3 Questions Wednesday with Lori Stanley Roeleveld

roeleveld-headshot-2015It is my privilege to welcome Lori Stanley Roeleveld, author and disturber of hobbits, back to our blog.

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 high-res-beanstalk-cover-300-pxlook, 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:

· Faith

· Goodness

· Knowledge

· Self-control

· Perseverance

· Godliness

· Affection for others

· Love

 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.

Links to my books:

Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life) 

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

Red Pen Redemption

roeleveld-headshot-2015Lori 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.

3 Questions Wednesday with Lori Stanley Roeleveld

Roeleveld Headshot 2015Today we welcome author and disturber of hobbits, Lori Stanley Roeleveld, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Hello, Lori! So glad you stopped by. First question.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Lori: Oh dear, can any writer choose just one other? I love expansive, historic fiction with intrigue and action so I tend toward epic writers like Edward Rutherfurd, Stephen R. Lawhead, and Bernard Cornwell. I also have a strong speculative bent so Frank Peretti, James L. Rubart, Orson Scott Card, Joel Rosenberg, Lawhead (again), and Ted Dekker reign. If I were trapped in a room with only one shelf of books, I’d hope it was stocked with Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, C.S.Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Raymond Bradbury. I suppose it means I have some sort of issue that there are no women in this list but glancing at my shelf, are three quietly powerful works by Pearl S. Buck, so there’s her and The History of Love by Nicole Kraus blew me away. I love epic, sweeping stories, heroic characters, and a wink of humor in my stories as well as strong imagery and timeless symbolism. I love writers that write across genres because they generally are experts at wordcraft

I believe I could be happy with a shelf of books like that. Some great characters in those works…

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Lori: Salieri from Amadeus. I can truly relate to the temptation to which he fell prey. His initial desire to please God with his music became twisted by creative envy that eventually destroyed him. It’s a cautionary tale for me as a writer who desires to please God. It’s very easy to begin using your creative gift to worship Him and slowly begin to worship your creativity. Salieri keeps me on track.

That would preach. 🙂 Last question.

What project are you currently working on?

Lori: I’m really excited about my next non-fiction book due out from Abingdon Press in September 2016. It’s called Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life). I just got a glimpse of the cover and it’s beautiful. In Jesus and the Beanstalk, I use the first part of “Jack and the Beanstalk” to make sense of applying 2 Peter 1:1-10 to the Christian life. It’s about the secret to being effective in our knowledge of Jesus but also about how to engage with a culture that’s more and more at odds with our faith.

Can’t wait to read that one. Thanks so much, Lori, for being our guest today!

Lori has graciously offered to bless one commenter with a print copy of Red Pen Redemption so be sure and leave a comment.

Red Pen RedemptionRed Pen Coverrgb

Warning: Helen Bancroft is not a sweet woman and this is not a sweet story. What would you do if God took you up on a dare? Helen Bancroft’s led a good life and feels no need for her daughter’s Savior. When God accepts Helen’s dare to edit her autobiography and prove her righteousness, she’s in for a lesson in her own history. One woman’s journey from unbelief to acceptance turns into the Christmas Eve adventure of a lifetime beneath the red pen of Christ’s mercy and grace.

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 new release is a Christmas novella, Red Pen Redemption, available now and she’s currently working on her next release, Jesus and the Beanstalk. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most important things from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. You’ll find her at her website www.loriroeleveld.com. If not, know she’s off somewhere slaying dragons. Not available for children’s parties

Today is the Day!

snoopy danceIt’s time for the Writing Prompts Crew to give away another book.

This time it’s Lori Stanley Roeleveld’s book, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus).

And the winner is…

Nancy K. Sullivan!

Congratulations, Nancy!

Didn’t win? You still have time to comment on either Christine Lindsay’s or Amy C. Blake’s post to be entered to win even more books.

The next time it could be your day…


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.

Great Authors, Winners, and Fun? Oh my!

CongratulationsEntrusted FRONT Cover_edited Harriet Michael! You’ve won a copy of Julie Arduini’s book Entrusted! 

There’s still time to win Joan Devene’s book Saving Eric or Deborah M. Piccurelli’s book Love Comes Calling. Just leave a comment under their interview.

Tomorrow Lori Roeleveld joins us and talks about Amadeus, C.S. Lewis, and her latest project. Don’t miss it!

We hope you’re enjoying our Monday and Friday posts on “What did you want to be when you grew up?”

Next month, we’ll discuss the monster under the bed…