Sheila Mallory is a retired United Church minister who lives in Montague. For the past 30 years, through various careers and finally her ordination as a minister who served congregations in Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI, she kept a daily diary of events in her life. At age 83 and following recovery from a near-death experience, she has used her diary and her own reliable memory to write a story of her life—In The Shadow of God’s Wings. In the book Sheila is remarkably candid about events, good and bad.
Since her childhood in a secure, loving family with attendance at church and Sunday school, Sheila was attracted to the stories of those who listened to and obeyed God. Despite some meaningful encounters with God in her early years, a serious illness in her early adulthood challenged her faith. For decades she feared a relationship with God, feeling He had rejected her and left her to struggle alone, she explains. Gradually, over the years, she says that she learned that out of painful crises come incredible blessing and wisdom. She discovered, she goes on to explain, that God had not abandoned her – rather, she had always been in the shadow of God’s wings.
In the Shadow of God’s Wings is now available in most bookstores. In Montague, it is available at the Home Hardware, and the Pharmasave.