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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

April 05, 2019

Bestselling author, Jennifer Rothschild, speaks at College of the Ozarks

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted Jennifer Rothschild, speaker and author of bestsellers Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Me, Myself, and Lies in the Jones Auditorium on April 1.

When Rothschild was just 15, she was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. Since then, she has shared her story of embracing blindness on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, and the Billy Graham Television Special. She has led conferences with Beth Moore and established herself as a songwriter and recording artist, with six albums to her credit. 

In her mind, the greatest challenge of her life has not been blindness, but her attitude towards circumstances. As a mother and wife in Springfield, Missouri, her life’s mantra has been, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” Her story, which has been covered on Hour of Power, Life Today, Family Life Radio, and TBN, illustrates her constant reliance on God. Several national publications have documented her journey, including Today’s Christian Woman, Virtue magazine, Becoming Family magazine, and HomeLife magazine.

“I write about real life and share what I’m learning from a real God. My goal is to create inspiring, relevant, and practical content that will empower people to live beyond limits,” Rothschild said.

She has written 14 books and completed six video-based Bible studies, the most recent called Psalm 23: The Shepherd with Me. Currently, she is working on the 4:13 Podcast, a weekly, downloadable audio series which offers hope-filled encouragement and practical wisdom in each of its episodes. As the founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events, she brings women of all walks of life together for a community worship event. She created, an online leadership library which strives to equip female ministry leaders with the tools they need to succeed.

To view Rothschild’s website, visit:

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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