About Shirley

Shirley Corder is an author who writes to inspire and encourage. She has a passion for helping other writers and cancer survivors.

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Miriam Part I ~ Devoted sister

Miriam Part I ~ The devoted sister

Meet Miriam, the devoted sister!

Most of us know about Miriam, the little girl who watched over her three-month-old brother as he sails in a basket boat on the crocodile-infested River Nile.

We've probably also heard the story of the Hebrew boy who grew up in an Egyptian palace. But during that time, what was happening to his sister, Miriam?

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Eve ~ Mother of All

eve_rgb_smallWho was Eve?

We have all heard of Eve, the very first woman who was created in God’s own image. She lived in a beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden, and she was married to the first man, Adam.

Remember her?

Of course you do.

But have you thought of the challenges she faced?

√ as a woman without friends

√ a mother who was never a child

√ a wife to the only man alive

√ a parent who had never seen a baby?

You will read about all these challenges and a whole lot more in

Eve – Mother of All.

Why read this book?

She lived a perfect life in an idyllic setting. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.

Join Shirley Corder as she draws Eve out of the shadow of the garden and shows her as a real flesh-and-blood woman.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your situation, or faced seemingly impossible challenges, you will identify with this woman who had no mother, sister or female friend.

What format is it written in?

Written in creative non-fiction, the story stays close to the biblical narrative, but Shirley brings it alive in a way that will encourage you and give you some chuckles.

Reflections after each short chapter will enable you to walk in Eve’s bare feet as you apply the words you have just read to your own life.

How to read this book

There are two ways you can use this book. You can read it through as a story, pausing at the reflections as you go. Or you may choose to use it with friends or an established Bible Study group. You could assign several chapters to be read over the following week, possibly as daily readings. You could then get together once a week to share your own reflections and compare notes.

The Scripture readings are very short, sometimes only a section of a verse. There is often so much information packed into one verse of Scripture. On a few occasions, you may even have the same reading for consecutive chapters.

Feel free to read the passage surrounding the quoted verse, although these may not be relevant to the chapter you are reading. The reflections often offer further passages in order to give you background to the passage. I pray you will enjoy getting to know Eve as she steps out of the shadow of The Garden of Eden as a real flesh-and-blood woman.

Excerpt from Chapter 2:

God’s latest creation stretched, blinked her eyes and squinted at the sheet of blue hovering overhead. “That’s so beautiful!”

“What?” came a voice much deeper than hers. “You mean the sky? It’s always that color.”

The woman’s eyes focused on the face that now appeared above her. “Oh. What…? Who…?”

The figure rose to his feet and stretched out his hand. “Let me help you up. I’m Adam, the first man, created in God’s image.”

“Am I also Adam?”

“No. I’m going to call you Woman, because you were taken out of me. You are bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

The woman examined the man closely then looked down at her own body. There were similarities, but there were also differences. “Are we both made in God’s image? Or only you?”

“We both are,” Adam assured her. “God said it wasn’t good for me to be alone, and then He made you. He took you out of my side.”

“Whose side did you come from?”

To see how Adam answers, read the book. Available only as an ebook at this stage.

Click on the link to own your own copy, and if you enjoy it, I’d love you to post a review.

 

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Anthologies

At time of writing, I have had one or more stories or devotional messages published in 12 anthologies. In addition, I am the author of Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, and three Kindle Books: Naomi ~ Devoted Mother-in-Law; Eve ~ Mother of All; and Miriam Part I ~ Devoted Sister

 

(page 72) tells the story of the day an angel, unseen by my son but causing great terror to three thugs on a racing train, rescued him from certain death. Available from Amazon.com

Angels on Duty (page 72) tells the story of the day an angel, unseen by my son caused great terror to three thugs on a racing train and rescued him from certain death. Available from Amazon.com

Over 50 messages included in this Daily Devotional for Men and Women in the Workplace. Published by Marion Hill Publishers, South Africa.

I have over 50 inspirational messages included in this Daily Devotional for Men and Women in the Workplace. Published by Marion Hill Publishers, South Africa.

What’s Your Poison? (page 63) tells of the night our Alsatian pup made a meal of Fly Bait, and learned a tough lesson. Available from Amazon.com

What’s Your Poison? (page 63) tells of the night our Alsatian pup made a meal of Fly Bait, and we all learned a tough lesson. Available from Amazon.com

Over 50 messages contained in Your Friendly Daily Guide to a Meaningful Life, published in English and Afrikaans, in South Africa.

