Shawn grew up outside New York City in Westchester County, and after graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English, moved to NYC to make her fortune. After madly dashing from one career to another - building renovations, oil futures trading, advertising, real estate broker, professional chef, back to real estate broker, and finally motherhood - she experienced a Divine Intervention which set her on course. Shawn was finally able to use her English degree as a freelance editor and tutor, working with college bound high school seniors through C.B. Kunkel and Associates, LLC; wrote the daily devotional book Choose Wisely: Applying God's Word to Your Choices; and is the Teaching Director for the Sarasota day class of Community Bible Study.
Shawn currently resides in Sarasota, FL, along with her husband and son. She can be contacted at SMOLESPHINI@VERIZON.NET
Shawn's Devotional book
Choose...to ask the tough questions; Choose...to remember and give thanks; Choose...to embrace 'unanswered' prayers. Each devotional title begins --- like the book itself --- with this theme of conscious, prayerful choice, a theme reinforced again and again, not with frenzied, fist-shaking, spittle-flying thunder, but with the quiet guidance of a humble mentor. Shawn has wisely chosen to keep each devotional to no more than one page in length, encouraging readers to spend time in worshipful reflection rather than reading something other than their Bible. Written in a friendly, conversational, earnest and warm voice, filled with careful, vivid allegories and clear, engaging analogies, Choose Wisely: Applying God's Word to Your Choices, A Daily Devotional is invaluable for every believer, not just Bible scholars or veteran theologians. This is for the believer seeking renewed inspiration and a comfortable chair to talk to his Lord --- and also for the lost person desperate for truth. It helps readers discern how their choices can have infinite impact for themselves, their family, community and the world. There's no preaching here, no attempt at indoctrination; only gentle, godly insights and enriching lessons on spiritual growth and successful living presented with freshness and sincerity.