Shirley is a writer and shares in a speaking ministry called "Friends of the Heart" with Janine Boyer and Kim Messinger. The three of them wrote "Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides" because they found that women are busy, stressed and guilt-ridden, and wanted to help women respond to their feelings in a godly manner. Shirley also wrote "Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference". She is married to Bill, a retired math teacher, and have two married sons, a daughter waiting in heaven, and five grandchildren. When she's not writing, she reads and posts book reviews on her website. She also loves presenting lengthy portions of scripture from memory, and watching "Jeopardy" and "American Idol".
Women today are busy, stressed, and guilt-ridden, yet they long to develop their spiritual sides. Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides offers inspirational thoughts based on scripture–brief enough to be read during a television commercial, yet insightful enough to open your eyes to the grace of God on days you change diapers and/or lead corporate meetings. Each reading suggests a “Guilt Trip to Avoid” and ends with a way to “Take the Joy Ride.” The book includes six months of daily readings so that you may establish a habit of connecting with God. Readings are listed under the letters G-R-A-C-E, representing God, Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges and Emotions.
The coauthors hope these meaningful readings will help you deal with guilt–both real and imagined. By applying the insights shared in Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, you may develop a calmer, less guilt-ridden life-style and become better equipped to function as wives, mothers and friends. Younger women often develop patterns of thinking and experience feelings of guilt that carry over into their mature years, so women of all ages will find this book helpful.