Based on the name alone, I knew the Christian Book Lovers Retreat (CBLR) would be the perfect event for me. Not only could I share more about Faith Beats Fear, but I’d get to fellowship with other word nerds. Listen, when it comes to faith and story, I can talk about these topics allllll day and night, so I found myself right at home with these ladies. Not only did I get to meet amazing book lovers and readers, but also several wonderful authors.
Created by Christian author Vanessa Miller-Pierce and coordinated by several leading women in the industry, CBLR included a meticulously curated schedule full of prayer, praise and purpose. The thing I enjoyed most about the four days of fun, faith and fellowship was the authenticity. So often you go to conferences, events, and networking functions and there’s this instinct to present your most “perfect self.” I didn’t feel that burden. I laughed. I cried. I poured into others and filled up my cup.
At the conclusion of the fabulous four days, I felt refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to get to work on my stories. Before departing, I spent a little time on the beach, finding inspiration watching the waves ebb and flow.