Thursday, October 06, 2016

Jesus and the Beanstalk by Lori Stanley Roeleveld

Jesus and the Beanstalk

by Lori Stanley Roeleveld   
Spiritual Growth
Abingdon Press

We live in unsettling, challenging times. Everywhere we look, we see giant problems: giant obstacles to sharing faith, giant barriers to peaceful lives, giant strongholds of fear. But what if you knew eight small secrets to unlocking a strength big enough to overcome whatever obstacle life may bring?
Using allegory and a bit of humor, Jesus and the Beanstalk explores a passage in 2 Peter 1 to uncover eight truths that will help you unleash a larger-than-life faith:
· Faith
· Goodness
· Knowledge
· Self-control
· Perseverance
· Godliness
· Affection for others
· Love
In this creative, refreshing perspective on spiritual growth, you will discover an unyielding strength when you tap the power of a God who is stronger than any beanstalk and bigger than your biggest giants.
"Jesus and the Beanstalk is crafted to touch mind, heart, and soul. It has no lesser goal than to remind all believers that they are giant killers. In an age when there are many new and frightening affronts to people of faith there is no better time to be reminded that giants can be felled by faith and determination."
~ Alton Gansky, award-winning author of more than 35 books
"Lori Stanley Roeleveld has given us new spiritual and practical motivation for increasing our ministry effectiveness. This book is refreshing and relevant to daily life. Lori weaves creative, practical and powerful possibilities for us, as disciples to live out our faith through sharing Christ in encouraging ways." 
 ~ Rev. Jim W. Hollis

 Meet the Author
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is the author of Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus) and Red Pen Redemption. Her blog,, was voted Top 100 Christian Blogs by and has enjoyed more than two million views.

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Here's my review of this wonderful non-fiction read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lori Stanley Roeleveld and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Jesus and the Beanstalk" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
From the lovely cover of this book that reminds me of stories I loved in my childhood, “Jesus and the Beanstalk” by Lori Stanley Roeleveld is so much more than a fairy tale.  This is a serious read about defeating giants (aka spiritual warfare) that teaches valuable principles and life application.  It's also an easy and enjoyable read!

Each chapter is short, but packed with humor and good storytelling.  Thought-provoking application questions bring the material home and there is plenty of wisdom and encouragement to wrap up each topic in the “One Stone for your Sling” section.  From the wellspring of 2 Peter 1, Roeleveld encourages growth in the areas of faith, godliness, affection, love, perseverance, goodness, knowledge and self-control.
This is a terrific non-fiction read that is perfect for quiet time or any time.  It would be a great gift, too.

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