Friday, June 10, 2011
Speaker/author signs with national distributor
For Immediate Release (Nashville, TN) – Conference speaker and recording artist Shannon Perry will release her first book entitled Grace in High Heels: Real-life Reflections of Humor, Hope & Healing via Grace and Fire Media, a division of Swanson Christian Products (SCP). Swanson has been a national distributor of gifts and church supplies to the Christian retail marketplace for over 75 years.
“I am so thrilled to be partnering with Swanson,” said Perry. “Their commitment to offering quality products to Christian retailers is long-standing and I appreciate their sincere desire to promote products that stay true to the Gospel.”
Adam Swanson, president of Swanson Christian Products, says Perry's book made an immediate impression on his family. “My 10-year-old daughter saw the Grace in High Heels book on my desk,” says Swanson. “She picked it up while I was in a meeting and fell in love with it enough to take it off my desk and take it home! She told her Mom she wanted to finish it for summer reading and said she thought the stories were funny and had lots of scriptures. If my daughter picked up on it that quickly, I thought, ‘Wow, this must be an engaging book.’”
Based in part on material from her original women’s conference “If the Shoe Fits,” Grace in High Heels: Real-life Reflections of Humor, Hope & Healing includes true stories from Perry’s life, reflecting on various issues such as being single, motherhood, marriage, finding purpose and many other topics that are divided into four sections: “Goody Two Shoes,” “Is there a Hole in your Sole?,” “Lacing up the Tongue,” “Walk a Mile in my Shoes.”
Perry has written articles for various media outlets including regular contributions to Salem Communications’ Crosswalk.com, Christian Voice magazine, Christian Women of Today magazine, WestSideStory.net, and Everyday Christian, to name a few. Perry conducts her women’s conferences across the U.S., averaging 50-75 events per year. In addition to her conferences, Perry performs solo concerts and recently sang the National Anthem before 70,000 fans at a Houston Texans home game.
Perry earned her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling and taught in the public school system for over fourteen years before entering into full-time ministry. Her most recent recording, “The Real Thing,” was produced by Lifeway Christian Resources producer/writer Paul Marino. All ten songs were co-written by Perry who structured the lyrics to fit in with her conference themes. She has performed with the Houston Symphony and appeared at Carnegie Hall. Shannon has shared the stage with best-selling authors Karen Kingsbury, Jan Silvious (Women of Faith), and Christy Award winner, DiAnn Mills.
Perry has created a two-minute radio show called “Does the Shoe Fit?” which was recently added to the WALK-FM Radio network (www.WALKFM.org) and will air on seven different stations in six states. She is currently working on a bible study curriculum to accompany her conference teachings, and is putting together a pilot for a television show.
Founded in 1935, Swanson Christian Products is a not-for-profit ministry of Victory Christian Center. It is an importer, manufacturer and distributor of more than 4,000 Christian products in categories such as apparel, home/office décor, Bible accessories, entertainment and custom products. Grace & Fire Media provides a non-traditional alternative for authors to gain access to more than 3,500 retail stores in the traditional Christian retail market.
Perry will be appearing at the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta at Swanson’s booth #1346 on Tuesday, July 12 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, visit www.ShannonPerry.com. For more information about Grace and Fire Media, go to www.swansoninc.com.