NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 13, 2023)
Amber Weigand-Buckley (multi-award-winning founding editor of Leading Hearts magazine) and Lisa Burris Burns partner with more than 30 powerful female voices and dive into the daring reality of stepping up to God’s calling — redefining leadership in a new book, Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success, releasing in print and digital forms on May 23 via Bold Vision Books.

“Like many on this round planet, I face the challenge of keeping life focused while battling a bunch of brain activity that doesn’t like to play nice,” Weigand-Buckley said. “It took a long time for me to realize that my mental illness does not disqualify me from God’s leadership call on my life.”

Despite their diversity, these stories reveal that all women — no matter how successful — face similar challenges.

“When my journey took my heart through multiple hard spaces, I almost forgot who I was and struggled to understand why I was here,” Burris Burns said.

Each chapter of Leading Ladies gives insight into the lives of women equipped by God to realize their potential. You’ll hear inspirational voices from influencers of all ages, hues, backgrounds, and job descriptions, including:

Gospel Music Recording Sensation Babbie Mason · Jacquelyn Marushka — one of the youngest vice presidents at Provident/Sony and owner of Maruska Media · “Chewbacca Mom” Candace Payne · Martha Bolton, Former Staff Writer for Bob Hope · Comedian Kerri Pomarillo · Jane Jenkins Herlong — Miss South Carolina 1979 | Humorist · Viral CCM Artist Katy Nichole · Nancy Bogart, Founder of Jordan Essentials · Kymberlie Joye, Contestant on The Voice Season 15 | Recording Artist · GiGi Orsillo—Television and Film Actress · Monica Schmelter — General Manager WHTN/CTN Nashville/ Host of Bridges

“These authentic voices share collectively how there are many ways to climb, with God’s help, to the top of the mountain,” said Pam Farrel, bestselling author.

In conjunction with the project, Michaelah Weaver of The Keepers Co released an original single, “Lead Me On.” The single can be downloaded for free at

Leading Ladies will be available May 23, wherever books are sold. The Leading Ladies Discovery and Next Steps Journal will release in January 2024. You can hear more from Weigand-Buckley and Burris Burns on the “Coffee Chat: Real Life, Real Influence. No Makeup Required” podcast, available on Apple, Spotify, iHeart, and Google Podcasts. For more information, visit and follow LEADINGLADIESLIFE on socials.

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