Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Author Cecil Murphey

Cecil Murphey has published 108 books, fiction and nonfiction, with publishers such as: Penguin Group (Berkley Praise), HarperCollins, WarnerFaith, Kensington, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, W Publishing, Bethany, B&H, Fleming H. Revell, Baker Book House, and InterVarsity Press.

His 90 Minutes in Heaven (Revell) which he co-authored with Don Piper has been on the New York Times' best-seller list since October 2006. The book has sold nearly four million copies, is on CD, large-print editions, and in 28 languages including Spanish. 90 Minutes in Heaven was picked up by four book clubs, and has been a big seller at Wal-Mart, Air Host, Books-a-Million, and K-Mart. The follow-up book, Heaven is Real (Berkley Praise) was released in August 2007, with an initial print run of 195,000. The book was selected by two book clubs, and by the second week was #13 on the NY Times' How-to, Advice extended list.

His Touchdown Alexander: My Story of Faith, Football, and Pursuing the Dream (Harvest House), co-authored with Seattle Seahawks running back and NFL MVP, Shaun Alexander, received the 2007 Retailer's Choice Award.

I Choose to Stay (Kensington), which he wrote for Salome Thomas-EL, was condensed in Reader's Digest. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote the foreword to the book. Actor Will Smith wrote the foreword to the follow-up book, The Immortality of Influence (2006). Four book clubs have selected The Immortality of Influence. Black Issues Book Review magazine selected The Immortality of Influence as their top pick for 2006.

Murphey has earned a masters degree in education and another in theology. He completed one year of work on a Ph.D. In 2006, he received an honorary D.Litt from Richmond Virginia Seminary for his "distinguished service in the field of literature."

He taught elementary grades for 3 years; did extensive teaching of church leaders in Kenya for 6 years; taught part time at Beulah Heights University for 18 years; and in more than 200 writers conferences. Since 2003, he offers four mentoring clinics each year in various cities.

He received the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association for his contributions to publishing, 2007.

He received 3 nominations for the Gold Medallion and was the 1996 winner for his co-written autobiography of Billy Graham's son, Rebel With a Cause (Nelson).

He also received the prestigious Author of the Year award for nonfiction 3 times (the most ever received by one author) from the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists.

Murphey received the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media (print medium) in 2004 and in 2005.

His tag line is "The Man Behind the Words" and his website is http://www.cecilmurphey.com/.
Since 2001, he has been a panelist on TheWritersView, a moderated, online, professional writers' group with about 1,600 members.

His monthly newsletter has approximately 7,000 subscribers.

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