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Shelley Wilburn

It is my pleasure to write for you.

Finding healing and purpose
                                                through forgiveness, grace, and hope.

I was born, raised, live and write in Southern Illinois.  I began writing in grade school. My mother was told by my sixth grade teacher that I was a story teller. My unprofessional writing career began in Junior High School writing on the school newspaper.  Writing has always been a passion and hobby for me but I wasn’t sure it was what I was called to do so I kept it on the back burner for years.  Poetry was my go-to for the years I suffered severe depression but I always kept those hidden. I was a closet writer, didn’t want anyone to know I could. I have been featured in different newspapers, women’s magazines, and newsletters. I’ve also been co-author in a few devotionals.  I didn’t start writing professionally until I was healed in 2012. 

I truly believe my training has been through the experiences I’ve encountered throughout my life.  My writing is a direct result of many things I’ve been through and I try to use what God has taught me to bring encouragement and hope to those who need to hear something positive.

I’m very thankful for my family, my husband especially, and my readers who encourage me as much as they say I encourage them. I love reading, writing, motorcycle riding (especially in the mountains), spending time with family, crocheting, and sitting on my front porch watching the chickens in the yard.  I’m married to my high-school sweetheart and we have three grown, married children, three grandchildren, and a moody little dog. We live on five-and-a-half acres in the country and love raising chickens.

Official Bio:

Shelley Wilburn was born and raised in West Frankfort, Illinois where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Together they have celebrated over thirty years of marriage and have three grown, married children, three grandsons, and one moody little dog. Shelley began writing when she was twelve years old. She has written several articles for various newspapers, women's magazines, and newsletters. In addition to writing, Shelley is also an avid reader, book reviewer, blogger, and minister. Using her love of writing, motorcycle riding, and wearing mismatched socks, Shelley has developed a unique ministry of encouraging others using biblical truths and stories from her own personal life. Her first book, Walking Healed hit the Amazon top fifty in its first day of publication. Find her at

50-Word Bio:

Shelley Wilburn is a Southern Illinois writer who still lives in her native hometown with her high school sweetheart whom she married over thirty years ago. She has written for women’s magazines, newspapers, and co-authored devotionals.  An avid reader, book reviewer, and blogger, she also has a very unique ministry. Visit

Tweety Bio:

@Shelley_Wilburn lives in Southern Illinois where she writes, blogs, and encourages others.

Random Fun Facts
When I say I’d love to live in the mountains, what I mean is in the valley looking up at them.
I love the color purple.
Wearing mismatched socks is a lifestyle.
I am the original cookie monster.


My Books
Walking Healed

Website and Blog Links:

Amazon Review Links
Lisa J. Lickel, on Walking Healed

Jeff Smith, on Walking Healed

Karla Akins, on Walking Healed

 In Person
April 11, 2015 - Handfuls on Purpose Christian Bookstore, Marion, IL; Book launch and signing
June 20, 2015 - THIRSTY Ladies meeting and dinner, The Oasis, Rt 149 W., West Frankfort, IL; speaking about Walking Healed

April 1 – With Dora Hiers, guest blogging about Walking Healed debut
April 6 - Phone interview on New Country Z100 radio station

My Mission
It’s my goal and my mission to write inspiring nonfiction and (someday) fiction and to do so in such a way that readers are encouraged, ultimately finding healing and purpose in their lives while also finding forgiveness, grace, and hope.

My Testimony
I hope that what I write helps others to find healing and purpose through forgiveness, grace, and hope.

While I didn’t grow up in a Christian environment, it was when I started dating my high school sweetheart that I became aware that God was very interested in me. I accepted Him into my heart a year before I got married, but didn’t serve Him until years later. Having suffered through severe depression and intimidation with panic and anxiety attacks, it was very difficult to raise three children in this state of mind while also keeping house, being a cop’s wife for eleven years and then switching to being a pastor’s wife when my husband felt the call into ministry. I was spiritually bi-polar and didn’t know it. But all the while, God was teaching me, molding me, and leading me to the place where He could heal me. It was after nearly thirty years of marriage and forty-seven years of life, with three grown children and now a "Nonney,” that it was time to take the step of faith into healing. That happened in May of 2012. God healed me and I stopped being afraid of Him and became humbled, awed, and in love with Him. While I have loved writing since I was a little girl, I could never figure out what to do with it. So, I tried many different jobs which never worked out. College never worked out. Little did I know that I had been in training the whole of my life and was now ready to step out into the world of writers, which I did the night I was healed. I haven’t looked back. My writing has been to bring attention to the healing grace of God in order to help others find their healing and purpose.

My husband never gave up on me, always supporting me. He has been my spiritual advisor, mentor, counselor, and prayer warrior. He has helped me learn to serve God not only in our home, but our finances, and our ministries. He remains my biggest fan (next to God). Our kids have grown into wonderful Christian adults who are raising their kids to know and love the Lord, too. I couldn’t be a more proud mom, mother-in-law, and Nonney.

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