Shannon loves to write. In fact, she’s always loved to write. But at 15 years of age, she didn’t have enough to write about. So God put her on a very long journey; a journey filled with drama, suspense, failure, success, heartache, and joy.
Mostly out of her need to fend for herself, Shannon became obsessed with making it big and proving her worth as a corporate mucky muck. Yeah yeah…her career accomplishments are many and varied, but they don’t really tell you much about who she is, except that she’s a workhorse. At this point, most of her stories are still sitting on the shelf. You never know when one might come in handy for bolstering a scene or propping up a plot line.
The most important thing you should know about Shannon is that she lives out of a mysterious connection with God. The more she focuses on Him, the greater her thirst becomes for knowing Christ, following after Him, and working with a fierce determination to surrender to His Lordship.
To lose her life, so that she might find it.
Because that’s the whole point, right? She wants to solve the mystery.
Speaking of mystery, this is one of Shannon’s favorite quotes:
Come, simple souls, you who have no feeling of devotion, no talent, not even the first elements of instruction—you who cannot understand a single spiritual term, who stand astonished at the eloquence of the learned whom you admire; come, and I will teach you a secret which will place you far beyond these clever minds. I will make perfection so easy you will find it everywhere and in every-thing. I will unite you to God, and He will hold you by the hand from the moment you begin to practice what I tell you. Come, not to learn the map of this spiritual country, but to possess it, to walk in it at your ease without fear of losing your way. Come, not to study the theory of God’s grace, or to learn what it has done in the past and is still doing, but simply to be open yourself to what it can do. You do not need to know what it has said to others, or repeat words intended only for them which you have overheard. His grace will speak to you, yourself, what is best for you.
Jean-Pierre de Caussade
The More Practical Facts
Shannon has a degree in Social Science with a triple-focus on sociology, economics, and psychology. She also has a Masters in Business Administration. Currently enrolled in seminary, she intends to register for another course when she can come up with the tuition. Shannon believes in pay as you go.
Shannon spent most of her adult years as an IT consultant. She traveled the world to teach others all about it, built a foundation of experience in the Big 8 firm environment, and then stepped out with a few former colleagues to do the same. Some say Shannon is easily bored. She’s pretty good at planning, managing, communicating, solving problems, creating visual communications, and playing peacemaker in contentious client environments. The last part is one of her favorite things to do. She also likes to sing and play piano. That last part has nothing to do with her career.
But that’s all behind her now. Now, she’s a full time writer with a lot to say.
Shannon married Paul in 1995. He’s a man with a servant’s heart. They couldn’t have their own kids so they adopted Caitlyn as an infant in 2001, six months before 9/11. Caitlyn’s story is amazing. It will stay on the shelf for now. When Caitlyn was 3 years old, Paul quit his job to become Mr. Mom and Shannon turned up the heat on her career.
In 2005 while Shannon was busy busy busy, Paul got a phone call about a little baby. One thing led to another and they adopted their second daughter Christina. Her story is also amazing and is the subject of Shannon’s latest book Rescuing Christina, released in the spring of 2017. When Christina arrived, Paul’s planned stint as Mr. Mom went from a three-year tour of duty to a ten-year tour of duty.
Shannon and her family attend a small church in Northern California, a church that helps people understand what it is to live life within the Kingdom of God. It’s a great place to go deep.