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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Interview with author Shirley Kufeldt
After growing up with four sisters in Illinois, then raising
two daughters, Shirley Kufeldt and her husband left Illinois and 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
Bible Bites are small pocket-sized journals.Each journal focuses scripture on a
particular 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, send 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.My talent is as an admin who is 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 the 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 and needed 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 some very
important details 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.I 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
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 the
audience, with a beginning that leads to a topical conclusion.
What is the most
difficult part of writing?
I don’t do the writing.
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
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.I
should take action at God’s prompting.Once I’ve taken action as a result of God’s 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
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 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
The World of Ink Network will be
touring author Shirley Kufeldt’s personal devotions book series, Bible Bites published by Halo Publishing
International throughout November 2012.
About the Books:
Albert Einstein stated:God always takes the simplest way.
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
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.
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