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Thu, Jun 13


Plenty Downtown Bookshop

Author Event: Matt Bronleewe

Plenty welcomes TWO authors, one of whom is Grammy-nominated Jars of Clay band member-turned-author, to the shop with their biography about the incredible man behind Compassion International

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Author Event: Matt Bronleewe
Author Event: Matt Bronleewe

Time & Location

Jun 13, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Plenty Downtown Bookshop, 48 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA


About the event

We are so excited to welcome Grammy-nominated songwriter and author Matt Bronleewe to Plenty! Matt has co-authored a biography about the founder of Compassion International- an organization that is close to many of our hearts:

What Are You Going to Do? begins in the early 1950s, when war scattered hundreds of thousands of orphans across South Korea. Many Koreans sacrificed everything to help. When Everett Swanson arrived to preach to troops on the front lines, he stumbled upon starving orphans. The plight of these children broke his heart. He faced the question: “What are you going to do?”

Swanson’s answer to those six little words led to the organization known today as Compassion International.

Seventy years later, Compassion International sponsors over two million children all over the world, providing meals, education, vocational training, Bibles, letters of support, and more.

We are often faced with the same question, “What am I going to do?” And, like Swanson, we feel inadequate, afraid, or ill-equipped. Readers will see how small faithful choices can lead to larger ones—and in so doing, change the world for generations to come. Everyone—young and old—should be acquainted with this amazing story of faith, courage, and compassion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Bronleewe is a Grammy-nominated songwriter / producer / author. After growing up on a wheat farm in Kansas, he went to Greenville University in Greenville, IL, where he helped form the band Jars of Clay, which sold over 2 million copies of their debut album. After departing Jars, he went on to write and produce songs for a variety of artists, his name appearing on over 600 albums, with multiple #1s, awards, gold- and platinum-certified records, over 30 million copies in combined sales, and billions of streams. Author of the popular August Adams thriller series, his latest book is "What Are You Going To Do?" (Jan 2024), a biography about the founder of Compassion International co-authored with Eric Wilson.

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