Born in Scotland, Shirley grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and has spent most of her life in South Africa. There she married the guy with gorgeous dark brown eyes who handed round the chocolate biscuits at youth group. They produced a daughter and two sons, all now married and serving the Lord, and Rob and Shirley have graduated to the roll of grandparents, six times over.
In 1997 she underwent a life-changing event when she was diagnosed with breast cancer which had already spread to the glands. Her surgeon didn't expect her to live a year. (Surprise!)
As a result of her experiences in the cancer valley, she experienced a U-turn, changing her life's direction from that of registered nurse (RN) to published author.
In 2012, Revell/Baker in the States published Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer . She is also contributing author to a number of other books. Hundreds of her articles and devotionals have been published internationally, both in print and on the Web. For information about her other books, look under Published Work on the menu.
Her mission is to write to inspire and encourage. This site is dedicated to all those in need of inspiration or encouragement. Rise and Soar, another website owned and run by Shirley specifically to inspire and encourage those in the cancer valley, will be closing shortly, and the relevant material incorporated into this site. (A Cancer link will appear in the menu bar when this happens.)
Shirley currently lives in S.Africa's "Windy City", Port Elizabeth, in the beautiful Eastern Cape with Rob, her best friend and husband since 1967.
Her home is only six-and-a-half minutes to the beach, door to sand. When the wind blows up from the sea, which it often does, it sounds as if the waves are outside the front door.
One of Shirley's favourite verses of Scripture is the one that saw her through her cancer treatment, and the key verse behind her book, Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
Isaiah 40:31: those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.