales go to WDVR
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04/21/2013 1:00 pm – 3 pm

We Are Delighted To Once Again Host
Leading a discussion based upon her new book

We are so happy to welcome Barbara back to the Clinton Book Shop. Those who know Barbara know that she is one of the most wonderful and passionate individuals. Barbara is also rather fun too. Her first book, German’s Are Funny Too, Stories of My Cuckoo Kraut Family, an amusing tale of family life, is one of our best-selling books.

Barbara Steingas writes about her own life experiences of being ill, at times gravely, with Crohn’s Disease Colitis. She put together pieces of a puzzle combining medical treatments and mind-body-spiritual healing techniques that ultimately can help all types of chronic illnesses. Her recovery was solidified by the unconditional love of her late husband.

For those who suffer from chronic illness, those who care for others afflicted, and anyone who has a passion for life, this is an event that you do not want to miss.

Clinton Book Shop
12 East Main St
Clinton, New Jersey 08809-1410


Author writes about overcoming Crohn’s disease

Written by
Erica Lamberg
For the Courier News

Barbara Steingas of High Bridge recently released her second book, “The Healing Puzzle.”

In the book, subtitled “Overcoming A Chronic Illness Through Unconditional Love,” Steingas chronicles her experience of having Crohn’s disease and the healing strategies she implemented which she said has resulted in her full recovery.

Steingas said she wrote the book to help others in “finding their healing puzzle pieces. The book is a way to share what I learned and maybe prevent others from having to go through so much trial and effort.”

Steingas said her symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, began just after graduating college.

“At times, my appetite was significantly diminished, causing me to lose a lot of weight and have very little energy. At my lowest I weighed 85 pounds, 30 plus pounds less than my normal weight,” she said.

“I would struggle to get through my work day as a physical therapist and then collapse on the couch. Also, I suffered from abdominal pain and cramps quite often.”

Barbara Steingas of High Bridge is the author of 'The Healing Puzzle,' about how she overcame Crohn's disease through faith, self-advocacy and stress-management. / Photo courtesy of Michael Cooper

Barbara Steingas of High Bridge is the author of ‘The Healing Puzzle,’ about how she overcame
Crohn’s disease through faith, self-advocacy and stress-management. / Photo courtesy of Michael Cooper

Steingas said she initially took medications prescribed by doctors, but she said her symptoms persisted.

“I was about to be placed on an immunosuppressive therapy drug,” she said, “when I had an epiphany that I no longer believed what the doctors were telling me that Crohn’s was incurable and began to think of it like puzzle: One got me ill so there had to be one to get me well … All I had to do was find the right pieces to cure myself.”

“I did this by combining the antibiotic Ciproflaxin on the traditional medical side and mind-body-spiritual techniques,” Steingas added.

She said the secret to her success was the total belief she would get well.

“It was my persistence and faith, as it took over 10 years to fully heal because I had no template to follow and had to do a lot of trial and error to find what worked and what didn’t,” Steingas said.

“I learned to take better care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually, like eating better and being kinder and more loving to myself. Also, I learned better stress-management skills by doing self-improvement reading and seminars.”

Living and writing in Hunterdon County has also served as an inspiration, she said: “I’ve lived in High Bridge since 2001 and my house overlooks Spruce Run Lake — a perfect setting for creative writing.”

Steingas works full-time as a physical therapist at Overlook Medical Center in Summit and recently completed her 25th year there. When not working or writing, she enjoys doing spin, Pilates, Zumba and yoga.

“I also like to do outdoor activities such as walking or riding my bike in places like the Columbia Trail or Ken Lockwood Gorge,” she said.



Local duo publishes 22nd book

By Hunterdon County Democrat
on March 06, 2013 at 3:21 PM, updated March 06, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Local author, Barbara Steingas of High Bridge has finished her second book and it has been published by Manny Luftglass of Gone Fishin’ Enterprises in Annandale. This is their twenty-second book. Steingas’ first book was titled “Germans Are Funny, Too!” Her new book is called “The Healing Puzzle,” subtitled “Overcoming a Chronic Illness through Unconditional Love.”

Steingas has been a physical therapist in New Jersey for more than 20 years and had been suffering from Chron’s Disease, an often incurable illness, for many years. Her book details her long and complicated journey which ended in full recovery.

Autographed copies can be purchased directly from Steingas by mailing a check for $18.95 (plus 7 percent tax for New Jersey residents), to: Barbara Steingas. There is no charge for shipping or handling.

To obtain copies in volume at discount contact the publisher: Gone Fishin’ Enterprises, at: or call Manny at 908-996-2145.



Author Finds Healing in Exploring German Roots

Family stories fill Barbara Steingas’ book.
By MaryLynn Schiavi (December 11, 2010)

In 2004, inspired by the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Barbara Steingas of High Bridge set out on a journey–to tell the story of her German family and roots, reaching back into the 17th century.

In September, Steingas’ book, “Germans Are Funny Too: Stories of My Cuckoo Kraut Family,” was released. On Thursday night, Dec. 9, she appeared at the Long Valley Pub and Brewery for a book signing.