Over 50 messages contained in Your Friendly Daily Guide to a Meaningful Life, published in English and Afrikaans, in South Africa.

A Little Boy’s Prayer (page 7) tells of an amazing answer to the prayer of faith uttered by a little boy of 7. Praying from the Hear, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, is published by Guideposts, New York.

A Little Boy’s Prayer (page 7) tells of an amazing answer to the prayer of faith uttered by a little boy of 7. Praying from the Heart, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, is published by Guideposts, New York  and is available on Amazon.com.

Just One More (page 34) of this From Tragedy to Triumph, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, tells of an amazing miracle in a desperate situation. This book was published by Guideposts, New York.

Just One More (page 34) of this From Tragedy to Triumph, True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, tells of an amazing miracle in a desperate situation. This book was published by Guideposts, New York and is available from Amazon.com.

An Unseen Protector (page 89) tells of an angel who rescued a young student on his way to write an examination. Expecting Miracles, another of the True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, was published by Guideposts, New York.

An Unseen Protector (page 89) tells of an angel who rescued a young student on his way to write an examination. Expecting Miracles, another of the True Stories of Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, was published by Guideposts, New York and is available from Amazon.com

Prayer Warriors (page 1) is the first story, and A Feast of Miracles (page 214) is the final story in the last book of this series, True Stories of Extraordinary Answer to Prayer, published by Guideposts, New York.

Prayer Warriors (page 1) is the first story, and A Feast of Miracles (page 214) is the final story in the last book of this series, True Stories of Extraordinary Answer to Prayer, published by Guideposts, New York and available from Amazon.com.

One of the Family tells how our cat with an attitude joined us on a 3-day road trip across South Africa. This Chicken Soup book is available on Amazon.com.

One of the Family tells how our cat with an attitude joined us on a 3-day road trip across South Africa. This Chicken Soup book is available on Amazon.com.

War in Heaven, Out of Sight, and An Unexpected Answer are three humorous true stories in this book of 365 Inspirational Meditations to Brighten Your Day. Available from Amazon.com.

War in Heaven, Out of Sight, and An Unexpected Answer are three humorous true stories in this book of 365 Inspirational Meditations to Brighten Your Day. Available from Amazon.com.

Traveling Laptop (page 189) tells how God used many prayers and three hands-on people to send this machine halfway across the world. This book of over 50 real life stories is available from Amazon.com.

Traveling Laptop (page 189) tells how God used many prayers and three hands-on people to send this machine halfway across the world. This book of over 50 real life stories is available from Amazon.com.

Light for the Writer's Soul

When God Makes the Impossible, Possible (page 202) reminds us that God is not bound by man-made limitations. From an ocean-going craft in the desert to the publication of a specific book, He will make a plan. Published by Media Associates International and available on Amazon.com.

Writing to Publication

Writing – a Hobby

Writing was a hobby until the beginning of 2001. Then the Lord spoke to me through Scripture and the words of a meditation.

“Pick up your pen and write . . . Share the wondrous things I have done.” (Habakkuk 2:2; Psalm 118:17)

It wasn’t the first time He had brought these verses to my attention.

In 1997-1998, I went through radical treatment for aggressive cancer. While lying on my bed recovering from the latest chemotherapy treatment, I read both these verses. I believed at the time that God was saying I was not to keep my cancer diagnosis and the lessons I was learning a secret. That I was to speak openly. I also thought He wanted me to journal so that I wouldn’t forget.

Then a Calling

I believe both of these were true. But there was more, and in 2001 I understood. He wanted me to write for publication and to share all He had done with any who would read.

I have had hundreds, probably thousands, of articles published online and in print. Not all of them are devotional in nature, but they all speak from experience. The more I had published, the more I felt like a writer.

Then in 2012, Revell Publishers in America brought out my book of meditations for those on the cancer journey, Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer. At last I felt like an author.

Since then I have had a number of books published which you can see under the heading Published Work on the menu.

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South Africa – The Country

Africa real sizeSouth Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, twice the size of Texas or equal to France and Spain combined. And that is only South Africa, the country where I live!

The southern coast of the continent boasts the picturesque beauty of the Garden Route, and the fascination of the small Western Cape towns. The eastern subtropical coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal is like a different country. The vast Karoo semi-desert bears a vast contrasts with the lush magnificence of the Drakensberg mountains. Perhaps the biggest drawcard of all of course is the world renowned Kruger National Park. read more