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CBLR In-Person Retreat – October 3-6, 2024

Faith, Fun, Fellowship and Books

Don't Miss This Retreat An Experience Like No Other



 

 

 

About Christian Book Lover's Retreat

At The Christian Book Lover's Retreat We Inspire God's People To Live Their Best Life NOW!

Join us for the 2024 Christian Book Lover's Retreat - October 3-6, 2024

The Christian Book Lover's Retreat is an ALL-INCLUSIVE retreat. Simply put, there is no extra charge for any of the events we provide at the retreat... and we plan a lot of events just for YOU! Don't miss the 2024 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... while hanging out with some of your favorite Christian authors. It's the most fun you can have this side of heaven. Guaranteed!

Why you should attend the CBLR...

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 the Prayer Journey, Morning Glory and praise and worship. For fun we have a craft party, pajama party, book release parties, gameshows, a pampering session and so much more... You will have the time of your life at the 2024 CBLR as you enjoy our many events and fellowship with other attendees.

We do everything with the EXPERIENCE in mind. So, you won't just get a regular party out of us... we like to theme it up. In 2018 we did the White Party, in 2019 we did the 70s Party (check out the photos to see some of the 70s gear). At the 2021 retreat we went back a hundred years and did a Roaring 20s party. In 2022 we did a Kingdom party and dressed in African attire. In 2023 we did an 80s party. And in 2024 we are doing a centennial party to celebrate Jacquelin Thomas' 100th book. It will be a fabulous celebration that you won't soon forget. So join us for Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and a whole lot of books!

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

~ Special guest speakers: TBA.

The CBLR keeps on growing and it's all because of YOU!

There's a lot to do at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat. You don't want to miss a moment of it. 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 has been rated as Amazing! Awesome! Wonderful! and Inspirational! and in 2024 we are taking this retreat to another level, don't believe that's possible... join us, and discover the difference. 

We also offer writing workshops and sessions on the business of writing that are designed to help Christian, inspirational and clean writing authors build their brand, grow their audience and increase their writing skills.

Christian Book Lover's Retreat - October 3 - 6, 2024 in 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!

2024 CBLR and COVID19 Safety Precaution

The COVID 19 pandemic has afflicted our nation and this a very real issue that we must contend with. Therefore, we suggest that all CBLR attendees to get vaccinated before attending the retreat. Other precautions that we are taking for the safety of our attendees include, but not limited to:

- Masks are suggested

- We will have hand sanitizer, lysol, and clorox wipes for attendee use

- We will sanitize rooms

- We wil have gloves at the buffet station and require attendees to use gloves before touching utensils

Please note: We will do everything within our power to ensure a safe environment but we cannot guarantee complete safety. It is each persons responsibility to ensure that masks are worn when neccessary and that you keep your distance and allow others their own personal space. 

 

  


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Hilton Airport Suites Hotel

 

In 2024 the CBLR will be held October 3-6, 2024 at the Hilton Airport Suites Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The hotel fee is just $162 with breakfast included. You will receive all necessary information needed to complete your hotel reservation after registering for the 2024 Christian Book Lover's Retreat. This info will be included in the WELCOME Email.

Hilton Airport Suites Hotel
 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive,Charlotte, North Carolina 28217 USA   +1 704-357-1414


HOTEL DESCRIPTION

When you stay at Hilton 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.

ROOMS
Make yourself at home in one of the 275 newly renovated, 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 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.

AMENITIES
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.

DINING
Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). 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. However, as a CBLR attendee (staying at the hotel) you will receive a buffet breakfast each morning at no extra fee.

Check in:  4pm

Check out:  12pm

 

If you are attending with the CBLR you are entitled to:


*Free Parking
*Free Wifi
*Free Airport Shuttle


Other Amenities Include:


All Public Areas non-smoking
gift/newstand
concierge Desk
Fitness Center
Indoor Pool
Onsite Restaurant
Room Service

 

HOTEL DINING

Restaurant


Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner Dress code: Casual

 

Authors

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.

