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Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones
by Kathryn E. Jones   

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Spirituality

Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  146990294X Type: 
Pages: 

104

Copyright:  Jan 22, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781469902944
Fiction

David gathered 5 smooth stones to meet and defeat Goliath. What did these stones represent and how can you use them to conquer Goliaths in your own personal quests? Ms. Virginia Bean will show you how.

Travel with her on her own personal journey. See what she does. Learn how she grows. Discover what she becomes.

“Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones” is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain and fear. Learn of the great power within you, a power given to you from God, a power that must ultimately be unleashed to conquer the Goliaths in your own life. Come to an even deeper understanding of God and what he wants for you. Come…

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“I’m here for my interview,” she said.

“Yes, the interview.” He smiled, and she could see love in that smile, if such a thing as love in a smile is really possible. The smile lit up his blue eyes and drifted into her heart. The feeling made her happy and sad at the same time. It was strange and wonderful.

“So, you’ve come for faith,” he said.

Ms. Virginia Bean was momentarily confused. “Faith?” she asked. “I’ve come for an interview.”

“As I said, faith,” the old man answered. From some unknown place he handed her a rock. It was white and smooth and she could see tiny silver veins like a hand within it.

“I thought you bottled water here,” she said.

“Well, yes,” the man answered. “Lots and lots of water but take the stone, it’s your first after all, and you’ll need it to find that job.”

Ms. Virginia Bean didn’t know what to say. She’d come to this strange place for an interview and all she’d managed to get was a rock? But she held out her hand and took the rock anyway. It was warm and light in her hand and she felt suddenly younger than her 35 years.

“Now, this stone is special,” said Mr. Spurt. “If you listen closely, the stone you hold will tell you what you need to know.”

“That’s crazy,” she said without thinking.

The man smiled, lighting up the room. “Not crazy, special. If you listen, you will not only hear what you need to do, you will begin to have the faith to do it. Listening is the first stone of five from David’s bag.”

“The first…what?”

She sounded like a broken record, one of those vinyl disks that nobody used anymore to play music. Everything was so high-tech, so other-worldly, so…

“Your mind is racing,” said the man. “When you slow it down, you can hear. See this room? Feel how quiet it is?”

Ms. Virginia Bean tried to slow down her feet. She tried to grip the arms of the white chair and suddenly realized there weren’t any arms.

The old man laughed. “You don’t need to be afraid, Virginia, all you need is a listening ear; a moment that you can hear the voice.”

“From the stone?”

The man nodded and stood. Ms. Virginia Bean followed; it was the right thing to do. She held the warm rock in her right hand, and as she did, something happened.

“You are also beloved,” a voice said. It came from the stone.
The voice startled her, but only for a moment. Something like light ran up her right arm and entered her heart. When the feeling ended, she was still holding the stone and the man at the desk was gone.



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This is like a whole series of selfhelp books all rolled up neatly into 104 pages and disguised as a fiction story! Very clever indeed! You could read this book and not even know that you are learning something. I found myself highlighting and taking notes all through the book, but also really enjoying the story.

This is a short book that could be easily read in a day, but I took 3 days to read it. Why? - well it wasn't slow that's for sure. It was because I didn't want to miss anything! I didn't want to read it too fast and not remember or "get" what it was about. It is kind of like a puzzle story where you have to put it all together and ask hmmm what does she mean by this? It was really fascinating. I definitely took something away from reading this. This is a book I will keep on my nook for future reference!

But don't get me wrong... I said cleverly disguised as a fiction story - because you won't even realize you are learning something! It is very sweet, heartfelt, entertaining and inspirational, with a touch of mystery and magic.

When Ms. Virginia Bean looses her job she goes on a journey with God and discovers what she has inside her that she didn't even know was there. When she meets God he gives her 5 stones (like the 5 stones David used to conquer Goliath). These stones represent exactly what you need in all of life's quests - Listening, Trust, Optimism, Tenacity, and Constancy. Only when Virginia fully develops all these qualities will she be ready to face what life has to throw at her. And life does throw her a few Goliaths!

All of these qualities ( Listening, Trust, Optimism, Tenacity, and Constancy) are traits that everyone needs in their everyday life, not just when trying to find a new job, but when struggling with a relationship, moving, buying a new house, trying to deal with the death of a loved one, anything really that you need help moving on with. Read this first - as a story. But then keep it with you as a reference book for how to use what God gave you for your life.


An incredibly interesting and inspirational tale!!
When the company she works for relocates to another state, Virginia Bean loses a job she's held for ten years. With no replacement employment lined up, she's floundering trying to figure out what to do next. Showing up for a job interview, she finds herself embarking on an unexpected spiritual path. Insights, like the fact she hadn't been happy at her previous job, begin to reveal themselves.

Conquering Your Goliaths~ A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is a self-help book contained within a fictionalized story. With each stone Ms. Bean is given, she begins to apply its meaning to her life to make significant changes. Readers follow along with her as she motivates herself to overcome negative thinking and acquire new skills. She also learns to accept that every negative experience she's ever had has been necessary to develop her independence and overall well-being.

Author Kathryn Elizabeth Jones has written a wonderfully interesting and inspirational tale. Listening, Trust, Optimism, Tenacity, and Constancy are the five essential elements required to live a fulfilled existence. By reading this book, anyone can learn to apply them to his or her life. Only when individuals begin to accept the fact that an easy life without trials isn't really worth living, will they truly understand the lessons life is teaching them.


Walking the Christian Life
I consider Conquering Your Goliaths-A Parable of Five Stones, by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, to be an allegorical story of the Christian life. The book was slow in getting me into the story, but once the stones started appearing, I wanted to keep reading. These spiritual truths are so vital to the Christian walk, and Kathryn puts the journey into a whole new perspective that is enlightening and yet very real to everyone's life.

The story of salvation is told through the wine-press of the Old Testament. It's subtle, but the message is there. If you miss it, go back and re-read it. It's precious in its explanation. It's the necessary component to the messages of the five stones.

Kathryn uses David as the prime example in her story. He slew Goliath with a stone, but he had to learn the principles behind the five stones before he become successful in his walk with God. We subsequently become acquainted with the stones given by God-listening, trust, optimism, tenacity, and constancy-that are all in relation to God, His word, prayer, standing strong, and telling others.

Throughout the story we find that Ms. Virginia Bean becomes fearful, makes mistakes, gets angry at God, and even wants to give up at times. Ms. Bean's reactions were real as our own reactions at times. It made the story realistic in that way. In Ms. Bean's meetings with God, she finds the solutions to overcome. It's a process that lasts a lifetime, though hopefully we all grow in time if we faint not. I felt the use of stones for each of the five areas of growth brought out the child-like faith necessary to follow the Lord.

I'm a little disappointed with ending, as life doesn't always end up the way it does here. But the main point is trusting God whatever way it turns out. I'm glad this book came into my life at just this time, as it will help me through the difficult areas I am currently dealing with. Lessons to walk out to grow spiritually. Trusting God.

At the back of Kathryn's book is A Spiritual Guide where God is talking to us personally on the five lessons. It's detailed and personal, and helps us remember what we learned in the book. It will be a book I read more than one time, as a reminder of how to walk out these lessons in my own personal life.

This e-book was provided by the author, Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.


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