Dr. Cynthia A. Bond Hopson is an educator, mentor, best-selling author and Chief Inspiration Officer (CIO) of Touched By Grace Ministry. Audiences say listening to her is like having a conversation with your favorite girlfriend—she’s wise, witty and just a little wacky—and altogether wonderful!
With a knack for inspiring women, Dr. Hopson’s newest offering is The Women of Haywood: Their Lives, Our Legacy, a collection of oral history interviews with professional African American women in Haywood County Tennessee. This seventh book joins her other inspired works: Thirty-one is Thirtywonderful, A Prayer and Reflection Journal/Journey for Triumphant Women, an easy-to-use booklet format, that invites busy women to take 31 minutes for 31 days to hear and discern God’s will for their lives; Too Many Irons in the Fire and They’re All Smoking, Bad Hair Days, Rainy Days and Mondays, Wiggle Tales and Times of Challenge and Controversy. I Do…Every Day, Words of Wisdom for Newlyweds and not so Newlyweds, co-authored with her husband, Roger, was named #1 Best-Selling Christian Book by Amazon.com. This helpful guide urges couples to “work” at their marriage and cherish it for the precious gift that God intended.
Her work also appears in the Africana Worship Series, God Delivers Me, and her poignant letter to Michelle Obama is one of 100 included in the bestseller, Go, Tell Michelle, African-American Women Write to the New First Lady.
Dr. Hopson received the B.A. in Mass Communications from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), the M.S.in Journalism from Murray (KY) State University, and the Ph.D., in Journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists and the NAACP.
Dr. Hopson has been honored by the Jackson, Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution for Excellence in Print Media. She has also been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, been honored by the Haywood County NAACP as a Prolific Educator and Author, and received the University of Tennessee Award for Outstanding Civil Rights Contributions to West Tennessee. The Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has named her a Woman of Vision and she has been honored as a Wiley College Woman of Excellence. She has received the Black College Fund Award of Excellence and the Thurston Group of Washington State Excellence Award.
For over 10 years, Touched By Grace Professional Communications Ministry has been inspiring and empowering individuals and audiences so they may live faithfully and triumphantly. She joyfully says she asked God to equip her with many gifts so she could be a blessing to others. “My life and this ministry are an extension of these core values: honesty, integrity, self-care and awareness, enthusiasm, positive thinking, prayer and faithfulness to God.”
Dr. Hopson is married with two children. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.