Shellie Arnold is an author, speaker, and teacher. She tells others she’s living proof God can redeem, heal, and restore anything. More than once, she’s experienced exactly that it in her life and in her marriage. Consequently, Shellie truly believes if both parties listen to God, any marriage can be healed and thrive. She loves to share truth she’s learned the hard way, and see that truth bless others.
A multi-published author, she has written articles, Bible study/devotional curriculum, and contributed to several non-fiction works. She has keynoted at women’s retreats and taught in the workshop, Sunday school class, and small group settings. Shellie is a gifted speaker whose transparent communication style has been described as “…a velvet-covered brick. She slides in the truth, then hits you over the head with it.”
A home school mom of over twenty years, Shellie knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even if one is a believer. She longs to encourage those with deep hurts that God is near and offers all they need to completely heal.
Shellie is available to speak at church events, women’s event, retreats, writers groups, and home school groups. She teaches at writers conferences and home school events. She is comfortable with both inspirational and instructional formats.
Shellie has three published novels and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube agency.
After watching my parents’ marriage disintegrate and living with the never-ending effects of divorce, I decided I never wanted to marry. God had a different plan for me. He brought Stephen into my life, and together they spent three and a half years convincing me to marry—while I begged and dared God to show me how a marriage could actually work, without the two parties involved killing, or otherwise, maiming each other.
And, boy, did I bring baggage to my marriage! (My husband and I both did) Everything from wounds from childhood trauma, to bad habits, to stupid ideas, to blatant ignorance. You name it, we’ve probably faced it.
If God has ever taken valium, needed a coffee break, or even briefly considered retirement, I am probably the reason. I am relentless. I will not leave Him alone about growing me spiritually, changing the way I think, behave, and handle my portion of my marriage. I’m worse than the kid who asks Why? I must also know How?, When?, and What exactly does that look like?
My favorite verse is Isaiah 1:18-19. Whoops, that’s two. Shellie’s paraphrase is ‘God will talk to me about anything—my sin, my confusion, my ignorance—when I approach Him with a willingness to change and be obedient in the future.’ I love knowing God isn’t offended by my questions, that He’s ready and willing to answer them.
Anyway, I love having the opportunity to share with you. And if something here blesses you, pass it along to your friends and please let me know! I’m living proof that with God’s help, anyone can Live Happily Even After.