About Shirley

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

Strength Renewed – the Book

Nothing can sap a person’s strength and hope quite like a cancer diagnosis – unless it is the energy-stealing radiation, chemotherapy and surgeries faced in the fight to survive. But one can find hope and strength in the pages of Scripture and in the experience of someone who has been there. read more

South Africa – About the Country

South Africa is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country, twice the size of Texas or equal to France and Spain combined.


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.

Visitors are often surprised by South Africa’s excellent infrastructure, which draws favourable comparison with countries across the world. Yet South Africa is an enigma. Years after the birth of The New South Africa, the people of the so-called “rainbow nation” still struggle to find their identity.

Strength Renewed


Strength Renewed, Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer

“Nothing can sap a person’s strength and hope quite like a cancer diagnosis – unless it is the energy-stealing radiation, chemotherapy and surgeries faced in the fight to survive. But one can find hope and strength in the pages of Scripture and in the experience of someone who has been there.”

So says the editorial blurb for Strength Renewed.

Strength Renewed is an encouraging devotional by Shirley Corder for those living in the valley of cancer, whether as a patient or a carer.

Scripture and Life Experience

Meditations combine Scripture and stories from the author’s own experience. Reader may choose to read the short chapters in sequential order, moving through a typical cancer journey from diagnosis through treatment. However, each devotion stands on its own, so readers can go directly to the entry that speaks to their need.
In addition to offering help to those traversing the traumatic valley of cancer, many have written to claim how this book has helped them face other types of crises.

Updated Information re Strength Renewed

You can preview the first chapters of this book, or purchase it direct from this page. Click on the relevant tabs below the image.

If you live in South Africa, it will be cheaper to purchase the paperback from Takealot.  Send me an email if you have a problem. The Kindle version is available on Amazon.

Where else to purchase the book:

Get it now at Amazon.com, print or ebook.

Also available at ChristianBook.comTakealot.comKoboBooksKoorong and the Apple Bookstore  (ebook version).

Christian Writers of Southern Africa

On 10th. March 2004, a new cyber baby was born: CWG S.Africa. On 15th May 2011, the name was changed to Christian Writers of South Africa (CWOSA for short – pronounced QUO, as in quota, – zuh).

Click to join CWOSA As South African writers we have many problems and challenges unique to us, hence the need for a group such as this. For more information, email Shirley.

CWOSA’s goal

To be a source of support, information, online fellowship, encouragement, and learning. We started with four writers but soon started to grow. We were over 80 members when we decided to stop using emails and get our own Facebook page.  This is a private group and can only be read by members.

CWOSA foundation members

Some of CWOSA’s first members:

many of whom are still with us today.

Val (top left) and Sean (2nd from the right at the top) both now live in England.

Linda (1st left, 2nd row) is now in New Zealand.

Lisa (in the red top next to the logo) is my co-moderator and now lives in Mozambique.

Ruth (black top, 4th row down) now lives in Ireland.

Gerald (centre top row) and Micky (a.k.a. Father Christmas – centre 2nd row) are sadly no longer with us, but are rejoicing in the Lord’s presence. (I wonder if they’ve got a writers’ group going in Heaven?)

As an online group we

* share our writing joys and frustrations
* tell one another about our successes and rejections
* ask questions and share opinions
* set goals and report back how we’ve done
* sometimes discuss TOTWs (Topics of the Week)
* once wrote a hilarious novel by tossing the writing ball back and forward. No self-respecting editor would ever look at it, but it was fun!
* contributed devotions to the Winners at Work devotional book in 2008/2009 and again in 2012.


As a group, we have some good times of learning and sharing. Best of all is the encouragement we receive from one another.

We have shared in the excitement as people have grown in their writing. Members have submitted where they haven’t before. Some new writers have had articles accepted for publication, and many books have been published. A new opportunity has arisen since the start of the group and a number of e-Books have been published. One of our members, Lisa Harris (co-moderator) won the coveted Christy Award in 2014 and has been runner-up a few times.

If you are a Christian writer, or even a “wannabe” writer, and live in Southern Africa, we’d love you to join us. Perhaps you are from overseas, and you want to publish in South Africa. You’ll find there are many differences. In fact, do you know how to spell and punctuate the South African way? Come and join us and we’ll put you in touch with the right people. This group is also open to South Africans living abroad, and oh yes! Most important. There’s no charge for membership.

Click to join CWOSA