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Pepperdine Athletic Chaplain Maurice Hilliard Releases New Book On Transforming Womens Lives
Maurice Hilliard, Pepperdine University Athletic Chaplain and project director at the Boone Center for the Family, recently published his new book The Price of a Pearl, in which he discusses what he has learned through teaching, coaching, and mentoring young adults.
The Price of a Pearl tells the stories of Hilliard’s experiences meeting and mentoring five women whose lives and situations appeared hopeless. The book chronicles each woman's unique journey as they changed their outlooks on life with the help of Hilliard’s guidance and compassion.
In his book, Hilliard also offers advice and wisdom from a spiritual perspective while discussing relevant and important issues that permeate society such as body image, substance abuse, relationships, domestic abuse and self-esteem.
Hilliard says he wrote the book for “those who will open their hearts and minds to the healing power of God and who are willing to receive help.” After receiving positive feedback about the book from women who have been rescued from human trafficking, he decided to donate a portion of the proceeds made from the book to help these women. He is also in the process of creating a nonprofit organization to direct these efforts.
Hilliard grew up in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s at the University of La Verne and a Masters of Divinity in Apologetics at Biola University. He spent 10 years as a basketball coach at Pepperdine and then became the program director at the Boone Center for the Family. He now travels and speaks at conferences, seminars, and groups about the transformational power of God. In the words of Pat Boone, Maurice “is spending his life and considerable talents finding the precious pearls, young adults who have been abused, neglected, and made to feel worthless and helps them discover their intrinsic, priceless worth.”