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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Christian music news: Rebecca St. James sets ‘mother/daughter’ evening

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The “SHE” event, highlighted by Grammy winning Christian singer and best-selling author Rebecca St. James, is coming to central Arkansas on Monday, Sept. 14.

St. James and the event are scheduled to appear at First Baptist Church in Cabot at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 204 N Third Street. Tickets are available both at the church by calling 501-843-5472 and at the Mardel Christian bookstore in Sherwood. Tickets are scaled at $15 general admission or $19 for gold circle seating. They are also available by calling 1-800-965-9324 or visiting online at:

“It’s a remarkable evening that draws not only an audience filled with the equally engaged cross-generational teaming of mothers and their teen daughters, but even more remarkably it’s packed with the happily responsive faces of ‘cool girl friends’ from literally 8 to 80,” said spokesman Jackie Monaghan of Nashville, Tenn. Exploring the areas of being a “safe, healthy, empowered woman of God” at any age — thus the acronym “SHE” — is an experience that has regularly drawn a schedule of full audiences to churches and auditoriums across the country, she said.

Filled with music and “girl talk,” the event unfolds like a conversation with an old friend over a shared cup of tea — or as a Starbucks latte while twittering and rockin’ out to your iPod depending on the age group.

Australian born Rebecca, who has sold millions of units of her music internationally, offers a special emphasis on communication between teen girls and their mothers — a message found in the pages of St. James’ books and close to her heart as a communicator.

The conference is built on the concept of celebrating the beauty of becoming a total ‘SHE’ woman — safe, healthy and empowered — in every season of life. The conference series was inspired by St. James’ best selling books SHE and SHE TEEN (Tyndale) which have been an inspiration to teens and adult women to find their foundation for life in God’s plan for living.

A testimony to St. James’ credibility as a respected “voice” with today’s young women is seen in her recent book, PURE (Faithwords/Hatchette) being nationally honored this year with nomination as a finalist in the Youth/Young Adult category for “Best Book of 2009” accolades from the prestigious Christian Retailers Association in their annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Fall 2009 will find the release of another potential best-seller as her newest book LOVED reaches bookstores next month.

Adding to the perfect balance of Rebecca’s connection with the audience from her life experiences as a vital young single woman, is her ideal counter-balance. Joining her on the conference stage is her real-life mentor, Evie Tornquist, herself an award-winning Christian singer whose career throughout the 1970’s and ’80’s inspired millions of record sales and an enduring international following. Now married with two grown children, Evie has been both an inspiration and close personal friend and role model to the younger St. James who herself is no stranger to the term ‘role model,’ Monaghan said.

“An outspoken voice for her generation, Rebecca has taken her stand for purity onto concerts stages all over the world. Her best-selling single “Wait for Me” inspired both a best-selling book and a message that she has used to passionately inspire an entire generation of young people.

Whether through the rock influenced music of Rebecca, the softer sounds of Evie, or the mutual straight talk from the heart that is the core center of the evening. “Both women set their music and their life experiences before their audience, welcoming their questions, offering real answers, sharing God’s grace, His love, and His passion to reach women with the message of how to live life based on practical biblical principals in a rubber-meets-the-road 21st century,” Monaghan said.

“We talk about the things women care about from finding their purpose and security in God, to mentoring, to communicating more effectively with each other — whether teen to parent, or friend to friend,” St. James said in a news release.

Tornquist said: “It’s not unusual for Bec and me to see teens and pre-teens coming with their moms, or more mature ladies coming in groups. We have the welcome mat out to all ‘the girls’ to come sit with us at the feet of Jesus as we celebrate the real beauty of womanhood that the world too often tries to take away.”

As witnessed from the packed audiences on previous scheduling of SHE events, this year’s fall conference series will provide a much anticipated opportunity for women to celebrate the chance to connect with God and each other.

There’s a gift to be found here for every girl in attendance — young and adult. Whether they come for the music, to take notes, or just to take heart, SHE is truly a “special event.”

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