Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jesus and the Beanstalk by Lori Stanley Roeleveld

What if a fairy tale and ten Bible verses could free you to live an effective, fruitful life in Christ?

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:

-Affection for others

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.

My review:

  There are books that instantly grab your attention, and this is one such book with the interesting title. What does Jesus have to do with the beanstalk anyway?

  In spite of the odd but interesting title, this is not a weird book. The subtitle of the book is "Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life." Even without the subtitle, one would assume the book is about giants.

  I found the book a very interesting and helpful book. There were a couple of quotes that impressed me so much that I shared them on Facebook, such as this one:
"In a land of giants, too often we Christians spend so much time contemplating our opponents and weighing the odds, we defeat ourselves. The odds are always in favor of the giant, but odds don't win battles. Ask David." One of my Facebook friends commented a couple of times that the book sounded really good and she needed to read it.

  The author has a very engaging style of writing and tied in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in a very neat way with the giants we face in our lives. Some non-fiction books can be a bit difficult for me to get through, a result of reading so much fiction most likely, but this one was an easy read, and one I had a hard time setting aside.

 There is a lot of Biblical and sound advice in the book, and I was helped and encouraged a lot by it. One thing I walked away with that was a new thought to me came as a result of the quote I put above: that we often make our own giants and/or make them bigger than they really are. Great book, and one I highly recommend.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About 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 over 1.5 million views. Lori lives in Hope Valley, RI.

Jesus and the Beanstalk is available from Abington Publishing.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the review copy.