Spotlight Interview with Debut Author Shirley Kufeldt

American Chronicle – VS Grenier – 11/24/2012

Shirley Kufeldt grew up with three older sisters and an identical twin sister in the Chicago area in the 1950´s. Her father died when she was 12-years-old and her oldest sister was a senior in high school. Her mother was left to handle their father´s business and some real estate property in Chicago.

After her first daughter was a year old she began attending Bible studies at a local church, learning on 1 John and Romans, then a Discovery Class which ultimately led to accepting Christ.

In the Fall of 1997 she participated in a Christian support group –Making Peace with Your Past. “We had a licensed therapist lead our group and this study really opened up my eyes to my childhood and in 1999, I began attending Celebrate Recovery. Learning a lot about codependency and boundaries was a big benefit,” said Kufeldt.

This is what lead her into journaling and later putting together her book series, Bible Bites: Personal Devotions. “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,” shared Kufeldt.

“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.”

Becoming an author was never a lifetime goal, but over the years, Shirley learned she had certain talents and has been developing them over the past few years in some of her personal interests. “I´ve been attending Bible studies since 1980 and over the years have been encouraged to journal my walk with Christ. I had tried a number of formats but no format ever lasted very long until the economic problems that millions of Americans experienced in the past four years. About ten years ago, I had purchased a journal from a friend and finally pulled it out to journal at the end of 2008. I completed the journal in a month and I wanted more. I had finally found something that worked for me, but it was over. So I asked God what He wanted me to do, first because of finances and, second because I finally enjoyed journaling,” said Kufeldt.

Each paperback journal is small enough to fit in a purse, backpack, pocket or briefcase. There are two pages for prayer requests and each journal is a specific theme with over 50 scriptures, one or two for each day for journaling. “I´ve been journaling in this format for three years and have developed the habit of combining scripture and my prayer requests,” said Kufeldt.


The World of Ink Network will be touring author Shirley Kufeldt´s personal devotions book series, Bible Bites published by Halo Publishing International. You can find out more about Shirley Kufeldt´s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

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