Jesus and the Beanstalk

Jesus and the Beanstalk

Jesus and the Beanstalk: Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life (Abingdon Press, September 2016)

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.

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  • Readers, if you are looking for a book that will both teach you and inspire you to pursue God’s truth and His Word so that you grow in your relationship with Christ, look no further! This book will send you in search of God’s voice and truth and will stretch you in meaningful and profound ways!

  • My Full Cup says:

    I felt as if the author was telling me to just be better at loving Jesus, produce in myself more faith. If I just DID more, the giants would be killed by MY OWN sword. But that’s isn’t the way it works!

    What works is abiding in Jesus, allowing His life to take over my deadness and my giants, submitting to His leadership, standing firm IN Him, and then I can watch those giants fall.

  • A great read for Christian readers everywhere. This will blow your mind. I really enjoyed reading this it made me think about my faith more.

    This book can be used as a devotional for your daily lives. There were some parts in this book that I was blown away with it was just wow. I loved the scriptures that the author had in this book. It was my favorite part.

    A great read for sure and if you need help along the way with growing your faith this could be for you.

  • Raventhreads says:

    I find that I love books like this one because she constantly drives us to the Bible and has a lot of work that she wants us to complete to benefit from the writing and ideas that she is sharing. Although I read through it as a reviewer, I will certainly be coming back to it as a student and taking my time to study through it in a leisurely way. There’s a lot of good information here, and it’s best unpacked through journaling and time spent in the Bible and prayer.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    I really enjoyed the theme of Jack and the beanstalk and how it can be relayed into our faith and the giants we face. Each chapter is the perfect size for a daily devotional. In each section you have a little fairy tale, some personal stories, and Bible truths that all tie together. The chapters are finished with some amazing though provoking questions.

  • WORD Up! says:

    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.

  • I really enjoyed this book and the take on it that the author had. It was a brilliant comparison that we could all learn a lot from.

  • It is NOT like any thing I’ve ever read. It’s part Christian living, but not like what you think of when you hear “Christian living.” It’s part devotional, but not like what you think of when you hear “devotional.”

  • Lori Roeleveld did an wonderful job of writing this devotional.  I struggle with giants in my life on a day to day basis and was delighted to find this little help to defeating those giants and bearing fruit in my Christian life.  This book inspired me to get out my dusty journal and dig deeper in the Word. 

  • Lori Stanley Roeleveld, the author of this book, writes in such a way that I wanted to send her a “hey, girlfriend” text. She’s incredibly down to earth! In fact, her writing style reminded me of Max Lucado. So when she described ways to slay those giants that cause us to stumble, it really made sense to me. Jesus and the Beanstalk has a lot to offer for those who are searching for ways to strengthen their faith.

  • Moments says:

    Each of us has giants in our lives, giants of different kinds, but giants just the same that need to be confronted and defeated. There are 8 truths or characteristics that can help each of us with defeating these giants in our lives. Each of these truths is discussed in depth as far as the Biblical aspect and how God gives these to us, but also how the Jack and the Beanstalk story can be tied in with it helping to further get the point across. I have to say I see that story in a whole new way now!

  • I was wrong. There is nothing fictional about facing our giants and involving Jesus Christ. I enjoyed and understood the concept the author used of the beanstalk in relation to how we live.

  • Jesus and the Beanstalk was an encouraging read. A reminder for us that our saviour is into the small things and the big things.

  • Roeleveld started with a great idea. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me.

    There were so many directions she could have gone with the theme of “small” people overcoming huge giants. Sadly, she didn’t go to them. In the first two parts of the book, she loosely used the theme of Jack and the Beanstalk to characterize this very issue in the lives of believers. It was a fairly effective allegory. But she didn’t finish the story. She didn’t slay the giant. Then, leaving us longing to kill the giant, in Part 3, she switched over to the list of virtues from 2 Peter 1:5-8. Except she didn’t…

  • 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.

  • When a book moves you to tears because of its convicting you through the Holy Spirit, you know you have stumbled upon a great book. 

  • Using the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as an allegorical starting point, Roeleveld explores 2 Peter in a conversational manner, and presents it as a guide for how to live in challenging times. The questions for reflection at the end of each chapter were excellent and truly enhanced the text.

  • Roeleveld has given us a creative and unique way to look at spiritual growth and connecting with the Vine–Jesus. This is a great small group study as it lends itself to great discussion. The questions and the “Small Steps” encourage spiritual growth and help us maintain our relationship with God.

  • The ideal nonfiction book for the fiction aficionado, Jesus and the Beanstalk teaches us how to live effective lives as Christians. Both encouraging and convicting, Roeleveld puts readers at ease but also leads them to a pointed look at their hearts. The wisdom here is accessible to all, making it a great choice for small groups but also an excellent selection for personal quiet times as well. A definite must-read!

