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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


2019 CBLR Theme:

Strongholds -VS- A Strong GOD 

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, white party... 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 2019 CBLR.

  •   Parties/Workshops/Gameshows
  •   Strongholds -VS- A Strong God Session
  •   The 70's Welcome Reception
  •   Author Hosted PJ Party
  •  CBLR's Got Talent Show
  •  Crowning Glory Paint Party
  •  Zumba in the Morning
  • Praise & Worship
  • Book Fair with (50) Authors
  •  Morning Glory
  • Man Cave/Straight Talk Event 


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

Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and Books!

Experience a stay unlike any other at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel. Simplicity is key starting with perks such as the courtesy shuttle, which drives guests to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, located just 5 miles away. Once you're settled in, feel free to relish in the thoughtful amenities the hotel has to offer. It is an ALL suites hotel, the suites come equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi and luxurious bedding. The Renaissance has on onsite restaurant that serves deliciously affordable cuisine.

Not only will you enjoy your stay at the Renaissance, but you will thoroughly enjoy your time at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat. With so much faith, fun and fellowship piled into (1) weekend, this is an experience you have to see to believe!

Bring your husband, your mom, your best friend, book club or church group members... you will all have the time of your life! Faith. Fun. Felllowship... and a whole lot of books!


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.


Highlighted events for the 2019 CBLR (Ocbtober 24-27, 2019)

    Writer’s Workshop with Jacquelin Thomas
    Reader Book Discussion with Sherri Lewis
    70s Welcome Reception 
    State of the Minds Pageant / Lunch
    Crowning Glory Paint Party
    Gameshows, workshops
    Anointed Author PJ Party
    Man Cave
    Praise and Worship 
    CBLR’s Got Talent Show
    Story Time
    Straight Talk for Men Only
    CBLR Book Fair
    Reader Appreciation Award Banquet
Strongholds -VS- A Strong God Session
    Praise and Worship
    Morning Glory
Many more events and activities will be added when the 2019 CBLR schedule is uploaded to the system... see you real soon!


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

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Reader Registration will Open 2019

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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
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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!

The 2019 CBLR 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, CBLR's Got Talent Show, Morning Glory with Praise and Worship, Gameshows, 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!



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