Please Email @info@christianbookloversretreat.com for the Book Fair Attendance Form and the Workshop Attendance Form.

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 if needed. 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.

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2024 CBLR Conference Schedule... Coming Soon

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Registration
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Registration

Come to the registration desk and pick up your tote bag, name badge and other goodies to kick off the CBLR

7:30 PM-8:30 PM
CBLR Keynote Book Discussion

Join Author Jacquelin Thomas as she discusses her new release, Cold Case Deceit.

8:45 PM-9:05 PM
Mystery Theater Break

Another clue will be dropped concerning the CBLR mystery. You must be in the room to receive the clue.

Vanessa Riley
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
CBLR Prayer Breakfast

The word of God says, "If my people, which are called by My name would humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land. Please join us for a buffet breakfast and prayer.

10:00 AM-10:45 AM
Let’s Go Fishing for the Right CATCH/GUY – ROUND TWO

Calling on the single ladies and those helping a friend. Ladies, you asked us to return with more fishing, and we’re answering your call. During this fun workshop, discover the similarities between fish behavior and men. Grab your group of friends to form your 3-person or 2-person team. Using a fun game of bingo, you must get as many matches as you can to win as many clues as possible. Each match earns one clue. The more clues you win, the more chances you’ll have to choose the right CATCH (GUY).

Dr. Velma Bagby
10:00 AM-10:45 AM
Saved, Sanctified, and Filled With…Anxiety

Does anxiety stop you from being your best self? In this workshop we will focus on steps to get over anxiety, fear, and imposter syndrome in order to pursue your dreams and pursue that thing God has put in you. The workshop will feature little activities, a fun little evaluation, and then empowering affirmations that participants can go home with.

Olivia Shaw Reel
11:00 AM-11:45 AM
From Fractured to Fierce: You Are A Beautifully, Fearfully Made Mosaic

Participants will create a small mosaic choosing unique fragments (provided by presenter) that represent times in their lives good or bad. They will be encouraged to choose to release the pain of the bad to start seeing its beauty and how God turned the bad to good. Toward the end of the session, they will share their unique mosaic and express how they may now see their difficult times as more beautiful.

PAMELA MSHANA
11:00 AM-11:45 AM
H.O.P.E. Method - Bible journaling

Learning Target: To help others understand how to journal using The H.O.P.E. Method and apply the word in areas of your life. Opening: Using the piece of paper provided, write the alphabet down the left side. Next, for the first 5 minutes, brainstorm fun ways you can engage the Word of God

DENISE WALKER
12:00 PM-12:45 PM
Ladies in Waiting

This workshop will be filled with interactive discussions, visuals, self-care suggestions, and creating a keepsake for ladies in waiting to be reminded that their body is a temple of God (creating a key...symbol that God will keep them has a key to their heart). The main take away is to know that while waiting, it is important to learn how to wait on God, resting in His unconditional love, and allowing Him to help each lady to love herself.

AIRREIA PIERCE
2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Rom-Com Jeopardy

Have you watched every romantic comedy movie that's come out of Hollywood? Test your skills in this fun game show twist. Author Toni Shiloh will be your host as you answer the clues with a question and have a chance to win the grand prize. (Graham A)

TONI SHILOH
2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Stories to Screen Workshop

Learn how to package your stories for TV and Film by identifying genre, logline, and how to outline with the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet to create a one-page synopsis, scene list, and 5-7 page treatment for films. Also preview the process for TV Series Bibles, and how to find production companies to partner with.

TIFFANY L. WARREN
3:45 PM-5:30 PM
Craft Party

Throughout the years, we have done many craft/pant parties. We realize that some of you may have missed one of two of the craft events, so we are allowing you to pick which craft event you’d like to do. Whether it is painting, journaling, bedazzling a hat… we’ve got it for you.

MICHELLE STIMPSON
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Straight Talk Men's Conference - Day 1

Theme: When it becomes too heavy Straight Talk for men is a time of prayer, faith and spiritual growth for the men. Join us!

