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Faith, Fun, Fellowship and Books

Don't Miss This Retreat An Experience Like No Other


About Christian Book Lover's Retreat

Good Times... Wonderful People... Faithfilled Events


The Christian Book Lover's Retreat is for... 

*Do you love God and enjoy hanging out with like minded people?

*Desire to discover all that God has predestined YOU to become?  

*Does the idea of meeting some of your favorite Christian authors, hanging out with them during book events and social events all weekend long sound like big fun?

*Feeling overworked, overwhelmed and underappreciated?


You don't want to miss the 2019 CBLR because we have events that will uplift your spirit while pushing you forward towards your God given destiny.This retreat is designed to help our attendees de-stress, relax and rejuvenate the weary soul... while hanging out with some of your favorite Christian authors... you won't leave the same way you arrived!

What makes this a RETREAT rather than just another book event?

At the CBLR we recognize that the hundreds of women who attend the retreat are busy professionals and/or housewives with children and/or grandchildren. These women pour into everyone else and everything else all year long, so this retreat is designed to pour into YOU!

We deliver soul stirring praise & worship and faith focused events that will rejuvenate and inspire believers to dig deeper, worship and find their place in God. The CBLR is not just an event, it's an experience! We also want you to have tons of fun, so we have gameshows and parties that you will thoroughly enjoy. Our authors host parties and soical events to say thank you to our many readers. 

... For the reader in you, we also have a huge book fair on Saturday afternoon.

Why you should attend...

The Christian Book Lover's Retreat is built on the principles of Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and a whole lot of books. With this in mind we bring our attendees faithfilled events such as a Prayer Journey, Morning Glory and praise and worship. This year our faith event will  be a Strongholds -vs- A Strong God event that will help us pull down the strongholds in our lives. For fun we will be having a 70s Party, pajama party, book release party, gameshows and so much more... You will have the time of your life at the 2019 CBLR as you enjoy our many events and fellowship with other attendees.

We do everything with the EXPERIENCE in mind. So, we're not just having a welcome reception on Thursday to welcome our attendees to the retreat... it will be a Hawaiian themed welcome reception.

You won't just get a regular party out of us... last year we did the White Party and this year it will be the 70s Party. So, get your 70s gear and join us for Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and a whole lot of books!

What to expect at the 2019 CBLR...

There's a lot to do at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat. You don't want to miss a moment of it. We have a 70% return rate and a 40% growth rate each year because this retreat is not just the most fun you can have this side of heaven, it's a move of God that will lift your spirit! Join us and discover why the Christian Book Lover's Retreat is the place to be!

  •   Parties/Workshops/Gameshows
  •   Strongholds -VS- A Strong God Session  
  • The 70's Party
  •   Anointed Author PJ Party
  •  CBLR's Got Talent Show
  • Hawaiian Themed Welcome Reception
  •  Crowning Glory Paint Party
  •  Zumba in the Morning
  • Praise & Worship
  • That's So 70s Game Show
  • Reader Bingo
  • Author Hunt Mixer
  • New Author Mingle
  • Book Club Meetings
  • Book Fair with (50) Authors
  •  Morning Glory
  • Man Cave/Straight Talk Event 


Christian Book Lover's Retreat - October 24-27, 2019 - Renaissance Suites, Charlotte, NC


Bring your husband, your mom, your best friend, book club or church group members... you will all have the time of your life at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat. The place for Faith. Fun. Felllowship... and a whole lot of books!


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In 2019 the CBLR will be held October 24th - 27th at the Renaissance Suites in Charlotte, NC. The hotel fee is just $116, or $139 with breakfast included. You will receive all necessary information needed to complete your hotel reservation after registering for the 2019 Christian Book Lover's Retreat.



When you stay at Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte, you'll be near the airport, within a 15-minute drive of Charlotte Convention Center and Bank of America Stadium. This hotel is 6.8 mi (11 km) from Spectrum Center and 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from EpiCentre.

Make yourself at home in one of the 275 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and Smart televisions. All suites hotel with pillowtop bed that comes with luxurious bedding, and all rooms are furnished with unspecified sofa beds. Satellite programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 3 miles.

Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are served on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 10 AM and on weekends from 7 AM to 11 AM for a fee. Make sure to pick the $139 rate when booking your room and you will receive a buffet breakfast each morning at no extra fee.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Charlotte? This hotel has facilities measuring 28300 square feet (2629 square meters), including conference space. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary at scheduled times.


Check in:  4pm

Check out:  12pm

*Free Parking

*Free Wifi

*Free Airport Shuttle



All Public Areas non-smoking


concierge Desk

Fitness Center

Indoor Pool

Onsite Restaurant

Room Service

Hotel Dining


Clock Tower Restaurant

Experience classic American cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere at the Clock Tower Restaurant. Start your morning here in Charlotte with a delicious meal, or gather with friends and family for a casual and savory dinner.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner







Atrium Lounge

Unwind with an evening libation and an array of light bites at the Atrium Lounge and Lobby bar. Our location near Charlotte Douglas International Airport makes us an ideal spot for a pre-flight bite, or relax here with a drink after a long journey.

Open for dinner Dress code: Casual


We are excited that you have decided to attend the CBLR. The first 50 authors can participate in our bookfair. After you register for the CBLR, please complete the Book Fair Submission Form. Please list the books you intend to sell at the book fair and certify that the books adhere to Christian standards because that is the expectation of the CBLR attendees (no profanity, no explicit sex scenes, no glorification of sin).

Authors are expected to donate 5 books to CBLR when sigining up.

