Tentative 2017 Itinerary
10:00 - 5:00pm Author Town Hall - Cherokee Room
More information to come
1:00 - 5:00pm Book Club Town Hall - Colville Room
More information to come
7:00 - 9:00pm Evening Reception Hosted by Bestselling author, Jacquelin Thomas - Cherokee/Colville Room
10:00 - 10:50am First Time Attendee Session - Scotland Room
There is so much to see and do at the Christian Book Lover’s Retreat that it can be overwhelming to first time attendees. This session will help attendees get the most out of the retreat.
11:00am - Midnight Praise Break Challenge
It only lasts 20 seconds. But when the camera is on you and you hear the words, ‘Praise Break’ accept the challenge and show us how you praise God. Raise your hands, shout, dance, sing… do what you do and you will be entered into a drawing to win a fantabulous gift basket during the Reader Appreciation Dinner. So, join the fun and get your praise on!
11:00 - 12:00pm CBLR Lunch hosted by Vanessa Miller - Vanessa Riley - Sandra Barnes - Renee Spivey
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch With Kim Cash Tate - Eastover Grand Ballroom
1:00 - 2:00pm Author / Vendor Showcase - Pre-Function Area
2:00 - 3:30pm Scripture Bracelet-Making Party - Scotland Room
Join the Michelle Stimpson and have a little fun with the Word. Choose from a variety of Scriptures, pick your favorite colors, add just the right amount of “bling” and have fun fashioning a bracelet to encourage yourself or someone else.
2:00 - 3:00pm Gospel Jeopardy - Biltmore Room
Game show hosted by Vanessa Davis Griggs
2:00 - 3:00pm From Mess to Magnet - Five Secrets to Attract and Keep Lasting Love - With Valerie Lewis-Coleman - Cherokee Room
Differences in how men and women communicate, think and act have forged a seemingly impassable canyon between the sexes. Valerie J. Lewis Coleman openly shares real-life relational challenges to help you make sound decisions and avoid unnecessary drama. Using humor and wit, she divulges tips, techniques and suggestions to maneuver through adverse situations to build satisfying romantic relationships. The kind God desires for us to have.
2:00 - 3:00pm Breast Health - We Can Take Charge with Effie Spurlin - Colville Room
Learn about Breast Thermography, a safe and painless screening for women of every age and why getting a Breast Thermogram is such a good first step to become proactive with your breast health. Learn about lifestyle choices and changes you can make to improve and maintain good breast health, including a discussion about the importance of Breast Lymphatic Drainage and self-exams.
3:15 - 4:30pm Pizza Party - w/ Vanessa Riley - Cherokee/Colville Room
Join Vanessa Riley for some pizza and a fun time of making historical wedding gowns… you might even learn a bit of history during this entertaining event
3:15 - 4:30pm Hat Party Hosted by Pat Simmons, Jacquelin Thomas and Unoma Nwankwor - Biltmore Room
Bring your best church hat and come hang out with two best selling authors, play games and win prizes all while wearing your church hat.
4:00 - 6:00pm Meet & Greet with Kimberla Lawson Roby - Scotland Room
Kim loves meeting her fans. During this special time that has been set aside for fans of Kimberla Lawson Roby she will briefly discuss her current books, answer questions and sign books while meeting her fans. Copycat and A Sinful Calling will be available for purchase at this event.
5:00 - 6:00pm Women of Worth Workshop With Renee Spivey - Cherokee Room
Women of Worth was created to inspire, inform, encourage and uplift women of all walks of life to step out of the shadows of their past into a brighter future.This workshop will include a time of sharing testimonies, prayer, love, laughter, encouragement, inspiration and motivation. It is my desire for the women who attend to get deeply personal and work on releasing whatever anxieties they have about their past that may be holding them back from achieving their full potential
5:00 - 6:00pm Game Show - Host TBD - Biltmore Room
6:00 - 7:30pm FREE TIME
7:30 - 8:15pm Vanessa Miller - Book Release Party/Family Business 6 - Scotland Room
7:45 - 8:30pm Jae Henderson - Book Release Party - Cherokee/Colville Room
8:30 - 10:00pm Cake Designing & Tasting with Cake Artist, Desiree - Scotland Room
Always wanted to learn how to decorate a cake like the professionals? Here’s your chance… join Desiree of Desiree’s Delightful Treats LLC as she shows off her cake decorating skills. Attendees will also be able to sample some of the cakes… a yummy good time!
