COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, and evangelist Priscilla Shirer took to Instagram Wednesday to alert her fans that she was going to be at Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Columbus Park Crossing for a meet and greet.
"I'm going to hang out until about 5 p.m.or so, just for a sort of spur of the moment meet and greet." So, come on out if you don't have anything to do," said Shirer on social media.
The word spread quickly and her excited fans didn't waste any time lining up in the aisle at the bookstore to meet Shirer.
She stood for two and a half hours smiling, hugging people, and signing autographs. Many already had various books written by Shirer when they arrived at the store for her to sign.
Rosie Osborne who takes part in one of Shirer's bible studies brought her kids along for the encounter.
"I first learned about her when she was in the "War Room" movie. I didn't know of her until I saw that movie and I was so impressed. I thought she was so great and so I since learned what books and bible studies she's written," said Osborne.
"War Room" was Shirer's big screen debut. She explained why her first thoughts were to turn down the offer, thinking the movie producers were joking when they phoned her about the opportunity.
There are many reasons why I'm proud of "War Room." One of the main ones, personally for me, is I'm not an actor. It's something that was going to be completely out of my comfort zone that honestly, if I let fear and insecurity have the last word, I never would have done it." My first response was, 'are you kidding me!'"
That number one movie was a launching pad for her film career. She's now on her fourth movie which is why she's in the Chattahoochee Valley area. Although she can't say what movie just yet, her writings and passionate preaching have created a huge fan base for the daughter of megachurch pastor Dr. Tony Evans of Dallas, Texas.
"Oh My God, it was the highlight of my life and it was so exciting to see the woman who inspires me through her messages." Marion Williams of LaGrange, Georgia said Shirer has allowed her to see things differently as a woman, to be strong as a woman, and to have humor when life can really stump you down," added Williams.
"The movie would have gone on without me and I would have let fear talk me out of the gift of being a part of what God wanted to do through it. So, the biggest gift for me personally was that it was a lesson in watching God's strength be made perfect in our weakness," said Shirer"
Shirer wrote an accompanying book for the producers of "War Room" that the Kendrick Brothers during one of their previous films called, Courageous. It was through that connection that caused them to cast Shirer in their faith-based movie.
"When they were sort of writing that part for Elizabeth Jordan, they said, I just kept coming to mind and they knew I wasn't an actress. But I just kept coming to mind and they said they were writing it as I would say it or pray it. So, they called me, and I said, 'no' but prayed about it and watched God move our hearts in that direction. I am so grateful that for the opportunity," said Shirer.
Shirer added, she feels like "War Room" was God's way of saying to her, "I am still on the throne. I can still do what I want to do when I want to do and bring Glory to myself." Shirer said she thinks when we are in partnership with that goal, we see his favor and his blessing on it because our only goal is to bring glory to him.