Welcome, friends.

My name is Madelyn Canada. I’m a teacher, writer, and notoriously unsuccessful cook. I write about good stories and gospel hope. I write for people like myself who need to be reminded that this is not the end of the story, and one day, every tear will be wiped away.

I like to read old books, drink coffee, make sourdough bread, wear wild socks, make my friends babies laugh, and take long walks in the summer to watch the sunsets behind our house.

I live in southern Ohio and am a member of a Reformed Baptist congregation. I hold (as my church does) to the London Baptist Confession of 1689. I believe the chief ministry in the life of a believer is that of their local church and it is my privilege to spend much of my time serving alongside them. If you are a believer and not able to find a local church near you, please feel free to reach out.

The writing that you find here centers on books and living in light of the gospel Story. I occasionally write for other platforms. I am working on my first novel, more information on that to come. I am grateful to be a member of the Gospel Center for Discipleship Writers Guild and for the wonderful people there who have helped me grow as a writer and encouraged me often with their own writing. At the bottom of this page are several of my friend’s websites you might be encouraged to check out.

Why this blog?

When I was little my dream was to open a used bookstore where people would come looking for a good book to read, a cup of coffee to drink while they perused the shelves, and then sit in an armchair to tell me their own stories. I’ve been accused of being an idealist, and it’s probably true. Since bookstores are declining in popularity, and books have transitioned from pages to screens, the closest I could get was this corner of the web, hence The Corner Shelf. If you stop by, you’ll find some good books to read. While there is no coffee or armchair, I’ll give you the same thing I would if you were sitting across from me with a mug in hand. I’ll tell you my favorite story, the one about Jesus, and how He changes everything. I hope you’ll stick around for a bit, and that your heart might be encouraged to hope in Him no matter what’s going on around you.

Below are several blogs I follow. 


From books to music to solid Scriptural encouragement, Glenna has you covered. Her album Hold Me Fast is one of my favorites. You can find a link to purchase it on her blog.


Tim Challies is a Canadian author, speaker, and blogger. When you follow his blog, you’ll get his daily A la Carte in your inbox. It is a wonderful assortment of daily articles from the web on current events, theological studies, and general news from a Christian worldview.


Abigail is a long distance kindred spirit whom I was acquainted with via Twitter. Since then I’ve always enjoyed her brave outlook on life and constant reminder to have courage and press on. I’m certain you’ll be blessed by her writing as I continually am.


Cassie is another far away friend who writes about books, theology, and Christ. Her blog is thought provoking and delightful, do hop on over and read some of her content. You’ll not be disappointed.


Brianna’s writing is practical and lovely. Whether discussing motherhood, marriage, or ordinary faithfulness to Christ her writing stirs me up to love others well and walk in obedience to God.

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