Minister David Pierce and Minister John Jennings
7:30 PM-8:30 PM
CBLR Mystery Theater

Please note: Clues will be given during events on Thursday & Friday, the mystery will then be solved at this time and dinner will be served, so come on time if you want to experience this fun event. You might be the criminal. Who knows, you'll have to be there to find out.

VANESSA RILEY
8:30 PM-10:00 PM
CBLR 80s Block Party

Oh, what a time we will have at this fun for all 80s themed block party. Please dress in 80s attire and come ready to take plenty of photos with some of the 80s items in the room. All in good fun.

9:00 AM-9:15 AM
Praise and Worship

Join the CBLR Praise team as they take us higher in the Lord with their anointed voices.

9:15 AM-10:45 AM
Breakfast with Books

Join us for buffet breakfast and a bit of fun as we do author speed dating with readers.

Numerous Authors
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Straight Talk Men's Conference - Day 2

This year's straight talk conference, theme: 'Sons come forth.' This is a time of prayer, faith and spiritual growth for the men.

Minister David Pierce, Pastor Chris Lyles and Pastor Johnny Brown III
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Historical Panel

There are some really interesting historical novels releasing in 2023 and 2024. Join us to hear from the authors of these amazing books.

Piper Huguley, Vanessa Riley, Tiffany Warren, Vanessa Miller Moderator: Rhonda McKnight
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Book Reviewing 101

Readers, do you struggle with writing reviews for books that you love? This workshop will show you how to review while journaling. You’ll be able to create your own book review journal and write reviews by answering 3 simple questions. Bonus… you’ll also learn how to write a review in 5 words or less.

Angela Anderson
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
CBLR Book Fair

Booklovers, come hang out with the authors, grab a book and snap a photo. The book fair is some of our readers favorite event so come check out all the new or new-to-you books.

Numerous authors
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
CBLR Reader Appreciation Gala

Come dressed in your finest for this gala. We will have an awards ceremony for our readers and hear from our keynote speaker.

Keynote Speaker: Jacquelin Thomas
9:30 PM-11:00 PM
CBLR Pajama Party

Laughter is good like a medicine, and you will get plenty from our must-attend pajama party. Come hang out and be ready to play games, have fun and laugh like you haven't laughed in years. Take Me to the King (Interactive Human Board Game) will be played during the pajama party as well.

Michelle Stimpson and Tia McCollors
9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Sunday Morning Breakfast

Kick off your Sunday morning with a scrumptious buffet breakfast. Eat all you can as we prepare to get on the road and head home.

10:30 AM-11:00 AM
Sunday Morning Praise and Worship

Join the CBLR Praise team as they take us higher in the Lord with their anointed voices.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Morning Glory

Join us for our last event on Sunday morning for the preached word of God.

TBA

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CBLR
2024 Reader Registration (In-Person)
$325.00
  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Craft Party
  • Special Party
  • Prayer Breakfast
  • 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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AUTHOR
2024 Author (In-Person) Registration
$325.00

Book Fair Has Limited Spots Available. (Authors must Apply with books that comply with CBLR Book Policy.)

  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Craft Party
  • Roaring 20s Party
  • Prayer Breakfast
  • 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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Group
2024 Bookclub Large Group Registration
$2023.00

This is $289 per person.

  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Craft Party
  • Special Party
  • Prayer Breakfast
  • 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 2024 Man Cave Only
Limited Package for Men Only
$99.00
  • Man Cave with Food Provided - Men Only
  • Straight Talk Event for Men Only
  • Welcome Reception
  • Special Party
  • You can add a Banquet Ticket for your Spouse
  • Can only be Purchased with a Full Registration
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Bringing Guests to Banquet
$75.00
  • Can only be Purchased with a Full Registration
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TESTIMONIALS

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

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Join us October 3-6, 2024 for the Christian Book Lover's Retreat! This is an event for readers, writers and people who love God and want to be around like minded people. Pre-Registration is open now until November 30th. Get registered now at the lowest rate you'll see all year long.

 

 



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