- Writer, speaker, teacherpresent
New York Times’ bestselling author and international speaker Cecil (Cec) Murphey has written or co-written more than 120 books, including the runaway bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold millions of copies, have been translated into more than 40 languages, and have brought hope and encouragement to countless people around the world.
Some of his more recent releases include When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers (his 122th book, June 2011), Getting to Heaven: Departing Instructions for Your Life Now (his fourth book with Don Piper, March 2011), Knowing God, Knowing Myself (January 2011), and When a Man You Love Was Abused: A Woman’s Guide to Helping Him Overcome Childhood Sexual Molestation (May 2010). He has three additional books scheduled for publication in 2011.
In addition to his many books, Cecil has written hundreds of articles that have appeared in a variety of publications. He stays busy as a professional writer and travels extensively to speak on many topics such as writing, recovery, spiritual growth, caregiving, significant living, male sexual abuse, and more.
Cecil has co-authored a number of autobiographies and books for well-known personalities. The all-star lineup includes Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon (Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story—which has been made into a movie starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.—and Think Big); singer B.J. Thomas (In Tune); Franklin Graham (Rebel with a Cause, for which he won the 1995 Gold Medallion Award); and Norman Vaughn, the last survivor of Admiral Byrd’s Antarctica Expedition (With Byrd at the Bottom of the World).
90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) has sold more than five million copies, was the catalyst for several follow-up books, and plans are in the works for a full-length feature film. The book has been on the New York Times’ bestseller list since October 2006 and was included on USA Today’s list of top 150 bestselling books in the last 15 years.
In April 2009, the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) honored Cecil with the Extraordinary Service Award, one of their most prestigious awards. This award reflects the great respect the ASJA membership holds for Murphey and his extraordinary service to other writers. In 2007, Cecil received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from The Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. He was recognized not only for his excellent writing but also for his selfless mentoring of other writers.
Prior to launching his career as a full-time writer and speaker, Cecil served as pastor of Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Metro Atlanta, as a volunteer hospital chaplain for ten years, and was a missionary in Kenya for six. He holds bachelor’s degrees in education and religious education, as well as master’s degrees in education and theology. Cecil was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from The Richmond Virginia Seminary for his contributions to the writing field.
For more information about Cecil Murphey, please visit his Web site at www.cecilmurphey.com. His blog for writers offers great writing tips: www.cecwritertowriter.com. Help for men who have been sexually abused can be found at www.menshatteringthesilence.blogspot.com.