The Healing Doll Way – Crystal Author Earns Accolades for Book
Barb Kobe, who lives in Crystal, wrote a book called “The Healing Doll Way.” She says it started out as an assignment in class.
“I wrote the paper and the teacher gave it back to me and said this would be a book someday,” said Barb Kobe. “That was 20 years ago.”
She published the book in August of 2018. Recently the book won accolades from the Independent Book Publishers Professionals Group. The group named the book one of the best Indie Books of 2019.
Kobe exhibited her healing dolls at a show at the Robbin Gallery earlier this year. She has a story about her dolls and feels motivated to tell others about them.
“It was just a huge motivation,” said Kobe. “I was driven to keep doing it and keep making the dolls.”
In The Healing Doll Way, Barb Kobe shares stories and images from her transformative experience becoming a healing doll artist, as well as those of many of her students and peers. The book also guides you through the process of making healing dolls for yourself. The act of making a doll can take you through a process of imagination, recovery, and growth. You do not need to be an expert at dollmaking-or artmaking, for that matter-to experience the power of this kind of work. This dollmaking process invites and encourages you to explore a range of perceptions and emotions, and in doing so, reach a deeper level of understanding and acceptance of yourself.