3 Questions Wednesday with Lori Stanley Roeleveld

LoriStanleyRoeleveld HeadshotToday we welcome author and disturber of Hobbits, Lori Stanley Roeleveld, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Hello Lori! Glad you dropped by for a visit.

First tell us which author you would never get tired of and why.

Lori: I never tire of C.S.Lewis because of the depth and variety of his writing. As far as modern writers, I adore Stephen Lawhead’s writing and, again, love the variety of his work. I always have several books going at a time and bounce between fiction and non-fiction. I’m also breathlessly awaiting James L. Rubart’s next novel. It’s been too long since the last one!

I totally agree. I have a space on my bookshelf waiting for the next Rubart novel. He writes an awesome villain.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Lori: My favorite fictional villain is Antonio Salieri from the play and movie Amadeus. Salieri’s creative admiration and envy of Mozart’s talent is a study in one of the pitfalls for every creative person – especially Christians – as Salieri directs his rage toward the God he wishes to please. Whenever I wrestle with jealousy, all I have to do is spend a few moments in the company of this fictionalized character to run to God for the cure.

Interesting thought. I can relate. 🙂

Now what projects are you currently working on?

Lori: I continue to write for blog three times a week. I’m speaking at churches and writing conferences. And I’m editing a novella I’ve written titled, “Red Pen Redemption.” It’s the story of an octogenarian editor who believes all her life story requires to be ready for heaven is a “light edit” and dares God to prove to her otherwise one eventful Christmas Eve.

It’s a great story! Thanks so much for being our guest today, Lori! Leave a comment for a chance to win “Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus.)”

Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus)

600 x 900 CoverKing David thought his life was headed in one straight direction – to the throne – when suddenly, all he was doing was running from King Saul. Saul’s the original crazy man but we all have something that interrupts our regularly scheduled programming and we wonder where God is in the middle of it. I believe God was with David in the caves as surely as He was with him when he wore the crown. My book is about following Jesus when it doesn’t make sense, when it’s challenging, and even when it feels like God has no concern at all for your comfort in this life. I’m praying it gives readers eyes to see Him in their time “in the caves.” Each chapter is adapted from an original blog post and concludes with study questions and a thought to remember.

Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored an unsettling blog since 2009; a pursuit that eventually resulted in her first book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus). You’ll find Lori at her website www.loriroeleveld.com or on her front porch writing. If not, know this married mother of two homeschooled adults is off somewhere slaying dragons.

Why Disturber of Hobbits?

I identify with the hobbits of Lord of the Rings who love comfort, routine, and timely meals. I also, though, identify with Bilbo and Frodo who were drafted into adventure and found it to be addictively exciting. I believe Christians can become too comfortable and we not only need to be disturbed into adventure, we benefit from it.

Most Popular Blog Posts:

Lori’s post titled, “They’ll Be Dead by Morning (What Difference Does It Make)” about the persecution of Christians in North Korea, challenging American Christians to make the most of their freedom was viewed over 1.7 million times. Another post, “What We Owe Beheaded Children,” about how to process the news about ISIS activity in Iraq and Syria was shared over 275,000 times on Facebook. Ann Voskamp cited Lori’s parable “A Parable of Haiti” with inspiring her family to travel to Haiti on a short-term missions trip. Another post, “Refusing the Cure,” was read by a woman in Aurora, Colorado just hours before she sat in the theater with her teenage daughters the night James Eagan Holmes entered shooting at the crowd.