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 non-fiction book, Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life), releases September 2016 from Abingdon Press. Her novella, Red Pen Redemption is an historical Christmas adventure. Lori lives with her husband of over 28 years in Rhode Island.Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, she 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.
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 non-fiction book, Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life), releases September 2016 from Abingdon Press. Lori’s blog has a modest but faithful daily readership and yet, in 2015 it was named one of the Top 100 Christian Blogs and a single post was viewed over 2 million times, another went viral on Facebook. Lori has published newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and plays. Her novels, short stories, and Bible studies have won several awards. Besides degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori earned her Masters in motherhood homeschooling her two children through graduation. Now, she draws energy from helping writers find their voice and see God’s vision for their work. In her day job, Lori writes the stories of real families in crisis so others see their strengths and values, not just their problems. You’ll find Lori at her website www.loriroeleveld.com or on her front porch writing. If not, know she’s 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 addictive and exciting. I believe Christians can become too comfortable and we not only need to be disturbed into adventure, we benefit from it.
When I was still a young child, I responded to an altar call during a televised Billy Graham Crusade. I “went forward” in front of our black-and-white television, knelt down as they sang, “Just as I am” and began a relationship with Jesus Christ. I have been a Jesus lover since that day and will enjoy Him for eternity.
Growing up: I grew up much like every other kid in the sixties and seventies learning who I was against a backdrop of social change and family turmoil. There were a myriad of places a kid could turn to find herself in those days. Providentially, I turned to Jesus. I spent hours alone riding my bike around my small, rural town with a Bible, a hymnal, and a notebook in the wicker basket attached to the handlebars. While others were tuning in and dropping out, I was studying God’s word and learning to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. So, I was a totally unpopular, chubby, smart, Jesus freak, geek girl but it worked out well for me in the end.
What I did when I grew up: I studied Psychology and Biblical Studies at Barrington College (a small Christian college in RI, now merged with Gordon College in MA). I served the Lord for one summer missions trip in Japan where it was widely agreed that God was NOT calling me into foreign missions. I still tried hard to leave Rhode Island but the Lord had other plans.
I worked for years at runaway shelters and group homes until I married Rob. Then, I stayed home to raise free-range Christian children. God blessed me with two: Zack and Hannah. We homeschooled them through high school and both are young adults. Hannah recently married a wonderful young man we love named Andrew and Zack works in both construction and as a DJ. Rob and I are in our third decade of marriage. He’s my soul mate although that doesn’t necessarily play out as peacefully and harmoniously on a daily basis as you would think.
While I was homeschooling, I also taught women’s church and community Bible studies, led youth groups and taught high school Sunday school. I played guitar on worship teams and earned a black belt in karate while leading a Bible study for black belt women. Currently, I work a day job as a Wraparound Facilitator in a program designed for struggling families. I live across the street from where I grew up in a home my husband is redeeming from condemnation. I’m adapting to mothering adults. My husband and I are active in our small town church.