Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones

Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones

by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones


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David gathered 5 smooth stones to meet and defeat Goliath. What did these stones represent and how can you use them to conquer your 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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469902944
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/22/2012
Pages: 102
Sales rank: 1,164,654
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

When I was young I thought I had to sound like a great writer to be one. It was all so overwhelming; now I know I only need to sound like myself. My ideas come from two primary sources. My work might spark from the enlightening words of a friend, teacher or writing prompt. At other times, I am sitting in a very still space and the words I should write come to me like a powerful and glowing wind.

My favorite tool is the pen. Though computer keys get the words down quicker and easier, I like to put pen to paper, smell the ink, see the words as they are developed and renewed by new phrases or thoughts.

I enjoy traveling to wherever the character takes me. This often means even I am surprised and warmed at the outcome. In the end, when my writing is done, I like to watch the eyes of the reader whenever I can. Their reflective expression gives me the greatest glimpse into what my writing has become.

Before I was one, I loved to read books-or at least, pretend to. I couldn't walk yet but I would crawl to the bottom shelf for what I wanted. My Grandma says my books were placed near the floor for that very reason, and my mother speaks of me pulling my favorite book from the shelf and crawling back to the couch with the book safely in tow.

I would sit on the couch and pretend to read, speaking the language of some foreign diplomat-or perhaps, the tongue of angels, my mother wasn't quite sure which, and when I was done, I would crawl back to the shelf for another story.

When I am not writing I'm reading, I am an avid reader of the scriptures and books of spiritual merit. I have been married 32 years and enjoy teaching and working with youth and children-including my own three girls, three grand-daughters and grandson.

A published writer since 1987, I have published various newspaper and magazine articles for teens and adults.