Steingas’ family members ranged from champions of social freedom to German aristocracy. In one chapter, she tells the story of wealthy ancestors who lost everything during the 30 Year War in the 1600s. When their palatial home was occupied by enemy soldiers, her great, great, great etc. grandmother had to cook for the soldiers. Her sense of humor allowed her to exercise a silent rebellion.

Steingas said, “She decided to concoct a soup and she threw in some cockroaches to spice it up. Apparently the soldiers said the soup was delicious and commented on the crunchy ingredients.”

Steingas’ grandmother, Emma Schafer, affectionately called Omi, passed away at the age of 94 in 2002. Steingas recalls that her grandmother had the “best deep belly laugh” and was highly intelligent. She was headed for college when she met Steingas’ grandfather and married and had seven children instead.

The first chapter of the book is devoted to Steingas’ grandfather, Philipp Schafer, whom she called Opa.

“My grandfather was an opera singer,” Steingas said. “Contrary to the way Germans are often thought of–as being associated with the Nazis–my grandfather was actually imprisoned for speaking out against the Nazi party.” She said it was his gift for music that she believes ultimately saved his life.

In writing the book, Steingas said she carved out time almost every day to reach back into her own memory and the memories of her family. Supporting Steingas’ journey was her husband, Bob, who died suddenly, at the age of 42, of a heart attack in 2008.

While she didn’t write very much over the course of the year after he died, remembering something that he said gave her strength to continue: “What you live through, gives you better stories to tell.”

And with his words urging her on, she continued, determined to tell the stories of her family. “The process of pulling these stories together in a book, I believe has had a healing effect on me and my family. It has brought us closer,” said Steingas.

She added, “It has become so easy to focus on the negativity and dysfunction in our families and the world. Instead, I wanted to remember the positive experiences I shared with them.”

In the epilogue of her book, Steingas said, “I also learned to stop blaming my family for my misfortunes and rather moved toward living the proverb, ‘Life is too short to be unhappy and bitter, and too long not to be happy and have fun.’”

The book is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as directly from the author by e-mailing: For large orders, contact the publisher: Gone Fishin’ Enterprises at:


German-American Social Club of Sarasota

A few weeks ago I received from a publisher in New Jersey as a fundraising offer a new book by Barbara Steingas entitled “Germans Are Funny, Too!” The cost of the book is $18.95. Please let me know if you are interested for yourself or to have as a gift and I will get one shipment from the publisher.

However, club members can also order personally autographed copies directly from the author by writing to

I read the book and found it very entertaining. For those of us who have been here for many years and have gone back and forth to Germany with our offspring will recognize the differences in culture and habits perceived especially by our American kids. The episodes described could no doubt be out of our own lives.

She writes in great details about her German grandfather (Opa), grandmother (Omi), mother (Mutti), great aunts, aunts and uncles, cousins. Change the pictures and it might almost be your own family you are reading about.

Confirming this, one reader comments: “The biggest strength of this book is that each story is told in a way that makes it easy for a reader to relate to, regardless of background (German or non-German). It also illuminates the thousand different ways that one’s family, culture and history can impact one;s day to day life. The comfortable, easy-going tone of the author gives the reader the sense of hearing a friend sharing treasured memories, and is one of the best aspects of the story.”

Solitude Village Winter Newsletter 2010

Village Resident is Published Author

Barbara Steingas, a long time Solitude Village Resident, has written a 208 page non-fiction book, “Germans Are Funny, Too: Stories of my Cuckoo Kraut Family”. “I was watching ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’  for around the third or fourth time, and a light went on in my head,” said Ms. Steingas. “It gives a different perspective of a German Family. It’s about how we all have stories… Hopefully other people will remember their own wonderful, warm memories of their own families. It’s primarily humorous.”

But some stories are more serious – such as the account of how her grandfather opposed the Nazis, and survived by singing opera in a concentration camp. Steingas grew up in New Jersey, speaking English and German, and visited Germany often. She’s planning a second book as a tribute to her late husband, who passed away in 2007, and a third book about her father’s Irish and French relatives.

Individual copies can be purchased be emailing Barbara at

Crest Haven Condo News in Florida

Germans are Funny, Too!

A new non-fiction book, 208 pages long, is being printed this month and publisher Manny Luftglass/Gone Fishin’ Enterprises of Annandale, N.J. and Lake Worth, Florida, is pleased to announce its arrival.

Author Barbara Steingas of High Bridge N.J. has written about the many humorous experiences that she has shared with family in Germany and since Germans aren’t particularly known as funny people, she would like to tell you about some of the very funny incidents. Glaister Kerr, formerly of Miramax, says in part, about the book: “the biggest strength of this book is that each story is told in a way that makes it easy for a reader to relate to, regardless of background.”

Readers interested in obtaining an autographed copy of the book can contact Barbara Steingas at For bulk orders, contact the publisher at or call 908-996-2145.

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