Conference speaker and recording artist Shannon Perry has released her first book entitled Grace in High Heels: Real-life Reflections of Humor, Hope & Healing. Based in part on material from her original women's conference "If the Shoe Fits," the book 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." "The ladies in my conferences kept asking me when I was going to write a book," says Perry. "I always enjoyed Barbara Johnson's style of writing, mixing humor with scriptural truths. That's what I try to do in my conferences when I share some of the crazy things that have happened in my life, and I hope those stories translated to the printed page. More than anything, I wanted to make sure the book was biblically-accurate along with being funny and engaging."
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. Perry 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?" along with her own talk radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com. She is currently working on a bible study curriculum to accompany her conference teachings, and is putting together a pilot for a television show.