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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe

Hello all!

This week the CFBA is touring Illuminted by Jars of Clay founder and ex-band member, Matt Bronleewe! Let't find out a little more about Matt and his great new book! I just got my copy in the mail a few days ago -- and it looks like an interesting read.

Meet Matt: Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. Illuminated, in stores now, begins the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within. "I believe we are entering a new Renaissance," shares Bronleewe. "We have the power to express our thoughts, ideas and knowledge in ways never before possible. There are new creative mediums cropping up everyday. It's easy to get caught up in the differences between these creative outlets, but in truth, they are synergetic, working together to foster a new age of artistic innovation. In the end, it all boils down to storytelling, and we all have a great story to tell."

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.

August Adams has failed his family before. He's sacrificed relationships in pursuit of adventure, fame, and money. Now the very lives of those he loves depend on his ability to decipher a centuries-old puzzle encrypted in the colorful hand-painted illuminations that adorn three rare Gutenberg Bibles.
It's a secret that could yield unimaginable wealth, undermine two major religions, and change the course of Western civilization. Two ruthless, ancient organizations are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. And August has the span of one transatlantic flight to figure it out.If he fails, those he holds most dear will die. If he succeeds, he'll destroy a national treasure.
The clock ticks, the suspense mounts, and the body count rises as August pits his knowledge and his love for his family against the clock, secret societies, and even Johannes Gutenberg himself.

Wow...sounds exciting! Make sure to stop by his webpage...you can read an excerpt from the book and download the soundtrack to Illuminated for FREE! And with his background, you know it's gonna be great!


  1. Thanks for sending me a LinkedIn invite. :-)

    And thanks for posting for CFBA!

  2. Thanks for all the support! And this is just the beginning... The follow-up to ILLUMINATED comes out August 12th, 2008. Prepare yourself for the next thrillride...HOUSE OF WOLVES!

    Matt Bronleewe