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CBLR Virtual Retreat - October 22-24, 2020

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 in 2020 for our Virtual retreat & 5th year celebration! 

Although 2020 has become the type of year none of us ever thought we'd see, it still won't stop us from praising God and enjoying Faith. Fun. Fellowship... and a whole lot of books! Please join us October 22-24, 2020 for the first ever Virtual CBLR. Can you truly enjoy yourself at a virtual retreat? YES YOU CAN! CBLR's interactive virtual retreat will be an experience you won't soon forget. 

Register for the 2021 CBLR and receive FREE admission into the 2020 Virtual retreat!

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 will be having a Gospelfest, 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.

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. We have a 70% return rate and a 40% growth rate each year because 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.

Christian Book Lover's Retreat - June 24-27, 2021 - 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!


Early Bird - Book Clubs w/ 7+ Members (June 1 - Dec. 31, 2020)    [$249]                    *Book Club Regular Price (Jan 1- April 30, 2021)                               [$299]

Early Bird Price for Readers & Authors (June 1 - Dec. 31, 2020)      [$269]                    *Reader/Author Regular Price (Jan 1-April 30, 2021)                       [$319]

Late Registration Price for everyone (May 1 - June 4, 2021)            [$389]                               **Registration ends June 4, 2021**


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Click: Hotel Information



In 2021 the CBLR will be held June 24-27, 2021 at the Charlotte Suites Hotel (Hilton) 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.

Charlotte Suites Hotel (Hilton)
 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive,Charlotte, North Carolina 28217 USA   +1 704-357-1414


When you stay at Charlotte Suites Hotel (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.

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.

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.

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
All Public Areas non-smoking
concierge Desk
Fitness Center
Indoor Pool
Onsite Restaurant
Room Service



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

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


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, 2020 in order to participate in the 2020 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 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.








hours of fun


Check back often to see what has been added.

Vast number of different workshops
and activities

6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Author Town Hall

Do you have questions that you'd like to get an answer for like marketing, writing process, etc. Or do you just want to network and have fun with like minded authors? Then join us for this informative and fun author event.

Host: Rhonda McKnight
9:30 AM-9:45 AM
Welcome & Logistics for Virtual Retreat 2020

Our 5th year celebration will be virtual this year. This is a new format for the Christian Book Lover's Retreat, so please attend this session and allow us to provide needed information to enable the weekend activities to go smoothly. This session will help attendees get the most out of the retreat. Thank you for attending.

CBLR Board Members: Vanessa Miller Pierce, David Pierce, Rhonda McKnight, Pat Simmons, Vanessa Riley, Angela Anderson, Kenyatta Ingram
9:45 AM-10:00 AM
Praise & Worship

Join the CBLR Praise Team for praise & worship to start your day off right.

Mary Morris, Marsha Cecil, Karla Brown & Pamela Nance Johnson
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
The Anatomy of Writing

Writing the story in your head using the left and right sides of your brain; and when to let your heart take the lead.

Rhonda McKnight
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Keynote Speaker

Grab your lunch and join us as we hear from award winning author, Pat Simmons. And she just might be wearing her Stacy Adams.

Award Winning Author, Pat Smmons
1:30 PM-2:45 PM
CBLR Jeopardy

How well do you know the Bible, CBLR, Christian fiction or church culture? Come have fun with us as we play Jeopardy, CBLR style.

Host: Joy Massenburge
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Stop Blocking Your Miracle

Do you have Mountains in your life that you need to move? Have you been praying the same prayers for years, but it seems like God isn't listening? Learn to unlock the spiritual keys to your breakthrough. Learn how to receive your miracle!

Gina Johnson
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Trailblazer's of Christian Fiction Book Club Meeting

Join Jacquelin Thomas, Victoria Christopher Murray, Michele Andrea Bowen, Pat G'Orge Walker and Maurice Gray Jr. as the reminisce about the good old days of African American Christian Fiction. You'll also be able to ask questions to find out what they've been up to these days.

8:00 PM-10:00 PM
CBLR Virtual PJ Party

Are you ready for the CBLR PJ Party. Grab your PJ's and tune in. But make sure those PJs are fabulous because we will have a contest for the best PJs. There will also be virtual games and prizes will be mailed to the winners. This event will be tons of fun, so don't miss it!

Host: Michelle Stimpson
9:30 AM-9:45 AM
Praise & Worship

Join the CBLR Praise Team for praise and worship to begin your day.

Mary Morris, Marsha Cecil, Karla Brown & Pamela Nance Johnson
9:45 AM-10:00 AM
15 Minutes of Cardio

Grab your towel, bottle of water and let's get moving with 15 minutes of cardio.

Host: Michele Wilson
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Virtual Tour - The What's In Your Mug Show

Many of us missed our vacation this year. So, join Angela on this virtual tour of Italy, Greece or Israel, who knows where she will stop... but we will visit a coffee shop. Have your favorite mug ready. Make sure it is full, because we want to know 'what's in your mug?' Are you a coffee or tea drinker in the morning? Is Hope in your mug? Is Faith in your mug? Let's have some fun with this. Show your support for CBLR, wear your 2020 CBLR t-shirt, take a picture and post it on the CBLR Group Page.

Hosted by: Angela Anderson
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Straight Talk For Men

This years topic is Forsaken. If you are dealing with the pain and scars from being forsaken or if you have overcome the pain of being forsaken, then you have to attend. God wants to heal us and make us whole!

Minister David Pierce
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Asian Cooking With Kenyatta

This will be a cook off competition. The winner will win a special prize! Here's how to play. Simply gather the below ingredients and cook along with Kenyatta. Then take a picture of your creation, table decorations, (decorating the table in some type of Asian theme is a must). You can also take a picture of your outfit if you dressed as if you were in an Asian environment. Let's make this fun! You can participate alone or allow the entire book club in on the fun! One cooks, one decorates the table, one picks out your outfits or anything else you can think of. When the cook is done, take a picture of the table spread and yourself or your book club then upload the picture where directed.
Here are the ingredients needed:
Rice or cauliflower rice
1lb shrimp Or 2 chicken breast Minced Garlic
Med Onion
Soy Sauce
Ginger powder

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

1 John 5:4 For Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. This workshop will increase our faith and help us to overcome the challenges in the world. If you are ready for VICTORY, don't miss this faith-filled workshop.

Host: Vanessa Miller
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Craft Party: Bean Mosaic Project

A Craft Party - Fun and sisterhood in a craft project
We will be doing a hands-on project that you can do with the whole family. You will need the following (per person):
Cardboard or poster board at least 8x10 in size
Paper or plastic bowl
Black Sharpie or Gold marker Sharpie

Dried beans and lentils:
Black Beans
Red Beans
Pinto Beans
Cannelli Beans

Orange/Red Colored Lentils
Green Lentils
Lima Beans (optional)
Pumpkins Seed (optional)

Vanessa Riley
7:30 PM-7:45 PM
Message from Vanessa & David Pierce

Join Vanessa & David, host of CBLR and Man Cave/Straight Talk for a special message concerning registration for our June 24-27,2021 CBLR. The 2021 CBLR will take place in Charlotte, NC at the Hilton Airport Hotel!

8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Baking Cookies With the Board

Wind down with the CBLR Board Members as we bake our favorite cookies and chat about books, family, friends, and whatever comes to mind. Join in on the conversation and the baking.

Vanessa Miller Pierce, Rhonda McKnight, Pat Simmons, Vanessa Riley, Angela Anderson & Kenyatta Ingram

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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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