Mary Hollingsworth is celebrating her thirty-fourth year in Christian publishing. She is author of more than one hundred ten Christian books, which have appeared on bestseller lists more than one hundred times. Three of her books have sold more than one million copies each. Total sales of her books now approach 8 million copies.
One of Mary’s bestsellers, Hugs for Women, was a finalist for the Christian Booksellers Association Inspirational Gift Book of the Year award. Her children’s book Polka Dots, Stripes, Humps ‘n’ Hatracks received the C. S. Lewis All-Time Top Ten Favorites award. She has also won several literary awards, including Howard Books/Simon & Schuster’s Spiritual Development Award, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Book Award (twice), and the ECPA Platinum Book Award (twice).
Mary currently serves as president and publisher of Creative Enterprises Studio, hosting two hundred of Christian publishing’s top editorial and marketing freelancers. Through CES these freelancers work on books for major publishers, such as HarperCollins, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, and many independent authors, companies, and ministries. They work regularly with such bestselling authors as Max Lucado, Tony Evans, Sheila Walsh, Rick Warren, Candace Cameron Bure, John MacArthur, and many others.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in business education degree from Abilene Christian University, with minor equivalents in Bible and journalism. Her master’s work is in mass media from Texas A&M Commerce.
She worships with the Legacy Church where she participates as a Bible teacher and serves as co-leader of the music outreach ministry. She is a former missionary to New Zealand and has co-led seven music outreach concert tours to European countries. She lives and works in Bedford, Texas.
For a more complete review of Mary’s career, see MaryHollingsworth.com.