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CBLR In-Person Retreat – October 28-31, 2021

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 2021 Christian Book Lover's Retreat - October 28-31, 2021

The Christian Book Lover's Retreat is an ALL-INCLUSIVE retreat. Simply put, there is no extra charge for any of the events you will attend at the retreat... and we plan a lot of events just for YOU! Don't miss the 2021 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 2021 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 below to see some of the 70s gear). At the 2021 retreat we are taking it back a hundred years and doing a Roaring 20s party. It will be a fabulous old-time 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

~ Keynot Speaker: Vanessa Riley, bestselling author of Island Queen

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 2021 we are taking this retreat to another level, don't believe that's possible... join us, because after being on a stay-at-home order in 2020, we are going to all get together and have the time of our lives. 

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

Christian Book Lover's Retreat - October 28 - 31, 2021 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!

2021 CBLR and COVID19 Safety Precaution

The COVID 19 pandemic is afflicted our nation and this a very real issue that we must contend with. Therefore, we are asking all CBLR attendees to get vaccinated before attending the retreat. If you are not vaccinated you will be required to provide a negative test that was taken within 24-72 hours of arriving at the CBLR. Other precautions that we are taking for the safety of our attendees include, but not limited to:

- Masks are required for all attendees

- We are limiting our attendees to 150-200 people this year with only 4 attendees at each table

- 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 at all times and that you keep your distance and allow others their own personal space. 

 

  


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Click: Hotel Information

Hilton Airport Suites Hotel

 

In 2021 the CBLR will be held October 28-31, 2021 at the Hilton Airport Suites Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The hotel fee is just $139 with breakfast included. You will receive all necessary information needed to complete your hotel reservation after registering for the 2021 Christian Book Lover's Retreat.

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 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.

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

*Free Parking
*Free Wifi
*Free Airport Shuttle
Amenities
All Public Areas non-smoking
gift/newstand
concierge Desk
Fitness Center
Indoor Pool
Onsite Restaurant
Room Service

 

HOTEL DINING

AMERICAN
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


PUB
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

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.

Download the Sponsorship Package.

  Click this link to see Additional Sponsor / Vendor Options.

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2021 CBLR Conference Schedule Below

Vast number of different workshops
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2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Registration Desk

Check in at the CBLR registration desk and pick up your name badge, souvenir booklet, tote bag and other items.

4:00 PM-4:30 PM
Welcome and Logistics

Join us for this informative meet and greet as we provide logistical information for a weekend of Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and a whole lot of books at the Christian Book Lover's Retreat.

CBLR Board Members: Vanessa Miller Pierce Rhonda McKnight Pat Simmons Vanessa Riley Angela Anderson Kenyatta Ingram
6:00 PM-6:30 PM
Virtual Author Panel Discussion (Non-Fiction)

Non-fiction authors will provide readers with information on their projects.

TBA
6:45 PM-7:15 PM
Virtual Author Panel - Historical

Grab your iPad, your computer or your cell phone and sign in to the zoom link that will be provided to take part in this virtual author panel discussion.

TBA
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Welcome Reception

Join us for a fun evening of entertainment, games, food at our BACK ON THE BLOCK Welcome Reception

9:15 PM-9:45 PM
Virtual Author Panel Discussion (Romance)

Grab your iPad, your computer or your cell phone and sign in to the zoom link that will be provided to take part in this virtual author panel discussion.

TBA
10:00 PM-10:30 PM
Virtual Author Panel Discussion (Contemporary/women's/mystery))

Grab your iPad, your computer or your cell phone and sign in to the zoom link that will be provided to take part in this virtual author panel discussion.

TBA
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Prayer Breakfast - In Pursuit of God

Let's start the morning off right with a hearty buffet breakfast, prayer, praise & worship and a message on Pursuing after God.

Speaker - Natasha Frazier
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Releasing the Power of Hope through the Practice of Hopeology

Participants will learn how to become more hopeful and how to share hope with others. Through the Practice of Hopeology we will explore how to think, speak, and imagine hope. We will also learn how to make hope connections with others through successful hope chats, hope fusions, and how to create hope spheres. This workshop is very practical and hands on with opportunities for audience participation.

Rosalind Thompkins
1:00 PM-1:45 PM
The power of WORDS

Your words have power beyond your wildest dreams. After all, that is why you read books. Love is in the words. God is in the words. Power is in YOUR words. In this motivational workshop will be explore written text, verbal words, and how to harness the POWER of Words. This is a virtual event

She Nell
2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Authors Doing Business in the Digital, Online and Virtual Space

We all love in-person, one on one connections with our readers as well as face to face collaborative moments and networking. But if we learned anything from the pandemic is that there has to be a balance and that in order to scale, increase our reach and profit growth as authors, we have to make sure that we don't overlook the power of doing business in the digital, online and virtual space. This is a virtual event.

Julia Royston
2:15 PM-3:15 PM
Don’t Eat Your Vomit!

This workshop will help you recognize or identify certain people, unhealthy relationships, and patterns of destructive behaviors, and teach how to deflect or cope with the consequences of returning to those same people, relationships, or patterns of destructive behaviors.

Carolyn Austin
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Craft Party

Join us at the craft party to learn about journaling in a meditative, reflective and fun environment. You will also make your own journal.

Michelle Stimpson
7:30 PM-8:00 PM
Showcase on Authors in the Song of Praise Anthology

Come here from the authors in the Song of Praise Anthology and get your book signed. Come to this event dressed for the 20s party because it begins directly after this book signing.

Dr. Velma Bagby Lerlene M. Johnson CaSondra Devine Yemana Dove Minister B. Lewis
8:00 PM-10:00 PM
20s Party

We're going to have a roaring good time. Come dressed in your 20s gear and enjoy a night of 1920s fun, food and adventure.

9:45 AM-10:00 AM
Praise & Worship

CBLR Praise & Worship Team
10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Self-Care

Self-assessment and understanding what self-care is. • Why is self-care important? • Identify stressors/triggers. • Where am I seeing the most stress or what are my trigger(s)? Create a self-care plan.

Yalanda Glenn
10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Is This English Class or Bible Study?

Purpose: To assist participants with using or teaching Bible literacy strategies Audience: Bible study teachers, parents, youth pastors, mentors, or self-study Workshop: Begin by introducing participants to different Bible literacy strategies, demonstrate how to use them by modeling and discussing, allow participants to discover on their own during small group breakouts using specific scriptures. Share out and discuss.

12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CBLR Book Fair

Come hang out with the CBLR Author and buy a book, get a book signed and take pictures with the authors.

4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Reader Appreciation Banquet

Put on your finest outfit and join of for an evening of elegance. Sit down meal, awards and our guest speaker

Guest speaker: Author Vanessa Riley
8:30 PM-10:30 PM
CBLR Pajama Party

Come hang out with us at our annual pajama party. This event is full of so much laugh-out-loud fun that you will be glad you threw on your pajamas and came to the party.

Moderator: Michelle Stimpson

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CBLR
2021 Reader Registration (In-Person)
$319.00
  • 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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AUTHOR
2021 Author (In-Person) Registration
$339.00

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
2021 Bookclub Large Group Registration
$1743.00

This is $249 per person.

  • Unlimited Workshops/Parties
  • Book Fair
  • Craft Party
  • Roaring 20s 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 2021 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
  • Roaring 20s Party
  • You can add a Banquet Ticket for your Spouse
  • Can only be Purchased with a Full Registration
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Add 2021 Banquet Tickets
Bringing Guests to Banquet
$55.00
  • 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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