Columbia Southern Education Group Leader Pens Book with Daughter

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Mother and daughter's 'Diving Deeper with God" offers teens and young adults spiritual advice in dealing with life's hardships.

Brooke, left, and Chantell Cooley debuted their book "Diving Deeper with God, Fully Surrendered," on Nov. 18.

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

The mother and daughter pair share short stories 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 from 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 say they have grown closer while writing the book, 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 Cooley 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” 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 the CSU Bookstore at
  •     Details: 800-977-8449, ext. 1121

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