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About the Author             

Bob Hataway

 

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As a young man of 14, Bob Hataway worked on the big rigs in Center, Texas.  His uncle had three trucks that he ran from East Texas to the west coast.  It was Bob's job to service the units each week.

 

He arrived early in the morning and taught himself to drive by starting and stopping until he worked out the gear/rpm ratio and was able to smoothly shift the gears.  Those of you, who have ever tried, know how that works.

 

Bob’s love for trucks and the open road developed at a young age.  He longed for the time when he could be an over the road driver instead of servicing them.

 

This took longer than he planned, however, as his parents had other ideas – like finishing high school and the college.  To Bob; he saw it as keeping him from his first love.

 

In 1965, Bob started his own company manufacturing pallets in Houston, TX.  He got married and started his family.  He and Carol have 3 children – two boys and a girl.  They have been blessed with 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

 

Bob’s wife, Carol, had other ideas about his going on the road also.  But finally he was able to satisfy everyone.  His company grew and he needed his own tractor and trailer.  That meant he would get to drive.

 

He purchased his first tractor in 1973.  It was a COE International with a 335 Cummins engine.  It had a Jake Brake, chrome stacks (no mufflers), and a 13-speed transmission along with a 42' flatbed trailer.

 

Bob was proud of his tractor and trailer.  He would not let anyone drive it.

 

His responsibilities as the head of his company soon required him to be in the office.  As much as the tractor and trailer were his pride and joy, he still remembers the day when finally someone else did leave the yard as the driver.

 

In 1974, Bob moved his pallet company to east Texas.  The company continued to grow; however, he found the need for his tractor was not being used as beneficial as it could be.

 

To keep his tractor busy, he began to add reefer units (refrigerated trailers) for a local poultry processor.  He pulled poultry loads between his lumber hauls.

 

Over time, things reversed.  He began pulling more and more poultry for the processor and less and less from his pallet operation.  He needed more tractors.  He had to contract his lumber loads.

 

Bob eventually acquired 15 tractors and trailers to keep up with the growth.  As part of his growth in transportation, Bob bought his uncle’s trucking company.

 

Bob's life took some interesting turns in 1973.  He accepted the call into full time ministry.  Realizing his need for further spiritual study, he set about to finish his education.  He completed the degree everyone wanted in 1975.

 

To accomplish this, he turned the reigns of the company over to his right hand man and went to school in Fort Worth, TX.  It was during this time that God began to lay on his heart a ministry for truckers nationwide.

 

Bob encountered the ministry needs of the transportation industry while in seminary.  Joe Traylor, a driver, had an accident on I-35.  See the History Page for the events that changed his life.

 

In 1984, he was firmly convinced there was a need to minister to drivers.  Bob left the leadership of his company and started TransAlive USA Inc.

 

Today, he coordinates the activity of 100,000 volunteers who have worked in over 1100 cities in the 48 contiguous states and Canada.  The ministry has touched over 250,000 drivers.

 

Bob has written 4 books including this book “The Family Legacy.”  This book is his 4th book and describes a fictional American family and the trials and tribulations they encounter and how they, with the Lord’s help, are able to overcome adversity.

 

Bob and Carol lost their youngest son in August 2016 after a 5 year battle with cancer.  Mark’s family represents the legacy of a great traditional American family in our society today.  His wife, Liz, and their 3 children are an embodiment of Mark’s love for Jesus.

 

His first book entitled “The Memo” is a fiction work dealing with public trust.  The issues we fce both economically and financially in our society.

 

His second book entitled “After That…” is nonfiction work recounting his ministry working with drivers who served during the recovery stage of 911.

 

It is both a historical account and an inspirational account to help those who have suffered serious tragic losses in their families.

 

The third book entitled “Provoked by an Angel,” recounts Bob’s activity as a driver for his church on choir trips across America.  In that book, he describes how the Supernatural touched the Natural and so many lives trusted with his driving skills.

 

In addition to the penmanship of Bob, he has researched and scripted over 265 safety tips for drivers.  He currently has over 1 million copies of his safety tips in print each month through various transportation media outlets.

 

He will soon complete 365 safety tips and they will be published in a book entitle “An Annual Drivers Guide.”  There will be a safety tip for each day that a driver can reflect upon as he starts his daily work.

 

We do not need your financial help, but I have found that when God blesses you – as I think that these books will do – you will want to help with Bob’s further endeavors in utilizing his life skills as a spiritual outreach to touch others for Christ.  To make a donation to God’s ministry through Bob Hataway, just click the Donate button below.  God bless you.

 

“I trust that you will find these books beneficial both in scope and your spiritual growth.  Nothing is worth anything unless it glorifies the Lord.”  Bob Hataway

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