  • Roeleveld does not simply rely on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to make her points, she consistently backs them up with scripture and personal experiences. The references to scripture were perhaps my favorite parts of this book, as comparing Jack and the Beanstalk to the verses in 2 Peter served to remind me just how magnificent and marvelous our God really is and that slaying giants isn’t just for storybooks and Old Testament David.

  • kcreatives says:

    I like to jump around during the year in my personal Bible study. Maybe I study something more that I’m learning at church, or do a systematic study or word study, or just read it one year. This study will help you jump to the book of 2 Peter, study your life, study the book and laugh at the same time.

  • The book discusses how we can use our strengths i.e. our fruits of the spirit, our spiritual gifts to help overcome challenges. The book uses Jack and the Beanstalk as context to help us. Even the chapter titles reference back to Jack.

  • Jesus and the Beanstalk is a unique book that can be used for personal or group study, and I enjoyed it very much. Lori Stanley Roeleveld understands the power of story to effect change, and very capably combines storytelling, personal experience, and Scripture-based teaching into an engaging and inspirational narrative.

  • This book has such great potential – taking 2 Peter to walk through those fears that hold us back in life. Overcoming those fears and hard times is a subject everyone can relate to. Unfortunately, this book just did not “do it” for me. I felt the stories rambled a bit and I had a hard time focusing on the actual topic being discussed. The writing style did not fit my interest, and I just never felt I could relate to this book.

  • Jesus and The Beanstalk by Lori Stanley Roeleveld. With these every changing and challenging times are you strong in your faith and allowing it to grow and spread?

  • I really enjoyed this book. So many good reminders of God’s truth in it. I feel like no matter what is going on in your life, you are always facing giants. Sometimes we need to remember who the real Giant Slayer is and rely more on Him daily!!

  • This book is an excellent source of encouragement on how to face the giants in one’s life. I highly recommend it!

  • This is such an encouraging book that had me seeing the power of God in a much more clear way. With His help, we can live without fear of these giants in our life. I really loved how she wove the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through the book – she did it in a way that really made it enjoyable but also made it understandable. I love how she uses Jack’s mother to point out that we can live our life focused on our dire circumstances like she did or we can look up and see the possibilities!

  • This book was full of Biblical truths. Her writing style was easy to understand…not a whole bunch of technical mumbo jumbo.
    Aside from my attention being diverted, at times, I feel overall this is a very good book. Readers can learn a great deal that will help them to grow in their faith from this book.

  • As I read the book, I was challenged over and over to actively pursue Christlikeness in every area of life. I not only highly recommend Jesus and the Beanstalk to all my readers, I am praying about using this book as a small-group Bible study with the women at my church.

  • This book does a great job of helping us to know that God is in control of our giants as well as our ants.

  • I like the point Lori brings out about ancestors. Even if we come from a long line of misfits, if we are Christians we have a commendable heritage according to Hebrews 11.

  • Well, here is one that to me really took me by surprise; it’s very genuine in content and caused me to dig deep into the Word. I also found plenty of Scriptures to look up, journal from and meditate on.

  • This was a really interesting book which still had me thinking about what I’d read after I’d spend time reading it. The writing style was more personable than I expected.

  • This is my first time reading anything by Lori Stanley Roeleveld. I’m always nervous when reading something from a new(to me) author, but I’m happy to report that reading “Jesus & the Beanstalk” honestly felt like I was having a coffee/tea date with a friend.

  • Oh, what a powerful book resource Lori’s book Jesus and the Beanstalk is. It teaches and inspires the reader.

  • Author Lori Stanley Roelevold takes an in-depth look at 2 Peter, throws in the fairy tales we learned in childhood, and somehow manages to relate them to each other in a way so we see the truth of Christ’s character in a way that allows us to better go after a closer walk and relationship with Him. The opportunities to reflect upon recognizing God is who is says he is, and then doing our part to build and deepen our reliance upon Him are very well presented and laid out clearly throughout the book.

  • What a fascinating book! This book had an utterly unique concept and made me think about the story of Jack and the beanstalk in a totally different light, i don’t think I will every think of it lightly again!

  • I almost refused to read this book, based solely on its quirky title. BIG MISTAKE! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…
    Lori has so masterfully woven familiar fairy tales together, Jack and the Beanstalk in particular, to illustrate deep spiritual truths.

  • I just loved Lori’s writing style – so profound, yet so practical. I really enjoyed the topics and ideas she tackled. They were very relevant to today’s world and the times we live in. I appreciated her exposition of us, Christians, being up against the “giants” and how God actually loves small. It was so encouraging.

  • Roeleveld employs a very personable writing style as she provides insights into how to topple the giant challenges in our lives. It may be a quirky title and an enjoyable read, but it’s far from a fluffy fair tale. Indeed, this book is full of substance and I really enjoyed how Roeleveld tackled the subject matter, and often had insightful things to say in a way I hadn’t heard before – her thoughts about Uriah the Hittite, and Martha (sister of Mary and Lazarus) come to mind.

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