Columbia Southern Education Group Leader Pens Book with Daughter

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Vice President Chantell Cooley teams with Brooke Cooley to write Christian guide to help youth and young adults learn about 'Diving Deeper with God'.

Brooke, left, and Chantell Cooley co-wrote "Diving Deeper with God, Fully Surrendered" as an inspirational Christian guide for youth and young adults.

Southern Education Group (CSEG) Vice President Chantell Cooley teamed with her daughter Brooke to pen an inspiring and spiritual guidebook called “Diving Deeper with God, Fully Surrendered.”

To mark the release of the book on Nov. 18, mother and daughter will be signing copies of their book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Southern Grind, 4751 Main Street, #116 at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The pair will also sign books on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the morning service of the Brownsville Assembly of God, 3100 DeSoto St. in Pensacola, Fla.

The mother and daughter pair wrote their story of victory and faith as a way to encourage youth and young adults to draw closer to God through the study of the Scriptures. “Diving Deeper” offers practical advice with stories of both women’s struggle with devotion and the pressures of life.

“We wanted to create a guidebook for teens and young adults dealing with life’s hardships, social and family pressures and more while still trying to maintain a strong faith in God,” said Chantell Cooley, who has also co-authored another Christian guide for youth, “I’m Saved! Now What?”

“I think today’s youth really need to understand that developing a relationship with God doesn’t mean your life is boring. It’s a chance to make your life exciting and meaningful,” she added.

Daughter Brooke, a bubbly college student who works with her mother at CSEG, explained how she chose to “dive deeper.”

“When I was younger, I saw living for God as a sure path to having no friends and no popularity. As I entered high school, I had become the world’s puppet. Like most high school students, I felt the weight of trying to fit in, and I experienced setbacks from the decisions I was making,” explained the 18-year-old.

“I saw the damage my choices were doing to my life and to me personally. Every time I set out to do things my way, I knew I was settling for less. I knew God had something better for me.”

Both women have found it and say they have grown closer, both spiritually and as a family. “Diving Deeper” reflects their growth with God as their poignant stories reveal lessons learned that have help their love of God blossom.

Chantell serves as a leader with CSEG, the parent company of Columbia Southern University and Waldorf College. CSU is an online university based in Orange Beach, Ala., that features associate, bachelor’s master’s and doctoral degrees in fields such as business, fire administration, occupational safety and health, criminal justice and organizational leadership. Similarly, Waldorf College, based in Forest City, Iowa, offers residential and online associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Chantell Cooley works with both schools, but chiefly directs CSU’s training and professional development.

To learn more about the Cooleys and “Diving Deeper,” visit

“Diving Deeper with God, Fully Surrendered” by Chantell and Brooke Cooley. Published by Bush Publishing
Cost: $12.95; $10 for Columbia Southern University and Waldorf College students at the CSU Bookstore (
Available at:, and CSU Bookstore.
For more information, call 800-977-8449, ext. 1121

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