Disclosure: I participated in the book tour for this title. Opinions shared are mine.
My husband and I used to attend church with a “Spiritual Giant.” It was just a inside-church joke, but it really stuck. Our minister, Hugh Thompson, was really a powerful mover of the spirit. He fell in love with Jesus as an adult, left his career to preach the gospel, and shared so much with his flock. When I read Jesus and the Beanstalk, I could just imagine Hugh in heaven, hanging out with the heroes from Hebrews chapter 11. Hugh was one of my models of spiritual growth. These aren’t the types of giants we’re used to hearing about from the Bible, though.
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. She presented her suggestions and questions in a way that was quite easy to understand. Several of her analogies hit home. When she mentioned the elderly man carrying his wife to bed….sounds like the grandparents my husband and I treasure.
Roeleveld offered striking statistics regarding Christian habits of reading — or even believing — the Bible. She defines key areas in which believers can improve their relationship with God. I definitely don’t want to be in the shallow end of her statistics! Jesus and the Beanstalk has a lot to offer for those who are searching for ways to strengthen their faith.