Hello, Lori! I’m so glad you’re back.
Please let our readers know what books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Lori: Pivotal to my early spiritual formation (aside from God’s Word) was A Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster. I devoured this book and incorporated these disciplines into my life as a freshman in college and taking this path has made all the difference.
I’ve read countless books on the craft of writing and for me, it was finding the courage of my own creativity that was the battle (as well as the gumption to make my writing dream a priority while still serving my family). The books that helped me most to find my voice and schedule the time for writing were: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, and Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg .
Aside from these, I also consume large quantities of fairy tales, folk tales, and epic fantasies so that my non-fiction has wings.
Writing true, huh? Might have to add that one to the wish list…
What secret talents do you have?
Lori: When I was forty, a group of women who had black belts challenged me to take karate. They wanted to study the Bible but I had to attend karate classes with them prior to leading the study. Before this time, I was a world-ranked sitter. If sitting were an Olympic sport, I’d be the Michael Phelps of the event! It took me four years but I earned my black belt in karate and discovered I have a fierce back kick as well as a solid right hook. The experience also taught me that with small steps and perseverance, we can achieve what appears to be impossible.
That’s awesome 🙂 Last question…
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Lori: I would hand you a lovely glass of water or a hot cup of coffee depending on the weather as we discussed which local restaurant we’d visit. With a full-time day job and a full-time writing habit, my cooking muscle is atrophied but southern Rhode Island is a sea of fine dining. My favorites are sushi, Mexican food, chowder and clamcakes, white pizza, or good bleu-burgers with sweet potato fries.
I love eating out! And let’s try the seafood. Thanks, Lori, for stopping by!
Lori has graciously offered to give away a copy of Jesus and the Beanstalk, in print or Kindle. (winners choice) Please leave a comment to be entered…
Jesus and the Beanstalk
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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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). Her next book, Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life), releases September 2016. Her speculative Christmas novella, Red Pen Redemption, is a quick but challenging read if you love history and life’s big questions. If you don’t find her at her website, www.loriroeleveld.com, know she’s off somewhere slaying dragons. Lori is a retired home school mom with a day job who lives her Jesus adventure in Rhode Island with her husband, Rob.