Click the following link to fill out the book fair form.  Book Fair Attendance Form.

The Book Fair Submission Form must be submitted by June 30, 2019 in order to participate in the 2019 CBLR book fair.


Interested in doing a WORKSHOP or hosting a PARTY or SOCIAL for the readers attending the Christian Book Lover's Retreat? If your workshop, party or social is chosen for the 2019 retreat up to $60 will be refunded to you as a CBLR presenter. (The $60 refund is based on presenters paying the regular registration rate of $259.)

Please click the link to submit a proposal:  Proposal Link.

Please remember:

  • -We are looking for fun events that will engage a group.
  • -Multi-author proposals are welcome.
  • -Please include in your proposal any special requirements like audio visual needs.
  • -Hosts of parties & socials must agree to provide food for attendees. The hotel menu will be provided in order to pick food items for party.

You must be registered for the Christian Book Lover's Retreat BEFORE submitting the Book Fair Submission form or the Workshop/Party Proposal form.


We also have a limited number of sponsor opportunities for authors:

All registered authors have the opportunity to sponsor any of the following:

  •   Color Advertisements in the Retreat Souvenir Booklet
  •   Ad spaces on the Promotional Goodie Bag
  •    And other opportunities.

  Click this link to see available options.








hours of fun


Meet CBLR Authors Who Have Attended

Vanessa Miller Pierce;Retreat Host

Vanessa Miller Pierce

Retreat Host

Jacquelin Thomas;Award Winning Author

Jacquelin Thomas

Award Winning Author

Pat Simmons;Inspirational Author

Pat Simmons

Inspirational Author

Rhonda McKnight;Author & Editor

Rhonda McKnight

Author & Editor

Vanessa Riley;Historical Author

Vanessa Riley

Historical Author

Min. David Pierce;Host of Man Cave/Straight Talk

Min. David Pierce

Host of Man Cave/Straight Talk


Check back often to see what has been added.

The complete schedule will be posted in April 2019.

Vast number of different workshops
and activities

7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Man Cave

A time of bonding with food, games and man talk... feel free to wear your favorite jersey. (Being Men, God's Way)

Minister David Pierce

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Reader Registration for 2019 is Open!

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2019 Reader Registration
  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Paint Party
  • Friday Luncheon
  • Reader Appreciation Banquet Included
  • You can add a Banquet Ticket for your Spouse or Guest(s)
  • You can add a Man Cave Pass for your Husband or Male Guest(s)
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2019 Author Registration

Includes Book Fair Option (Authors must Apply with books that comply with CBLR Book Policy.)

  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Paint Party
  • Friday Luncheon
  • Reader Appreciation Banquet Included
  • You can add a Banquet Ticket for your Spouse or Guest(s)
  • You can add a Man Cave Pass for your Husband or Male Guest(s)
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Bookclub Large Group Registration

This is $239 per person.

  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Paint Party
  • Friday Luncheon
  • Reader Appreciation Banquet Included
  • At Least 7 Reservations must be completed at One Time
  • You can add Banquet Ticket(s) for Guest(s)
  • You can add a Man Cave Pass for your Husband or Male Guest(s)
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Add Man Cave Only
Limited Package for Men Only
  • Man Cave with Food Provided - Men Only
  • Straight Talk Event for Men Only
  • You can add a Banquet Ticket for your Spouse
  • Can only be Purchased with a Full Registration
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Add Banquet Tickets
Bringing Guests to Banquet
  • Can only be Purchased with a Full Registration
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What People are Saying about CBLR:

The fellowship is unbelievable.
Vanessa Riley
I have never felt the presence of God so much at a single event outside of church and I have attended a lot of Christian conferences within the area I live.
CBLR Attendee 2018
I saw an advertisement for the Christian Book Lover's Retreat on Facebook and immediately paid the full registration fee before I could change my mind. Not only did I enjoy the retreat. But I have learned so much about myself good and bad. Also, within this week I have had God move in BiG ways.
CBLR Attendee 2018
After attending CBLR, I had a sense of peace that I had not felt prior. I needed those few days of just communing with God and with other Christians. I want to encourage you to continue this work that God has given you. I will be there next year!
CBLR Attendee 2017
I am in awe of this retreat and I felt very honored to be among so many beautiful and talented authors
Author 2017 CBLR
Excellent event, great people! I loved worshipping with others.
Stephanie 2016 CBLR Attendee
I cannot give this retreat a # from 1-10. I will say INFINITY... the goodie bags, the structure of author appearances, the workshops and parties... everything was a blessing.
Laverne 2016 CBLR Attendee
Great event; well attended; lots to do. Yippee! Woohoo! Kudos! Amazing presenters.
Valerie 2016 CBLR Attendee
There were a lot of great things that were planned. All of the speakers were DYNAMIC! This was my first time, but I will definitely be back!
Monica 2017 CBLR
It was not just one "event" that touched my mind and my soul at the retreat. It was the love, friendliness, compassion, togetherness, camaraderie-- I could go on and on. Don't stop! Keep this retreat going. It is truly a blessing.
Felicia 2017 CBLR Attendee

CBLR 2019!

General registration for the 2019 Christian Book Lover's Retreat is now open!

We will be in Charlotte, NC * Oct. 24 - 27, 2019 at the Renaissance Suites. 2019 is going to be an amazing year with a 70s party, Anointed Author PJ Party, CBLR's Got Talent Show, That's So 70s Game Show, CBLR Reader Bingo, Morning Glory with Praise and Worship, a book fair, Crown & Glory Paint Party and so much more. You don't want to miss this retreat... Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and a whole lot of books! Register NOW!



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