Bestselling author and international speaker, Deborah Smith Pegues, delivers sage advice on relational, financial, and emotional freedom for secular and religious audiences around the world. She is a high-energy, inspiring motivator, effectively incorporating humor and hard-hitting directness into her presentations to her never-bored listeners. Deborah has the unique ability to address readers across all social, racial, and economic strata.
A prolific writer, her most popular book, 30 Days to Taming the Tongue, challenges readers to embark upon 30 days of verbal abstinence from 30 negative uses of the tongue including complaining, gossiping, lying, retaliating, etc. With sales in excess of 600,000 copies, this book has revolutionized conversations around the world. Emergency Prayers a book of crisis prayers for those times when only God can solve the problem, has redefined what it means to “pray the Word”; many have reported miracles from praying the simple but powerful Scripture-based prayers. In 30 Days to Taming Your Finances, Deborah writes as a friendly boot camp sergeant and guides readers through the maze of FICO scores, credit card traps, personal spending plans, and much more. Confronting Without Offending sets forth strategies for effective confrontation of interpersonal conflicts with special strategies based upon personality temperament. Her latest book, 30 Days to Taming Your Emotions, is a consolidation of three of her most impactful books for taming stress, wrong attitudes, and emotional insecurity. (See "Online Store" for a listing of other books authored by Deborah).
She has been the featured guest on numerous radio and television talk shows to discuss the life-changing principles set forth in her works. Repeat invitations as well as letters from around the world affirm the effectiveness of her writings and teaching.
A seasoned professional and astute businesswoman, Deborah has held executive positions in several major corporations including ten years as Vice President of MCA INC. / Universal Studios' venture capital division and three years as Manager of Forecasting and Budgeting for Hughes Aircraft's billion-dollar Space & Communications Division. She has also served as financial consultant to several celebrities, various non-profit organizations and emerging businesses domestically and in South Africa. She prepared the initial financial projections for the development of the wildly successful Magic Johnson Theater chain.
A Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas and an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Southern California, Deborah is also a Certified Behavioral Consultant. She specializes in helping people understand, accept, and appreciate personality differences.
Deborah served for almost nine years as Chief Financial Officer of West Angeles Church, one of the leading mega-churches in the USA, headed by Bishop Charles Blake (presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ International). In connection with the construction of their $66-million landmark cathedral, she negotiated the largest financing commitment ever extended to a church in the United States at that time.
She is in great demand to share her expertise on church financial management and leadership essentials. Her advice has appeared in Essence magazine, Charisma, Redbook, and other national publications. Deborah's community involvement has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Christian Entertainers Fellowship, Inc., an outreach organization for high profile entertainers, Save Africa's Children, Inc., Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU), and special stints of sharing her wisdom with numerous other nonprofit organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for World Vision USA, the billion-dollar Christian humanitarian organization that helps relieve poverty in over 100 countries.
Respected community leaders have praised Deborah for her excellence, forthrightness and integrity. She and her husband, Darnell Pegues, have been happily married for 33 years; together, they conduct marriage enrichment seminars. They reside in California and have no children.