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Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
This is like a whole series of self help 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.
Reviews-ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite We all have a Goliath in our lives that we’d like to slay. Some of us have more than one. Kathryn Elizabeth Jones presents the story of Virginia Bean whose Goliaths are many and she takes the reader through a parable of how she learned life lessons through her encounters with five stones. Have you read in the Bible of the five stones which David used to sling at Goliath? The story is good. What Virginia Bean thinks is a job interview is in fact, as we find out at the end of the story, a meeting with God and Jesus. My favorite part was the inclusion of the spiritual guides at the end of the book. The first stone and guide were about listening and the author tells us to remember that things aren’t always as they appear, that daily prayer will help prepare us for listening, and that questions will bring answers. Next, there is Trust. In this section, Jones tells us that trust comes slowly but that we are never alone, that we don’t have to hide our mistakes, and that strength comes from reaching out to others. The other three stones are Optimism, Tenacity, and Constancy. "Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones" has inspired me to keep some smooth stones on my desk to remind me of the five lessons learned by both Virginia Bean in the story and David in the Bible.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
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.
RoGoodman More than 1 year ago
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.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
David took five smooth stones into battle against Goliath, not just one. And author Kathryn Elizabeth Jones weaves a story of stones that combines life’s mist-steps and failures into one glorious message. The tone is pleasingly plain, not preachy, not filled with psycho-analysis, but simply pulling the reader into Virginia Bean’s dilemma. For suddenly, after all these years, she’s lost the job that gave meaning and shape to her life. As Virginia, well-dressed, well-prepared and suitably determined, heads for an interview with Western Falls bottled water company in Idaho Falls, she rehearses the steps she’ll take to get the job. But nothing is quite what it seems, and instead she leaves the manager’s office with a lesson in the shape of a stone. Have you ever wondered how parables are like parabolas (or rainbows)? Grounded in reality at one end, and in Biblical truth at the other, Conquering your Goliaths builds a rainbow path of stones between what Virginia has and what she needs. Somewhere on that path is what she wants, and what God wants for her stands at the top. The lessons are simply remembered, wisely taught, and nicely illustrated (as in all the best parables). I’ll use the thought of these stones as I seek out steps to conquer my own Goliaths. Thank you Kathryn for offering a really good message in the form of such an enjoyable, well-told tale. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A parable is a brief and to the point story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons. In Conquering your Goliaths the reader is introduced to an analogy to David and Goliath in that Goliath had 5 stones instead of one. This parable is a realistically told story that seems probable and takes place in a familiar setting of life, meaning the life of Ms. Virginia Bean. She recently lost her job and finds herself going to an interview for a new one. There she finds herself in the presence of God and with His help, learns things that she thought did not pertain to her. She is given 5 different stones. They represent listening, trust,optimism, tenacity and constancy. She learns that these are the 5 things we need to remember to guide us through our lives. Ms.Bean relalizes that things are not always as they appear, the future is not always clear, stay optimistic, no two people have the same journey in life and to be constant as to what matters most. Valuable lessons to be learned for sure. I found this short book to be very enlightening and a pleasure to read.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
Do you have a Goliath in your life? A problem or situation that is bigger than you and more daunting that you have strength to handle? Do you struggle with insecurities or worries? Then think about David... David slew Goliath with a few simple stones... Read this story of Ms. Virginia Bean who needs help with her very personal problem of being laid off and not being able to find another job. As she talks with a man in a fisherman's hat he gives her the gift of 5 stones... Each stone represents an aspect that will help her in her journey. Those 5 stones represent: *Listening *Trust *Optimism *Tenacity *Constancy Walk with Virginia as she carries her stones, sometimes dropping them, sometimes losing them, and sometimes even forgetting them. Learn that "things are not always as they appear." We each have within our capacity the access to these same stones...stones that will help us conquer our own Goliaths. A GREAT reminder of what matters most and how to solve our individual struggles. This book is WONDERFUL!
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ShaynaGier-dot-com More than 1 year ago
What I Loved: Kathryn is a wonderful storyteller, and this is apparent from the very first page. There's so much description throughout the entire story, detailing the stones that Ms. Virginia Bean is given, as well as the environments where Virginia lives. Virginia is a character who is very easy to relate to. The story is very fast paced, with absolutely no superfluous details at all. It's a very easy read, with really applicable lessons to the reader. I have to compare it to a condensed, simplified version of The Shack by William P. Young. What I Didn't Like: Nothing to complain about here. My Overall Review: It's not always easy to see how spiritual truths can actually apply in real life. Ms. Virginia Bean seamlessly combines the two as she converses with God and then goes out and lives her life. There is so much to take from this book; as Angel Shannon says in the Forward, "You will definitely read this book more than once." Despite the fact that it is short and easy to re-read, it is also easy to remember the lessons learned. There's even a short little recap about the lessons taught with each stone at the end of the book. If you are wanting a book that is fictional and instructive at the same time, this is a great book; for you I'd bump it to a 5-star. As for my personal opinion, it was really good, but not quite a 5-star to me. Disclaimer: This book was provided for me by the author at no charge, nor was I given compensation of any kind for this review. This review only reflects my personal opinion.
Gotenenvoy More than 1 year ago
Conquering Your Goliaths is a delightful story of Ms Virginia Bean from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She feels that in the thirty five years of her existence, life has past her by. Single and stuck in a repetitive job of quality control in a doughnut factory, Virginia feels empty. After working at the factory of Regal Doughnuts for ten years Virginia’s life has a dramatic change. The factory closes and relocates to New York. Not wanting to leave her birthplace Virginia seeks out a new job. What she finds is totally unexpected and unique. She attends an interview at the Western Falls bottled water company where she’s introduced to a Mr Spurt. The interview is like none other she has ever had. Mr Spurt introduces her to five stones: Listening, Trust, Optimism, Tenacity and Constancy. What Virginia discovers about Mr Spurt and the stones is a way of coping with the rigors of life. Mr Spurt talks about the “Goliaths” that life throws in front of people as they journey from the cradle to the grave. Virginia, by taking possession of the stones, discovers true knowledge about herself and her relationship with God. A partner, Paul, is found by Virginia in a short relationship. During that relationship Virginia has her faith in God severely tested. But by staying true to the philosophy of the stones she emerges a stronger well rounded person. The author has used a very clever technique with the stones to lead the reader to discover what it means to be a person of faith. To have faith one must embrace the properties of the five stones in the story. Goliaths will always try and destroy one’s faith by derailing the trust one has with one’s faith. It’s up to each individual to conquer their Goliaths by staying true to the properties of the five stones. I found the book quite enjoyable and took delight in the banter between Mr Spurt and Virginia. The writing style is relaxed and does not hit the reader over the head with ideology. Although a tale of fiction the theme behind the book is quite serious. More than ever people today require faith to sustain them and give them a moral grounding for their mental well-being. The detailed points at the end of the book about, Listening, Trust, Optimism, Tenacity and Constancy were excellent. Reading them raised my thoughts to a positive outlook. The meaning of each stone makes one think deeply about our commitment to others in our lives. This is an uplifting book that I would recommend to readers of all ages.