Sheila K. Campbell was born and raised in the West Texas Panhandle. She graduated from Hale Center High School and married her high school sweetheart, Robby Campbell, just months after graduation. A country girl who loved sunsets, riding bareback, raising chickens, and reading books perched on the top rail of a fence or in the crook of a tree, united with a farm boy who hated books but loved tractors and good, rich, soil. She and her husband were blessed with four children including their oldest son, Justin, who was left severely handicapped at age five. Sheila cared for Justin at home and, after the death of her husband in 2001, she continued to care for Justin as well as her other children as a single parent. Justin died just three years after his father in 2004. Sheila loves her children and grandchildren, good coffee, good books, good friends, and she loves to write. In 2014 she published a book titled My Journey with Justin about her struggle to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives after Justin was left severely disabled. Sheila has been a part of Harvest since 2013 and it is her desire to share with other women how God’s redeeming grace can mend and restore fissured and broken lives and bring ‘dance in the kitchen’ joy to the hurt and heartbroken.
Who is your hero and why? An avid reader, all of my heroes live between the pages of good books, like Edith in Louisa May Alcott’s The Inheritance or Eowyn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (yes, I am a big Tolkien fan). Honestly, the real heroes are the authors themselves. Men and Women like C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Elizabeth Elliott, Tim Keller, J.I. Packer, Wendell Berry, Marilyn Robinson, John and Staci Eldridge, and many, many, others, do far more than entertain, they educate, influence, inspire, and change lives with their written words.
What makes your heart come alive? The simple things in life fill me with a joy that is almost uncontainable. I love a starlit night or the deep silence that seems to occur just as the sun drops below the horizon, the brush of amber and gold across the morning horizon as the day awakens, golden fields, sunshine, flowers, trees, new babies of all kinds, hot coffee and hot showers, and all the glorious beauty of creation that is ours if we only pause to look.
If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have? I think my answer to this question would be almost the same today as it would have been when I was ten. I would love to spend most of my day writing, but only a handful of authors actually make a living writing and the rest of us barely write because we’re so busy making a living.
What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today? Growing up, my mother read the Bible to us every evening at bedtime and when we were older, she encouraged us to read the Bible every day. She set the example and we would often find her reading her Bible after everyone else had gone to bed or before anyone got up. This instilled a habit that has stayed with me all of my life.