Debut author Shirley Kufeldt grew up with three older sisters and an identical twin sister. She grew up in the Chicago area during the 1950s. Her father died when Shirley was 12 years old and her oldest sister was a senior in high school. Life in Shirley’s home changed as her mother had to handle the family business and some real estate property they had in Chicago.
Shirley grew up and set off to college instead of settling down to get married right away. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Elementary Education, but with no desire to teach. Soon she fell in love with her now husband Scott. Together they built their home and raised two daughters.
However, it wasn’t until 1980 that Shirley began attending First Baptist Church. “I attended Bible studies on 1 John and Romans,” said Kufeldt. “In 1983, John introduced an elderly man to the class who had just completed a Discovery Class. That intrigued me and I signed up for Discovery the following September. It took us from September to March to study five small chapters. In April 1984, a week after the Easter service, I accepted Christ.”
Shirley shared how accepting Christ into her life changed many things around her. “When my children were little, it was very easy to exhibit patience I had Christ to lean on. I quit my job and became a stay-at-home mom for two years. In those years, God doubled Scott’s income and we had no money problems.”
However, it wasn’t until the early 1990s that Shirley started attending Christ Community Church. Her path to become an author was still being laid out before her without her knowing it:
“In April 1995, I was terminated from my job after three years of working with a very difficult boss. I never cried about it. When I closed the car door for the last time in the parking lot I said, ‘God, you have other plans for me and they don’t include SK.’ Thirteen weeks later … my mother died. Losing my job was part of God’s plan. God allowed me to have some ordinary time with my mother before she died and then devote my whole time to her estate.”
A few years later, Shirley participated in a support group at CCC: Making Peace with your Past. “We had a licensed therapist lead our group and this study really opened up my eyes to my childhood,” shared Kufeldt. “I began attending Celebrate Recovery and continued on for nine years. Learning a lot about codependency and boundaries was a big benefit.”
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 my 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 10 years ago,” Shirley continued, “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.
This is when the idea of Bible Bites began for Shirley. “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. I spent a year in two books: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and Search for Significance by Robert McGee. I finally got the the idea,” the author added, “to just read my own bible and developed the skill of reading scripture and selecting those verses that can easily apply to journaling, and I will be able to categorize by topic.”
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.
There are four journals to start: Meet God and His Son, The Wow Factor, Goal that Lead to Success, and America, Land that I Love. 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, Shirley developed the Bible Bites series. The reason?
“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.”
The Bible Bits website states, “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.“
Through the Bible Bites people can easily learn, memorize or meditate on Scripture as they journal regularly with direction and purpose:
- Learn, memorize and meditate on Bible verses
- List current prayer requests
- Respond and react to God’s Word where you are each day
- Quickly Journal each day in a small topical booklet with a daily Scripture verse
- Introduce God as the One who you them unconditionally
- Use Bible Bites as an easy gift idea in place of a greeting card
- Carry Bible Bites in pocket, purse, briefcase, and backpack
Bible Bites is inexpensive, sold over the internet Because it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Bible Bites firmly establishes the habit of spending five minutes each day with God’s Word
Author Shirley Kufeldt uses verses from the New Living Translation of the Bible for all her Bible Bites books.
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 and her Bible Bites book series during her World of Ink Author/Book Tour.