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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

Rejoice... Relax... Restore... Revive...

There's a lot to do at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat. Authors host parties, socials and gameshows for the attendees. We've done paint parties, comedy shows, spa time... and so much more. We have the most amazing praise & worship and dynamic, inspirational speakers. You don't want to miss this retreat. It is a move of God that will lift your spirit!

What to expect at the 2018 CBLR.

  •   Parties/Workshops/Gameshows
  •   Book Fair with (50) authors
  •   White Party on the Beach
  •   Prayer Journey
  •  Spa Day Event
  •  Paint Party
  •  Zumba on the Beach
  • Prayer Breakfast
  • Story Time
  • Masquerade Ball Gown Design party
  •  Praise and Worship
  • Man Cave/Straight Talk Event 


In 2018 the CBLR is going to the BEACH! We will be at the higly rated Doubletree Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. The hotel fee is just $129 plus a $10/day resort fee/ taxes. You will receive all necessary information needed to complete your hotel reservation after registering for the 2018 Christian Book Lover's Retreat.

Good Times... Serene Atmosphere... Wonderful People!

This oceanfront resort offers spectacular views and beautiful private beaches ideal for swimming, playing, relaxing and strolling. Renovated guest rooms all have ocean views with private balconies and complimentary wifi.

Imagine how good it will feel to take in that glorious beach air as you watch the waves come ashore, walk the beach, lounge around the pool and enjoy social activies with CBLR attendees such as:  The White Party on the deck, a fitness session on the beach, and the Prayer Journey that ends on the beach... you will feel so close to God that you'll have no problem leaving all your cares right on the beach. Don't miss this amazing retreat!

Bring your husband, your mom, your best friend, book club or church group members... you will all have the time of your life!


Retreat Activities

We are currently accepting proposals for workshops or parties. We are looking for authors to submit workshops or party suggestions that edify CBLR attendees and provide an opportunity to show our deep appreciation for readers.

Please click the link to submit a 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.
  • You must be registered for the CBLR before submitting a proposal.


Events currently planned for 2018

  • Parties/Workshops/Gameshows
  •   Book Fair with (50) authors
  •   White Party on the Beach
  •   Prayer Journey
  •  Spa Day Event
  •  Paint Party
  •  Zumba on the Beach
  •  Praise and Worship
  • Story Time
  • Masquerade Ball Gown Design Party
  • Man Cave/Straight Talk Event


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 3-5 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, 2018 in order to participate in the 2018 CBLR book fair.


Interested in doing a WORKSHOP or hosting a PARTY or SOCIAL for the readers attending the Christian Book Lover's Retreat...

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

Cheryl Polote-Williamson;Keynote Speaker

Cheryl Polote-Williamson

Keynote Speaker

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

LaDena Renwick Tilley;Author

LaDena Renwick Tilley


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

Min. David Pierce

Host of Man Cave/Straight Talk

Min. Jacqueline Arnold;Prayer Journey Coordinator

Min. Jacqueline Arnold

Prayer Journey Coordinator

Dr. Norma McLachlin;Author/Publisher

Dr. Norma McLachlin


Andre Ray;Author

Andre Ray


Valerie J. Lewis Coleman;Author

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman


Alicia Fleming;Author

Alicia Fleming


Dr. Trish Harleston;Author

Dr. Trish Harleston


Linda Hargrove;Author

Linda Hargrove


Natalie Gray;Author

Natalie Gray


Tyra Rowell;Author

Tyra Rowell


Jackalin Jenkins

Jackalin Jenkins


Unoma Nwankwor

Unoma Nwankwor


LaDonna Michele;Author

LaDonna Michele


Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith


Shelia Bell;Author

Shelia Bell


Melanie Phillips;Author

Melanie Phillips


Renee Spivey;Author

Renee Spivey


Olivia Shaw-Reel;Author

Olivia Shaw-Reel


Lacricia A'ngelle;Author

Lacricia A'ngelle


Tyria Jones;Author

Tyria Jones


Michael Allen;Author

Michael Allen


Lakeshia Poole;Author

Lakeshia Poole



Check back often to see what has been added.

The complete schedule will be posted in April 2018.

Vast number of different workshops
and activities

3:00 PM-5:00: PM

Pick up your goodie bag, badge, and get your questions answered at the registration booth.

3:00 PM-3:30: PM

The where, what and why of the 2018 CBLR. All attendees should attend this session to get the lay of the land and an understanding of how the retreat activities will flow.

Attendee informational session, please attend if possible.
4:00 PM-6:00: PM
Writer's workshop With Jacquelin Thomas

Bestselling author, Jacquelin Thomas, hosts a writer's workshop on the beach.

7:00 PM-8:30: PM
Reader Book Discussion

This year's book discussion with be with Rhonda McKnight

Title of the book: Unbreak My Heart by Rhonda McKnight
7:00 PM-8:00: PM
President's Book Club Panel

During this panel discussion we will hear from book club presidents as they enlighten on the types of books their book club reads, types of books they'd like to see more of from Christian authors, how their book club was formed. They will also discuss the format for their book club meetings and whether or not they invite authors, or if they would like for more authors to attend their meetings.

