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Shelly Beach is an engaging speaker for Christian, secular, and school groups. Her humor, candor, transparency, and heart for encouragement inspire audiences and bring hope to her listeners.

Shelly customizes her programs for churches, women’s groups, conferences, schools, conventions, writers’ conferences and workshops, family caregiver groups, and professional health care providers.

Shelly is the author of three books: Ambushed By Grace, Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Discovery House Publishers, April 2007), a collection of meditations for caregivers, and Hallie’s Heart, (Kregel Publishers, April 2007), a contemporary novel. Her writing has appeared in God Allows U-Turns for Women, The Presbyterian Journal, Focus on the Family, and many other national publications.

Shelly is a co-founder of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers' Workshop at Riverview Conference Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa and is a member of the Christian Authors’ Network. Join her June 10-13, 2009, when the Workshop’s featured presenters will be nationally recognized authors and speakers Dennis Hensley and Tracy Groot.


Below you will find a listing of selected topics. Please contact me to discuss your specific needs, as additional topics are available, and I am able to tailor my speaking to your audience and purposes.

Leaning into the Curves: Embracing God in Life’s Mind-Boggling Moments
Have you ever looked at your life and wondered how God could really be in control? Shelly uses humor and experiences as a motorcycle biker to show listeners the meaning of abandonment to God.

Get Into the Basket: Caregiving and a View from Above
As caregivers, we’re often so bogged down in the day-to-day routine of our tasks that we miss the big picture. Shelly’s hilarious experience as a passenger in a hot air balloon gives listeners a new perspective on the eternal destination of the road they walk.

Lessons from a Dead Man on a Pole: The Transforming Power of Praise
Using a powerful personal story of despair transformed by truth, Shelly shares principles of praise that impact our relationships with God and those around us. Be refreshed in spirit as you learn life-changing principles of praise.

Building Bylines: Various sessions
Learn the secrets of the professionals and move toward your writing goals, whether it’s your first byline or your first novel. Sessions include:

  • Getting Started: What You Need in Your Hand and What You Need in Your Heart
  • Building Bylines: 101 Article Ideas at Your Fingertips
  • Writing Queries
  • Writing Proposals
  • What Every Editor Wish You Knew
  • Secrets to Pressing On When You’d Rather Cave In

So You Want to Be a Writer?
Geared toward middle school and high school audiences, this presentation gives students a sense of what the “writing life” is like and how to get there. Shelly speaks about the importance of passion, purpose, craft, and truth as she relates her own writing journey.

The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk: Turning Up the Volume on Our Inner Blabbermouth
We talk to ourselves at more than 1,300 words per minute, often carrying on conversations that are so deceptive, we fool even ourselves. Learn how the P's planted in Eve's self-talk impact our thinking today. One-day sessions to three-day seminars.

2010 Schedule

April 17
Algoma Christian School Fashion Show
Sparta, MI

April 20
Blogtalk Radio, A Word of Hope with Lucy Ann Moll
2:00 ET and archived

April 23-25
Warm Beach Christian Camp and Conference Center Women’s
Retreat with Babbie Mason

April 30-May 2
Warm Beach Christian Camp and Conference Center Women’s
Retreat with Babbie Mason

May 4-6
Indiana speaking tour: Get into the Basket: A Caregiving View from Above

May 7-9
Daughters of Destiny Ohio Women’s Prisons Tour
The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk
Ohio Reformatory for Women, Marysville, OH
Trumbull Correctional Institute
Franklin Pre-release Center, Columbus, OH

May 15
Rockford Springs Community Church
Rockford, MI

May 22
Howard City Baptist Church
Howard City, MI

June 9-12
Cedar Falls Christian Writers’ Workshop
2010 with guest presenters Mark and Jeanette Littleton

July 12-14
Canada speaking tour: Get into the Basket: A Caregiving View from Above
Farmington, Chatham, Windsor Ontario

June 27
Dignity caregiving project Fundraising event with Dove Award winner Steve Siler of Music for the Soul
Muskegon, MI

July 12-14
Canada speaking tour
Leamington, Windsor, and Chatham, ONT
Caregiving: A View from Above

August 9
Women’s Connection
Jackson, MI
God’s Broken Gifts

Sept 10-22
North County Christ the King Church Women’s Retreat
Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center, Sumas, WA
The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk

October 1-3
Camp Michawana
Hastings, MI

October 15-16
Breathe Christian Writer’s Workshop
Grand Haven, MI

November 4
Writer’s support group, Schuler’s
Grand Rapids, MI


Margo Chalk:
“I am very pleased to recommend Shelly Beach as a speaker. Based on her personal years of caring for aging parents in her home, Shelly’s presentation is timely for all ages in light of today’s issues on health and family. She easily connects with women through her storytelling, while sharing applicable biblical references. Shelly is friendly and warm and engages with all women of all ages. As both a great fiction and nonfiction author, her gifts provide a great blending for any event.”
Margot Chalk
Stonecroft Ministries Regional Administrator for Michigan

Louie Konopka:
“During my years of knowing Shelly, I have found her to be an honest, authentic follower of Jesus Christ. She is an excellent example of someone who struggles well by keeping God first in her life. Shelly is an accomplished author and teacher who is actively engaged with our community of faith. I have no hesitancy is recommending Shelly as someone who will bring wisdom, grace, and truth to her presentations.”
Louie Konopka
Senior Pastor, Blythefield Hills Baptist Church

Denise George:
“Shelly speaks effectively to caregivers because she listens intently and reminds caregivers they are not alone. She provides encouragement, comfort, answers, and hope. She is blessed with wisdom and shares her knowledge of caregiving unselfishly.”
Denise George, RN
Patient Services Coordinator
The ALS Association-Michigan Chapter

Anne Ellermets:
“Shelly Beach offers a unique perspective with experience as both a caregiver and a care recipient. Her presentations provide encouragement, empathy, and hope to caregivers.

“The Caregiver Resource Network seeks to let caregivers know they are not alone. Through Shelly’s speaking engagements and caregiver devotionals she seeks the same purpose by letting caregivers know that people do care and that resources are available to help them.

“Caregivers come away feeling refreshed after spending time with Shelly Beach.”
Anne Ellermets
Caregiver Resource Network, Grand Rapids, MI

Cec Murphey:
“I'm a professional speaker, which probably makes me a little more critical than most people in the audience. I like to listen to Shelly Beach because she knows what she's talking about and she says it well.”
Cec Murphey, International speaker and New York Times best-selling co-author of
90 Minutes in Heaven, Gifted Hands, and more than 100 additional titles

Scott Eikenberry:
“Shelly has a unique way of reaching out to the audience and capturing their hearts from the moment she starts speaking. It is very evident that God has given her a gift for helping others. Her personality, concern for others, and passion for the Lord make you wish she was family. I couldn’t speak more highly of Shelly.”
Scott Eikenberry
Coordinator, Xchange Seminar Tent
Unity Christian Music Festival
Muskegon, Michigan

Sandra Aldrich:
"Shelly combines life experience with humor and a deep understanding of God's reality as she offers encouragement and hope to audiences."
Sandra P. Aldrich, BoldWords, International Speaker and Author

Gary Herne
"Shelly communicates biblical truth with creativity, knowledge ,and insight."
Gary Herne, Founder and Senior Editor of Personal Testimony Resources

Comments from Stonecroft Ministries:
• “. . . the most dynamic speaker ever to minister to our group.”
• “. . . you made me laugh, you made me cry, and I could feel the Spirit of God drawing me through the power of the stories and Scripture . . .”
• “. . . powerful and heart-moving. God used your stories to speak to issues and problems I’d been pushing away for years.”



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