8:00 - 9:15pm Line-Dancing Social with NiaShanta Ross - Biltmore Room
Tired of attending social events and not joining in the fun on the dance floor? Is the last line-dance you learned the “Electric Slide?” If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, this is the social event for you! Throw on your favorite pair of yoga pants, oversized T-shirt, comfortable shoes, and join in on the fun. We will warm-up with oldies but goodies like The Wobble,“The Cha-Cha Slide, and even the “Electric Slide,” but be prepared to take it up a notch with today’s hottest new line-dances.
9:30 - 11:00pm Gospel Karaoke Night Hosted by: Vanessa Miller and Sandra Barnes- Scotland Room
9:30 - 11:00pm What’s Love Got To Do With It? With: Kendra Norman Holmes and Pastor Michael Holmes - Biltmore Room
Many know love in its noun form, but few truly know it as the verb that it is. Love is not just a feeling (i.e. fondness, endearment), but an action word meaning to be devoted to, to adore, to deeply respect, to dote on... to worship! 1 John 4:8 tells us that GOD IS LOVE. Therefore as Christians our love should form the shape of a cross; Join Pastor Michael and Kendra Holmes at the workshop where they will be talking about this cross kind of love and how love has everything to do with everything about reaching the full potential in our spiritual and temporal lives.
10:00 - 12:00am PJ Party Hosted by: Stacy Hawkins-Adams, Rhonda McKnight, Tyora Moody and Michelle Lindo-Rice - Cherokee/Colville Room
SATURDAY Reader’s Appreciation Day — Wear your book club apparel
8:15 - 8:45am Praise and Worship - Scotland / Biltmore Rooms
8:45 - 10:00am Morning Glory with Joylynn Ross - Scotland / Biltmore Rooms
Join literary editor, agent, and consultant, Joylynn M. Ross, for Morning Glory to acknowledge, show appreciation, and celebrate His glory in our lives, family, passion, ministries, and careers. Joylynn wears many hats, but there is one that only a select few have knowledge of or have witnessed. It's something she can't tell others about, but that they have to experience for themselves.
10:00 - 12:50pm Author / Book Discussion Panels
10:00 - 10:50am Vanessa Riley / Nigeria Lockley / Peyton Woodson Cooper- Scotland Room
10:00 - 10:50am Stacy Hawkins Adams / Cassandra Durham / NiaShanta Ross - Biltmore Room
10:00 - 10:50am Michelle Stimpson / Sandra Barnes / Tyora Moody - Cherokee Room
11:00 - 11:50am Michelle Lindo-Rice - Book Release Party - Biltmore Room
11:00 - 11:50 am Vanessa Davis Griggs / Jae Henderson / Joylynn M. Ross - Cherokee Room
11:00 - 11:50am Valerie Lewis Coleman/ Renee Spivey / Pat Simmons - Scotland Room
12:00 - 12:50pm It’s Raining Men - Scotland Room
Male authors - Steve Stemen Other Authors will be added - Scotland Room
12:00 - 12:50pm New Author Panel - Jozetta Cameron/ Tyra Rowell/ Trina Charles/ Meredith Greenwood - Cherokee Room
12:00 - 12:50pm Pat G’Orge-Walker/Unoma Nwankwor/ Regena Bryant - Biltmore Room
12:50 - 3:00pm Lunch on your own
3:00 - 6:00pm CBLR Book Fair - Eastover Grand Ballroom
2:15 - 4:00pm Painting Party (Group 1) (100 people) - Radcliffe/Wellesley Rooms
4:30 - 6:15pm Painting Party (Group 2) (100 people) - Radcliffe/Wellesley Rooms
7:30 - 9:30pm Reader’s Appreciation Award’s Dinner w/keynote speaker: Kimberla Lawson Roby - Eastover Grand Ballroom
10:00 - 11:00pm Comedy Show (Christian Comedian, NuffCED) - Eastover Grand Ballroom
11:00 - 12:00am Night Owls - Author Book Reading Session - Biltmore Room
Breakfast / Final thoughts
8:00 - 10:00am Breakfast in Dinning Hall (Embassy Restaurant)
10:00 - 10:30am Praise & Worship Scotland Room
10:30 - 11:30am Closing speaker/prayer and final thoughts - Scotland Room
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