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Vulnerability can be scary. After all, who wants to be hurt, or have someone take advantage of them? -- But agape love, God's kind of love, requires vulnerability. When done for the right reasons, vulnerability shows strength -- not weakness. Only a strong person could have the confidence needed to give unguarded love (when it's possible that their kindness, affection, and transparency might not be reciprocated).
Christi is an award-winning journalist and national weekday news anchor for CNN's HLN and TruTv’s In Session. In her nine years at CNN, she has covered a wide variety of stories, including two presidential elections, the Virginia Tech shootings, and the Casey Anthony murder trial. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently honored Christi with the “Hope Award.” The distinction was bestowed because of a segment she spearheaded called “Find Our Children” (which profiles a missing child each week). To date, 25 children are now home and safe because of the segment. In addition, Christi is an ambassador for Liz Claiborne’s Love Is Not Abuse campaign, which aims to teach teenagers about dating violence. She has also recorded two songs that coincide with her book, Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt.
Priscilla Knox Morrison
Priscilla considers herself a recovering control freak. Her detail-oriented nature grew into an unhealthy obsession for control. Active in her church, community, and the various activities associated with raising six children, Priscilla became frustrated by her lack of personal peace and a constant sense of inadequacy. Today, she is a thought-provoking Bible teacher, conference speaker, and writer. One of her favorite ministerial locations is a maximum security prison for women near her home in Virginia.
Sheri Rose Shepherd
Sheri Rose can relate to almost any woman's battle. The former Mrs. United States grew up in a dysfunctional home, and was severely overweight as a teen. As a young woman, she battled depression and an eating disorder. Sheri Rose’s challenges, coupled with God’s grace, have enabled her to understand the pain that many women encounter. A bestselling author who speaks to thousands of women each year, Sheri Rose is the founder of His Princess Ministries.
Amie Streater is Associate Pastor for Financial Stewardship at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also an author, financial coach, and speaker. Following her 15-year career as an award- winning investigative newspaper reporter, Amie entered full-time ministry in 2006 to help people get out of debt and save for the future. In the past three years alone, families under her leadership have paid off more than $6 million in debt. Practicing what she preaches, Amie and her husband, Scott, paid off more than $100,000 in credit card debt without losing their marriage, sense of humor, or sanity. Together, they are currently raising three boys, two dogs, and one cranky cat at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
A sought-after life coach, Valorie is the author of several books, including Listen to Your Life, What's Really Holding You Back?, Why Not You?, and Successful Women Think Differently. She has coached clients in over 30 states and seven countries, and appeared widely in media outlets (including CNN, NPR, Essence, and Glamour Magazine). Valorie has also spoken at events for a diverse range of organizations (including American Airlines, O, The Oprah Magazine, and some of the nation's largest churches).