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Interview with author Shirley Kufeldt — 11/20/2012
Albert Einstein: God always takes the simplest way.
After growing up with four sisters in Illinois, then raising two daughters, Shirley Kufeldt and her husband left Illinoisa nd her daughters to retire to Northern Wisconsin in 2007. Having participated in Bible studies for over 30 years and hearing of the efforts of so many others over the years to document their personal walk of faith, she developed the Bible Bites series. Mrs. Kufeldt participates in Tea Party activities as time allows and cares for her one grandchild (when asked) with joy.
Tell us about your current books.
Bible Bites are small pocket-sized topical journals which include scripture directed to a specific topic. There are two pages for your current prayer requests.
The remainder of each book includes a different scripture for each day for journaling to develop the habit of journaling regularly with direction and purpose. This is an easy format to spend time with God and to learn, memorize and meditate on Scripture. With reflection on Scripture, you can respond to God with rejoicing, repentance, renewal and reconciliation.
There are four journals to start:
MEET GOD AND HIS SON
THE WOW FACTOR
GOALS THAT LEAD TO SUCCESS
AMERICA, LAND THAT I LOVE
Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?
I really began the process at the end of 2008, slowly moving toward my goal. It was always “out there” but I never solidified the process because I could not find a printer that met my specifications for size and cost. I searched numerous websites for self publishing, made numerous phone calls, sent various e-mails and finally came across Halo Publishing. More phone calls and e-mails. In summer 2012 I mentioned to Lisa Umina that Eagle River has their Cranberry Fest in October which is attended by 40,000 people. Lisa grabbed on that and found a printer that would deliver just prior to October Fest, which features many crafts and baked goods using cranberries. My booth was not a success at a craft event but I have great faith in my four titles because I’ve been journaling for three years and have enjoyed answered prayers many times.
How did you get the idea for this book?
My retirement income dwindled and the prospects for economic prosperity are slim in northern Wisconsin. Asking God what to do is always a good starting place and the idea for Bible Bites is the result of prayer.
Over the years we all discover something that we’re good at. I worked on my administrative talent and am good at organizing. “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” This just came naturally to me.
Writing books was never a life-time goal, but over the years I’ve learned that I have certain talents and have been developing them over the past few years in some of my personal interests. My Mother brought all five of her daughters to church all the time as we grew up. I knew John 3:16, but somehow I missed something very important. I assumed that heaven is a free gift for everyone. I believed in God, but I never knew that I had to BELIEVE God, take Him at His Word, confess that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. This is all very important to me now because I missed it and I’m quite certain that a lot of other people missed this very important detail as well.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
My favorite part is finding the verses. The first year I had no idea how to accomplish this task. I asked God where to look to find verses for my Bible Bites series and spent a year in two books: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers; and Search for Significance by Robert McGee. Because of the need for a wide variety of verses for so many different topics, I’ve also purchased a number of books with selected verses by topics.
I finally got the “brilliant” idea to just read my own Bible and developed the skill of reading scripture and selecting those verses that can easily apply to journaling that I will be able to categorize by topic.
Once verses are categorized, they must be arranged for a specific audience, with a beginning that leads to a topical conclusion.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
I don’t do the writing.
I compile verses.
Sort by topic.
Arrange the verses to reach a conclusion: God is in control and sinners need a Savior.
How has publishing a book changed your life?
Not too much change at this point.
What are your plans now?
Blog on a regular basis. Write on a regular basis so that others can learn to incorporate God’s Word into specific prayers.
What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
I’ve learned that when God continually puts the same idea into my mind, it’s for a reason. Once I take action because of God’s prompting or encouragement, either anxiety melts away, or the prompting totally ends. That tells me that I obeyed God and He is in charge of the results at some point in the future. Learn to pay attention to those prompting – take action – pray – do something. The results are up to God. I’m good with that.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership?
Most of my life I’ve always been a shy person but current events have brought me out of my shell in the past four years. First, my financial conditions and the need for retirement income brought me closer to God as the One who can meet my needs. Second, I have participated in a tea party group here in WI for over three years now. We begin our meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. These are the two main ingredients that brought me out of my shell and propel my life to a purpose that will glorify God.
Where can we go to buy your book?
WHY BIBLE BITES?
For too many people, reading the Bible, God’s Word, is too much of a challenge so they neglect picking up a Bible and do not learn what God has to say about any number of topics. Too many people only know God as judge who only punishes sinners, but have a misguided conception of His love, grace and compassion. They blame God for the sins others commit against them. They live their lives based on misconceptions about God, and a secular lifestyle is the result.
We each look differently at Scripture, and respond to and reflect on God’s Word based on “where we are today.” In a non-threatening manner, Seekers are introduced to God as the One who loves them unconditionally and pursues them by answering prayer His Way:
Definitely, Denied, Delayed, Differently, Distributed a bit at a time.
Posted by Virginia S Grenier