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Karen Kingsbury tale to premiere on Hallmark Channel Sunday

December 3, 2015 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University adjunct professor and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury will see her Christmas novel, "The Bridge," premiere on the Hallmark Channel Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST. This is one of the first times Hallmark has turned a Christian novel into an original movie for prime-time television.

"I'm so excited to see "The Bridge" come to the Hallmark Channel Sunday night," Kingsbury said. "I've seen the movie, and it's absolutely excellent. Liberty students should be encouraged to see that there are increasingly more opportunities in Hollywood for their work as filmmakers and writers."

Ted McGinley, an actor who stars in the film, said that Kingsbury's "The Bridge" is Hallmark's best Christmas movie ever. His co-star Faith Ford said it is a story that inspires faith and emphasizes the true meaning of the season, which we all need at Christmastime.

"The Bridge," a story of second chances and hope, has reached millions of readers.

Michelle Vicary, executive vice president for Hallmark and Crown Media said, "The characters of 'The Bridge' are confronted with the same hard choices many people face daily, and they overcome the obstacles with empathy and love —an inspiring message this holiday season."

Over the years, Kingsbury has become a favorite guest of Liberty University. She has spoken at the university's Convocation, North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian students. In January, Kingsbury announced a partnership with Liberty, becoming a visiting professor for its residential and online programs, contributing to the English and creative writing programs, and providing writing curriculum exclusively for the university. Students have also connected with her as a Liberty parent — three of her children (and a nephew) are current students.

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