Cecil “Cec” Murphey (born January 28, 1933) is an American writer with more than 100 books published since 1975 in categories such as fiction, nonfiction, biography, memoir, and inspiration. He has many best sellers to his credit, most notably “The Ben Carson Story” (collaboration with Dr. Ben Carson) and “A True Story of Death & Life” (collaboration with Don Piper). Murphey has also written books with other notable celebrities such as Shaun Alexander ("Touchdown!"), Franklin Graham ("Rebel With a Cause"), singer B.J. Thomas ("In Tune"), and Bishop Eddie Long ("60 Seconds to Greatness").
Murphey is also a public speaker on such topics as Christianity, faith, care-giving, and writing. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Shirley.
Murphey was born in Hobart, Oklahoma. Growing up without much exposure to spiritual living, he went into the Navy soon after high school (1951—1955). In 1954 he came across a used copy of the book The Magnificent Obsession (By Lloyd C. Douglas) which resulted in Murphey having a salvation experience. From that point, he began attending church regularly, and within a year he met his future wife, Shirley Brackett. They were soon married.
After a discharge from the Navy, Murphey taught school for three years before moving to Kenya, Africa to serve as a missionary for a period of six years. Upon returning to the United States he began studying for the ministry at Columbia, A Presbyterian seminary in Atlanta, GA. Murphey also holds an MA in education from Atlanta University, and an honorary Doctorate of Literature degree from The Richmond Virginia Seminary.
In February 2007 Murphey and his wife Shirley lost their house and all belongings in a fire which also took the life of their son in law, Alan Hege.
Murphey served as full-time pastor of a small Presbyterian church in Atlanta, GA for fourteen years. He has also spoken and taught at conferences for years on topics related to Christian living, caregiving, and spiritual growth for Christians. He and his wife Shirley, along with their kids, served as missionaries in a remote village in Kenya, Africa for six years in the late 1960’s. Murphey also taught regular classes at Beula Heights Bible College for 18 years, and currently teaches a Bible Discovery class at his church in Atlanta, GA.
Murphey began publishing magazine articles in 1971 while still a full time pastor. Since 1975, he has published more than 700 articles and 116 books in categories such as Christian living, caregiving, spiritual growth, memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and inspiration. In 1984 he left the pastorate to become a full-time writer. He has ghostwritten books with such celebrities as Franklin Graham, Shaun Alexander, Dr. Ben Carson, B.J. Thomas, Bishop Eddie Long, and Don Piper. He has many best sellers in the past three decades, most notably “The Ben Carson Story” (with Dr. Ben Carson), and “A True Story of Death & Life” (with Don Piper).Murphey has more than 30 years experience teaching writing at hundreds of conferences, retreats, seminars, workshops and keynote addresses across the United States and overseas.
“A True Story of Death and Life” has sold more than 3 million copies, is in print in 25 languages, and has been listed on the NY Times bestseller list continuously since October 2006. it has also been optioned as a film production. Since the initial publication of 90 Minutes, Two follow-up books have been released: “Daily Devotions Inspired by 90 Minutes in Heaven” and “Heaven is Real.” A fourth book in the 90 Minutes series is also planned.
--2009 — Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story was made into a TV movie by USA Network. The movie was released on February 7, 2009, and has subsequently seen release on three other continents in several languages.
--2006 - Murphey received an honorary D.Litt from Richmond Virginia Seminary for his "distinguished service in the field of literature."
--Georgia Authors of the Year Award, 2004: Murphey, Cecil - The Relentless God