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Michelle McKinney Hammond

Where does one go from after experiencing personal disaster, unexpected devastation and
shattered dreams? Michelle McKinney Hammond would tell you "onward and upward!"

As a bestselling author, speaker, singer and television host, Michelle has authored over 20 books (selling over one million copies worldwide), including best-selling titles The Diva Principle, Sassy, Single and Satisfied, 101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention and Secrets of an Irresistible Woman. A gifted vocalist, Michelle has recorded two CDs and co-hosts the three-time Emmy-nominated television show Aspiring Women. She has appeared on countless television shows including Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, E Channel's "SoapTalk," NBC's The Other Half, The 700 Club, and BET's Oh Drama! She has graced the cover of magazines such as Today's Christian Woman and Christian Single Magazine, writes a column for BE (Black Elegance), and has been featured in The New York Times, Shine, Discipleship Journal Homelife and Jet.

Following several successful years in an award-winning advertising career (her clients included Coca-Cola USA, McDonald's, Procter and Gamble and General Motors Corporation), Michelle's perfect world crumbled when she was hit by a car, suffering a devastating leg injury. Through one surgery after another, Michelle's disposition never wavered. "I never had a 'woeis- me' period," Michelle reflects. For her, the accident was a spiritual turning point, a wake up call to embrace her purpose and fulfill her destiny.

As she lay recuperating, a friend found an old manuscript she'd started four years earlier and encouraged Michelle to finish it. Those bedridden months gave birth to her first bestseller, What To Do Until Love Finds You. "I was a miserable single person," Michelle recalls. "I finally got happy and I wanted to share some of the things I'd learned along the way. I wanted to give other singles what I wish someone had written for me when I was struggling to find fulfillment."

Since then, Michelle has emerged as a highly-respected author, speaker and singer, reaching a diverse audience. "While my books and my speaking reflect my heartfelt concern for others, my music connects me to God. It is where I pour out my love and my celebration of who He is. I share this with others because I know our journeys reflect the same emotions," she reveals.

Michelle's warm, girlfriend-next-door look at tough, real-life issues has given her a reputation as a woman's woman, a singles and relationship expert, and a well-recognized "Diva." But don't let her "diva-tude" fool you: she is a diva re-defined. In her latest bestseller, The Diva Principle, Michelle asserts, "Being a diva is not the spoiled brat syndrome. A diva is not arrogant and selfinvolved. The real meaning of the word is divine." Michelle believe a true diva embraces and celebrates her femininity, leaving a positive lasting impression on everyone she encounters.

Michelle's underlying message is to pursue and embrace a right relationship with God, ourselves, and each other. "I am inspired to create by the needs of people. My creative inspiration comes from my heartfelt desire to give relevant answers to people's questions," she says. Taking on universal subjects from relationships to self-image with refreshing honesty and candor, Michelle illuminates timeless truths, making the down-to-earth principles she serves up truly divine.

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The Diva Principle
What is a “Diva”? And WHO is a diva? Michelle believes a true diva embraces and celebrates
her femininity and leaves a positive lasting impression on everyone she encounters. Michelle
helps us redefine what a true diva really is with practical lessons that contain spiritual insight into
getting your heart, act and life together. This lesson gives women permission to discover how
magnificent and special they are and inspires them to realize and unlock their own potential.

It's Not About Me...
Sometimes, what we need most is perspective: that special insight that reveals the BIG picture
that we don't always see, helping us understand the significance of our longings and experiences.
Michelle reveals the meaning of our journey that is discovered as we patiently wait for the unfolding
of the divine plan for our lives, trusting that everything will fall into place when it's time.

Do You Want to Be Whole?
Michelle takes a look at how the attitudes, beliefs and perspectives we hold of ourselves
and our circumstances shape our outcomes in life. We each have the potential to experience
unlimited joy, fulfillment and victory in our lives, and Michelle shows us how.

Finding Boaz, Locating Ruth
This lesson takes a look at the life of Ruth and Boaz in the Old Testament, and culls principles
that will equip singles to live their lives to the fullest until their mate arrives on the scene.
Includes tips for recognizing and attracting the right person.

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