18-21 oct 2018 Myrtle Beach, SC

Book Lover's Retreat

4 Days of Faith, Fun, Fellowship, Books, And the Beach

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

Minister David Pierce;Host of Man Cave/Straight Talk

Minister David Pierce

Host of Man Cave/Straight Talk

Minister Jacqueline Arnold;Prayer Journey Coordinator

Minister 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



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

6:00 PM-7:00: PM

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

7:00 PM-9:00: PM
Evening Reception by Jacquelin Thomas

Bestselling author, Jacquelin Thomas, hosts a meet and great and introduces new authors and other surprises to start CBLR.

Jacquelin Thomas and 1st Time Authors
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
10:00 AM-11:00: 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.

10:00 AM-11:00: AM

Registration is open to get your goodie bags, badge.

11:00 AM-11:45: AM
CBLR Luncheon

This is a luncheon to start the Christian Book Lover's Retreat

Sponsored by:
11:45 AM-12:30: PM
Lunch Speaker: TBD

Join us to listen to our wonderful speaker deliver a message of encouragement.

12:30 PM-1:10: PM
Lunch Speaker: Signing

Get a chance to take pictures and get books signed with our lunch speaker.

Guest Speaker
1:00 PM-2:30: PM
Make a Masquerade Ball

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

1:15 PM-1:45: PM
Vanessa Miller Book Signing

Join Vanessa Miller as she discusses her latest book and signs autographs.

4:00 PM-6:00: PM
White Party

Join us on the deck for an ALL White Party with music, food, games and prizes

Vanessa Miller & Pat Simmons
5:00 PM-11:00: 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)

8:00 PM-9:30: 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
8:30 AM-10:30: AM
Prayer Breakfast

Breakfast, prayer, praise & worship... Beginning our morning praising and praying to God!

Cheryl Polote Williamson
11:30 AM-1:00: PM
Painting Party

Join in on this group activity to paint something spectacular.

3:00 PM-5:30: PM
CBLR Book Fair

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

8:00 PM-10:00: PM
Reader's Appreciation Award's Reception

Join us as we break bread together and listen to an inspirational meal with our keynote speaker.

2:00 PM-3:00: 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
10:00 AM-10:30: AM
Praise & Worship

A moment of praise to end this glorious weekend.

10:30 AM-11:00: AM
Sunday Worship

Our speaker will minister the gospel to the CBLR family.

11:00 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

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Blessed Is The Man Ministries will be hosting Man Cave & Straigh Talk for MEN Only! Ladies, bring your husbands to the beach with you and register them for this anointed and appointed time of fellowship and inspiration!


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