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Character Makeover: 40 Days with a Life Coach to Create the Best You

Dr. Katie Brazelton, Ph.D., M.Div., M.A., is a Life Coach and the bestselling author of the popular Pathway to Purpose for Women book series (Zondervan). She is also the founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers, International®, which trains Christian men and women internationally to become Life Purpose Coaches and two-day-intensive Life Plan Facilitators.

Prior to the book series launch in 2005, Katie Brazelton worked at Saddleback Church (where Rick Warren is pastor) in various roles: Director of Women’s Bible Studies, Director of Golden Gate Theological Seminary, Director of Research for Dr. Rick Warren, and as a Licensed Minister. Before coming to work at Saddleback Church, Katie held positions as Director of Public Relations for a multi-million-dollar medical laboratory and as Vice President of Curriculum Development for an ethics education company. Katie also taught English classes at local colleges for five years. Today Katie is focused on fulfilling her God-given dream of opening 200 Life Purpose Coaching Centers worldwide. Visit for details.

Katie spends a great many of her days talking with women about their God-given dreams, passions, and purposes. Her calling to help women discover their life purposes led her to Calcutta to talk to Mother Teresa about joy; to Belfast as a guest of Ireland's Nobel Peace Laureate to discuss inner peace; and to the tiny island of Malta to study St. Paul’s time of shipwreck.

Katie has been a featured guest on national television and radio shows such as “100 Huntley Street,” “HomeWord,” “Midday Connection,” and her print interviews include Today’s Christian Woman (TCW) and Katie has been a columnist for and TCW, and she is currently a regular columnist for Extraordinary Women magazine, published by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She has spoken at such venues as AACC’s World Conference and Focus on the Family. She is a Rockbridge Seminary professor.

Katie has two adult children and a daughter-in-law who enjoy each other’s company in Southern California. Katie was thrilled to become a first-time grandma in 2006. 


Shelley Leith is a staff writer at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., as well as a popular speaker on the topics of character makeover, self-esteem, life mission statements, parenting, and marriage. Shelley is also a Life Purpose Facilitator with Life Purpose Coaching Centers International® and leads 2-day Life Purpose Intensive Facilitations called “Your Life on a Movie Screen.”

Shelley earned a business and communications degree from Biola University and has applied her skills to marketing, computer training, building businesses with her husband, and most recently as a staff member at Saddleback Church. At Saddleback, Shelley created the world-renowned 40 Days of Purpose Campaign, which has been implemented in more than 30,000 churches in the U.S. in conjunction with church-wide studies of Rick Warren’s bestselling The Purpose Driven Life.
This year, Shelley Leith joined forces with Dr. Katie Brazelton to co-author Character Makeover: 40 Days with a Life Coach to Create the Best You. This book combines Katie’s expertise as a life coach with Shelley’s life philosophy that “you can be proactive about becoming more Christlike.” The resulting book is a rich, 40-day adventure in character development.
Shelley and Greg Leith have been married for 28 years and are able to draw from their own experiences as they share God’s timeless blueprint for marriage and family with other couples. The Leiths lead Bible studies and speak to national audiences at FamilyLifeTM marriage conferences. They live in Southern California, where they are proactively applying character-training principles as they raise their five children, ages 15 to 21.