Shelly Beach, Faith Expert, Author, Speaker


Shelly Beach, MRE, is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; a Christy Award-winning author of seven books; and national speaker on faith, writing, and caregiving issues. She is also a major contributor to the New International Version Stewardship Study Bible as well as The Holy Bible: Mosaic. Her caregiving releases, Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers and Ambushed by Grace: Help and Hope on the Caregiving Journey, are drawn from her eight years providing in-home care for her father-in-law with Parkinson's and mother with Alzheimer's.

Beach is a host for roundtable discussions that address caregiving questions on the website Help for My Life. She presents seminars and conferences in medical, educational, religious, and support settings such as Gilda's Clubs and the ALS Association. She appears regularly on radio and television across the nation. Beach is also cofounder of the Cedar Falls Christian Writer's Workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the Breathe Christian Writer's Workshop in Grand Haven, Michigan. Beach is a member of the Advanced Speakers and Writers Association, Christian Women Speakers, and the Christian Authors Network.

WHY I CARE

"I was inspired to care for aging loved ones by parents who cared for family members in our home, as well as friends in our community. My grandmother moved into our home when I was a teenager, and I often accompanied my mother on visits to help friends and loved ones who were home-bound.

My husband Dan and I became in-home caregivers when Dan's dad developed Parkinson's disease. Our choice was that he live with us as long as possible. Norman was with us for five years, until his needs were better served in a nearby veterans' facility. A week later, Dan and I moved my mother with Alzheimer's and my father into our home.

In 1999 I was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain lesion and wasn't expected to live. When my strength returned, I wanted to invest my life in caring for others out of gratitude to God. My writing and speaking are my way of passing along the blessings of caregiving I've received."

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Recently Published on Caring.com

What do I do when both my husband and parents need me? — Dec 26, 2012
Dear Sharon, You are in a challenging role and obviously care deeply for your mother and husband. Blessings on you for your loving commitment. First, be released of the g...
What to do while mom is out during Christmas break? — Dec 16, 2012
You've been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy holiday rest from caregiving. Consider the following areas as you plan for this special time. Invest in relationships. Spe...
Where Can I Find a Pastor to Come and Give my Father Communion in Hospice Care? — Jul 07, 2011
How wonderful that your father's been taken off of hospice care. It appears that you've invested in your dad's physical, emotional, and spiritual health over many years and...
My mother visits the cemetery everyday and talks to dad, when should I start to worry about her? — Apr 19, 2011
Your mother is expressing her grief in a way that gives many individuals comfort "“ visiting the graveside of a loved one she's lost. Talking to dead loved ones helps some ...
After my mother passed, I dreamed she visited me, and was becoming an angel. — Jan 19, 2011
Dreaming about passed loved ones visiting us is a fairly common experience, whether or not we may believe in an afterlife. No matter our theological view, we all long to kn...
Can stopping all medications be considered suicide? — Nov 29, 2010
Your circumstances must be extremely painful for you to have made the difficult decision to stop taking your medications while questioning whether or not your actions were ...
Are there any Christian resources to use for an Alzheimer's bible study group? — Oct 19, 2010
I'm unaware of Bible study materials specifically written for Christians diagnosed with Alzheimer's who are looking for a support group. But resources do exist that can be ...
Should I go to Dad's funeral even if my family say I'm not welcome? — Sep 20, 2010
I understand your frustration over the conflict with your family regarding attending your parent's funeral. Your circumstances are certainly complex. It's important to hon...
What can I do for my Dad now that he can't physically make it to church? — Aug 16, 2010
Church and worship are obviously important to your dad, and your sensitivity to his needs is reflected in your desire to honor him by continuing to provide for his spiritua...
What's a good prayer to say when you visit someone who is very ill? — Jun 17, 2010
Thank you for your commitment to your aunt and taking the time to visit her in a care setting. Nursing home visits can contribute to self-worth and offset feelings of depre...