Need 4-6 book club presidents for this session
8:30 PM-10:00: PM
Movie Screening

Join CBLR attendees as we view a Christian movie by an up and coming film producer

Movie Producer: Devyne Johnson
8:00 AM-4:00: PM

Registration is open to get your goodie bags, badge.

8:00 AM-3:00: PM
Prayer Journey

Take a Journey with the Master! Come take a journey to look at your "inner me" and allow God to reveal what He wants to change in you. The focused time with Him allows you to personally acknowledge areas of your life that need to be changed in order to allow a more intimate relationship with Him. Be the woman Jesus desires you to be as you journey from station to station introspectively searching your own heart for cleansing and healing.

Volunteers needed
9:00 AM-9:30: AM
First Time Attendee Session

There is so much to see and do at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat that it can be overwhelming to the first time attendees. This session will help attendees get the most out of the retreat.

9:30 AM-10:00: AM

The where, what and why of the 2018 CBLR. All attendees should attend this session to get the lay of the land and an understanding of how the retreat activities will flow.

Attendee informational session, please attend if possible.
10:00 AM-11:00: AM
Sink or Swim

The Sink or Swim workshop is based on the premise that "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." In this session author Melanie D. Phillips shares how, she went from devastation to determination after experiencing some of the most unimaginable losses in her life. Armed with faith, a renewed self-awareness, and a desire to turn her pain into power; She embarked upon a journey that changed her life forever. Using her story as a platform to inspire and challenge others, to redefine their lives based on what they believe is possible verses what they’ve been through. During the session attendees are encouraged to reach far beyond their “now” and push forward with passion, focus and faith toward a more fruitful and purpose driven life.

Author Melanie D. Phillips
10:00 AM-11:00: AM
Who Wants To Be A Whole Woman Game Show

n a very engaging, insightful and fun way, Natolie will lead the audience to discover the woman they were created to be through the game, Who Wants To Be A Whole Woman (a version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire). Based off Natolie's new book, Perfect, Complete & Lacking Nothing, the audience will explore the challenges of a woman that go back to the very first woman and rid themselves of those things that rob them of their peace, happiness and security. While having tons of fun, the women will leave with greater self awareness and gain powerful tools to be the best version of themselves.

Natolie Gray Warren
10:00 AM-11:00: AM
Finding Your Roots

This informative workshop is courtesy of the Jamieson men who appear in several of my books. Finding Your Roots will help folks get started on their genealogy family search. All that is needed is an old photo and obit.

Pat Simmons
11:15 AM-12:30: PM
Make a Masquerade Ball Gown

Join Vanessa Riley at the Masquerade Ball where you will make a complete a ball gown and mask from everyday items. Resourcefulness and creativity will be rewarded.

Vanessa Riley
11:15 AM-12:15: PM
Finding You

The fun part of reading is relating to characters. Sometimes we can even see ourselves in a character. Watching that character overcome their challenge can help, encourage, push us to keep going. Having friends beside you as you go through anything makes it a little easier... even if that person is make believe.

Michele Wilson
11:15 AM-12:15: PM
Author Panel Discussion

Authors for this panel are:

Tracey Dawson, Lakeshia Poole, Obioma Martin, Elizabeth Wallace, Patricia Bridewell
2:00 PM-3:00: PM
Attracting and Keeping Lasting Love (Forbidden Secrets of the Goodie Box)

Many women struggle to experience a fulfilling relationship, I’m revealing The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box to help you attract and keep lasting love. I researched, interviewed and studied men to find out why they do what they do in relationships. I’m sharing what I learned to help you become a man whisperer.

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman
2:00 PM-3:00: PM
Worshipper in the Workplace

You found the job with your name on it! You meet the qualifications. Actually, you don't, but you have a prayer circle that will bombard heaven on your behalf to ensure that you are considered. You prepare. You knock the interview out of the ballpark. You're offered the position, and you accept. You meticulously select your first day of work outfit. You pack your favorite coffee mug. You make certain you have lunch money just in case no one offers to dine with you on your first day. You plan the quickest route to the workplace. You are ready! Yet, you've forgotten one crucial, make or break concept. Have you considered the worshipper you will be in the workplace? This workshop will enable participants to explore the worshipper they elect to be in the workplace through simulations, small group activities, deep reflection and fun as evidenced through the Word of God.

Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett
2:00 PM-3:00: PM
Who Said It First Gameshow

Who Said It First is not your average Bible game. Players enjoy 3 rounds of action packed play that's tons of fun for the whole family! Two categories: Bible or Church Folks. Players select the Bible or Church Folks sign. I will read scriptures or saying that people in church say. For example, If God before us, who can be against us? (Bible) May Heaven smile upon you. (church folks) The team will then decide who said it, the Bible or church folks. The team with the most points after the rounds win.

