Conquering Your Goliaths: Guidebook

Life isn’t all about learning, it’s about deliberate action and this guidebook helps you to do that. ACT. I often tell my writing clients that writing is more than just getting the words on paper; it’s inspiring others to travel beyond the reading.

And the same is true for you. Conquering your Goliaths isn’t just about a powerful, feel good story, it’s about taking your
journey to the next level; the level of doing.

In this guidebook, hands-on growth experiences are offered; from writing experiences, to going out into the community, to opportunities for change through prayer and communion with God. The guidebook can be used in one of three ways; (1) as a guidebook to be read and applied alone, (2) in a class situation created by the individual as an opportunity to share, or (3) as a tool in an Idea Creation Workshop offered by Kathryn Jones. In her 2 day workshop, “Conquering your Goliaths using the Five Stones,” opportunities for growth give participants opportunities to learn, apply and share the skills they’re taught.
Some thoughts to consider before beginning the guidebook:

  • Change hurts. It isn’t easy to take on new thought patterns or actions. It’s much easier to stay where you are.
  • The purpose of the Five Stones is not to change the good you already have within you; but rather, to expand the good in who you are.
  • Conquering your Goliaths is about meeting and conquering all that life has to offer. It’s also about a positive life-change and better communication with God.
It is recommended that “Conquering your Goliaths” be read before conquering the guidebook. In the story, all of the five stones are unveiled and the reader is able to think about the five stones as they relate to his/her life.


Things are not always as they appear.

In the beginning of the story, Ms. Virginia Bean confronts a few strange things that she can’t explain:

A business that suddenly closes down and moves to another city.
  • A strange interview; a man with a strange name.
  • Another man wearing a flannel shirt and long brown corduroys even though it is summer.
  • Voices that sound like water.
  • A bell that sounds like a trumpet.
  • A door without a door knob.
  • A smooth, white stone with silver veins that speaks.
? Anything else I haven’t mentioned that seems “strange” to you in the prologue? Record your thoughts here:

In life, losing a job isn’t always as it appears. If a business moves to another city and we don’t want to move with it, we have the opportunity to try something new—perhaps something even better. A lost job is an opportunity for positive change.

People are not always as they appear. Perhaps the person has a strange name, dresses or speaks funny; we would be grateful to see beyond the outward appearance and begin to look into the heart.

Symbolism is a powerful tool found in the scriptures as well as in art. The trumpet spoken of in the Bible usually speaks of the coming of the Lord in the last days. When will the Lord come? None of us knows; what I know is that he can come to us in spirit early on if we invite him into our lives. Which brings us to this; there is a painting with the Lord standing on one side of a door. On his side there is no door knob. My favorite depiction of Christ at the door is painted by Warner E. Sallman, born in Chicago in 1892. It strikes a particular loving chord within me, perhaps because I knew the painting as a child.

? What does the lack of a doorknob represent in your life?


Write a letter to your hero. In it, tell your hero what you about love him/her. Make mention of the qualities of your hero and how these qualities have helped you in your life. Don’t hold anything back. Make sure the letter is written with your entire heart and mind. Spend at least 5 minutes on this writing assignment without looking ahead to other chapters or pages in the workbook.

Dear ________________________,