Thank you everyone for your interest of the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat! Christian Fiction Readers Retreat (CFRR) is a one day event gathering of Christian Fiction readers and authors. The event’s theme is “Honoring God through Christian Fiction” and will feature speaker sessions, author panels, breakout sessions, prayer & worship and author signings.

An unprecedented event in the Christian Fiction genre, CFRR offers an opportunity for readers to meet and chat with authors. The event will include food, games, giveaways and free books.

Avid reader Bonnie Roof from Louisville, KY teamed up with book bloggers “Annie JC” of Just Commonly and “MeezCarrie” of Reading Is My Superpower to form the planning committee based on their common passion for Christian fiction and a desire for authors and readers to interact in a casual setting.  Many thanks to blogger, Beth Erin and author, Melony Teague for joining us as Associates in the 2017 CFRR. We welcome back Beth and new associates, Jessica, Suzie, Rachel and Kat to our 2018-2019 CFRR team!

The "ABC stewards" of this planning committee consists of:

Annie loves many things, her family, her friends and of course our Lord Jesus! She also loves food, design, style, fashion, travel and most dearly, books. She loves how different books transport her to a world of unknown, evoking different types of emotions and feelings. To her, every book tells a story. It doesn't matter if it's a children's book, or a contemporary fictional piece or even a biography. They each tell a story, be it make-belief or an account of true events. Each story, written by authors that spent hours, days or even years to share their love, their dreams or their memories are what makes books unique and a world unto itself. To honor that, she shares her reviews on her blog, Just Commonly, along with spotlights, author interviews, author guest posts and giveaways.

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Bonnie was born and raised on a farm near Louisville, Kentucky, and has lived in Detroit and St. Joseph (in an apartment on the banks of Lake Michigan) - and also in Nashville and Gatlinburg. She was employed for 47 years - retiring in 2007, and moving back to Kentucky to live within 2 miles of where she was born. Bonnie has two sons and one granddaughter. In addition to her reading obsession, Bonnie loves music, sings and plays musical instruments, and enjoys baking, traveling, and photography. She now write bi-monthly encouragement posts for Overcoming With God and is a beta-reader and reviewer of Christian Fiction books.

(The above description is from Overcoming With God blog.)

CONNECT WITH BONNIE:  Overcoming With God blog, facebook

Carrie Schmidt (aka MeezCarrie) is an avid reader, a book reviewer, a KissingBooks fan and a book boyfriend collector. She also loves Jesus and THE Story a whole lot. Her passion in blogging is to connect readers with a new favorite author or book, especially in the Christian fiction genre. Carrie lives in central Kentucky with her hubby Eric and their quirky dog Zuzu and is the long distance cool aunt to nine nieces and nephews. When she's not reading, reviewing, or "cool-aunting", Carrie teaches English as a Second/Other Language to international adults.

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Associates & Planning Helpers of 2018-2019:

Beth Erin is a Christian fiction enthusiast, book reviewer, and blogger. She strives to edify and connect with readers and authors through her blog and on social media. Beth is passionate about promoting authors and their entertaining, encouraging, and redemptive stories.
Beth lives with her husband and their four children in a close-knit rural southern Illinois farming community. They love their laid back lifestyle and small country church family. When she isn’t reading, Beth enjoys indulging in a favorite show or movie with her family, completing DIY projects with her husband, and seeing the country on long family road trips.

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 Jessica Baker lives Central NY with her husband, teenage daughter, beagle and cat. She loves Jesus, her family and her church. She is a wife, mother, church youth group leader, and avid reader.  She loves cooking and baking for family and friends in her spare time.
Jessica's love for reading began as a young child when her grandmother read her the book Teeny Tiny Woman. In fact, most of the books she read as a child were given to Jessica by her grandmother, to whom she is eternally grateful for encouraging her to read. Today Jessica has a diverse taste in Christian books, ranging from Amish to dystopian, historic to contemporary, and everywhere in between.
Jessica loves sharing her passion for reading with others, and connecting readers with authors. In addition to her blog, she provides support in managing street teams, proofreading, beta reading, copy edits, and assisting authors in any way that she can.

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Rachel is a stay at home mom who LOVES to read. She enjoys good (clean) books of all kinds. However, she has a soft spot for historical fiction. There is something magical that can only be found between the covers a book and her desire is to share that piece of magic with you. Rachel has been reviewing books since 2014 and is the sole owner/operator of Bookworm Mama. And she simply adores being immersed in the bookish world. Her husband and 2 beautiful children are her life and joy. Among the 500 things she does a day, she still finds the time to read.

Rachel was selected as a Judge for the INSPY Awards 2017 as well as The Christy Awards 2017. Rachel currently works for Pepper D. Basham and Roseanna M. White as their Virtual Assistant.

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As an avid reader, Suzie love sharing the growing Christian fiction and clean reads genres with other readers. Her TBR (to be read) stack is ever-growing and never-ending, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. While she have review blogged since 2010, in 2017 she have made it a point to review more often and include more fun giveaways for her visitors. Watch for some more fun in 2018.

In addition to reading, Suzie dabble in writing and enjoy some NHL hockey now and then (Go Predators!).

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Kat is a book lover. She mostly read Christian fiction and have been slowly broadening her genre perspectives over the years. She really love sweet romances, especially comedies, but mix it up with some great suspense and a little drama.

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