Erica Cureton Linda Leigh Hargrove
3:05 PM-4:05: PM
The Power of Prayer

I will lead the women in a brief discussion on prayer. Women will be encouraged to share testimonials if they so desire. We will complete the workshop by making prayer boxes.

Jackie Jenkins
3:05 PM-4:05: PM
Managing the Mama Hustle

The Mama Hustle is a zone of performance where a woman aligns her intentions and actions to live purposefully, profitably and powerfully. This alignment of priorities and daily habits creates a resistance to be all things to all people. Liberated from the oppression of overwhelm and anxiety, she daily chooses to flow in her purpose and gifts serving others while maintaining her own sense of peace, joy and fulfillment. Having successfully, managed the Mama Hustle, the complexities of womanhood, she creates a healthy life rhythm. This rhythm provides the overture from which she experiences relational, professional and spiritual satisfaction. Participants will begin to: 1. Identify core values. 2. Identify obstacles to honoring core values. 3. Identify areas for personal performance improvement. 4. Make a connection between core values and desired improvement. 5. Create a Success Plan outline.

Raquel R. Robinson
3:15 PM-4:00: PM
It's Raining Men Book Discussion

Authors for this discussion are:

Andre Ray, Michael Allen, Alton Pete
4:15 PM-6:15: PM
White Party

Join us on the deck for an ALL White Party with music, food, games and prizes. There will also be Karaoke and line dancing.

Vanessa Miller & Pat Simmons
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
7:30 PM-9:15: PM
CBLR'S Book Club Feud

This game is played similar to family Feud. You will have a moderator and two teams. The questions will be literary and book related.

The book clubs will need to sign up.
8:00 PM-9:30: PM
Meet and Greet

Attend this session to meet our 2018 Keynote speaker. Cheryl Polote Williamson is an awesome woman of God with great vision... come hear all about it.

Cheryl Polote Williamson
8:00 PM-9:15: PM
Who Said it First Game Show / Who Wants To Be A Whole Woman Game Show

For those who couldn't make the gameshow earlier in the day we will have a repeat of these two gameshows on Friday night.

Gameshow hosts: Linda Leigh Hargrove, Erica Cureton & Natolie Gray Warren
9:30 PM-11:00: PM

Two parts: 1) Rhonda and authors will direct a few volunteers from the audience to finish a story. 2) Reading and giveaway of an original short story (giveaway will be an eBook).

Rhonda McKnight and others
7:15 AM-8:15: AM
Zumba Party

Zumba fitness class

Tyra Rowell
8:30 AM-10:30: AM
Prayer Breakfast

Begin your morning with this anointed time of breakfast, prayer, praise & worship! A Holy Ghost Good Time!

Cheryl Polote Williamson
10:00 AM-1:00: PM
Straight Talk

This session is for MEN ONLY! Join Blessed Is The Man Ministry for this thought provoking, lay on your face before God session. There will be speakers and also a time for men to share with the group... Come let's be transparent together... let's be uncompromising men of God!

Lead by Minister David Pierce
10:30 AM-11:00: AM
CBLR Group Photo

Join us on the deck for a photo of us all in our CBLR t-shirts

11:30 AM-12:15: PM
Author Panel Discussion

Authors for this panel discussion are:

Nicole Smith, Carolyn Crudup, Shanita Rowsey, Latanya Blackmon, Denise Walker, Arnetta Parker
11:30 AM-12:15: PM
Author Panel Discussion

Authors for this panel discussion are:

Thea Casey, Terri Johnson, Trish Harleston, Rochinda Pickens, Twylia Reid, Cassandra Woods
11:45 AM-1:00: PM
Battle of the CF Reader Quiz Bowl

The participants will be asked a series of questions related to Christian Fiction novels of authors attending event, author bio's and information, CBLR related questions, and general literary questions. They will answer for points. The team with the highest number of points will win a prize

We will need 3 authors to serve as judges.
12:15 PM-1:00: PM
Author Panel Discussion

Authors for this panel discussion are:

LaDonna McCann, Freddie Wilson, Carol Amos, Sandra Barnes, Donya Fenner, Tyria Jones
3:00 PM-5:30: PM
CBLR Book Fair

Join 50 of the top Christian Writers at the 2018 CBLR book fair.

8:00 PM-10:30: PM
Reader's Appreciation Award's Banquet

Join us as we break bread together, celebrate our readers with awards and listen to an inspirational message from our speaker, Rhonda McKnight.

10:00 AM-10:30: AM
Praise & Worship

A moment of praise to end this glorious weekend.

10:30 AM-11:30: AM
Morning Glory Session

The Morning Glory session begins with praise and worship from the CBLR Praise Team then First Lady LaDena Renwick Tilley will grace us with a word from God and her testimony.

11:30 AM-12:00: PM
Final Thoughts and 2019 Update

Vanessa Miller-Pierce will close the CBLR and give a preview of the 2019 retreat.


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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 2018!

Join us for the 2018 CBLR Book Fair on October 20, 2018 * 3pm - 5:30pm at the Doubletree Resort (Exhibitor Hall Area) * 3200 S. Ocean BLVD, Myrtle Beach, SC


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