Shane Stanford and R. Brad Martin frame their powerful book on one of the most well-known and well-loved stories in history: David and Goliath. We all feel like the seemingly powerless, scrawny boy David sometimes. And we all must face “giants”—those challenges that threaten to overwhelm us in ministry, work-life, and in our personal lives.
Five Stones is a series of clear and compelling lessons. Each lesson arms the reader with practical and powerful tools of self-discovery, so that the reader’s own liabilities, opportunities, convictions, and capabilities are revealed. Like modern-day Davids, readers will leave this book empowered to conquer challenges, in ministry and in life, with clear-eyed confidence and well-grounded hope.
Shane and Brad have written an inspiring and practical book for anyone battling giants in their life or organization.
Preacher, National Prayer Service- 2012 Presidential Inauguration
There is no better way to learn and grow than from storytelling and life experiences. Five Stones provides both and is a unique blend of biblical and personal stories about giants we all have or will probably confront and how to handle them successfully. A must read written by two outstanding leaders.
Using the age old story of David and Goliath as a conceptual platform, Brad Martin and Reverend Shane Stanford's uplifting and pragmatic new work, Five Stones, reveals a clear, direct and boldly insightful look into the face of life’s difficulties, and provides a scripture-based “training guide,” to help people from all walks of life take on and vanquish their own “giants” of adversity and struggle.
Having personally known and been inspired by Shane Stanford for twenty years, I am familiar with some of the giants he has faced in his life and ministry. With keen insights, personal experiences, and spiritual depth, he and Brad Martin have crafted a helpful resource for all of us. Building on basic principles through devotional time and discipline, this book will be a valuable guide for facing and defeating the “giants” of our lives.
A towering guide to life’s biggest challenges, with an inspiring solution to turn any adversity into opportunity.
The collaboration of two exceptional leaders, Shane Stanford and Brad Martin, to develop Five Stones shows their deep commitment to their faith and their desire to help others navigate their lives. The story of David and Goliath plays out daily for each of us and Shane and Brad's work provides a framework for embracing those encounters.
Brad Martin and Shane Stanford have partnered to create a great work of compassion, counsel, faith and action. Read this book and you will realize that you have experienced a training manual for a spiritual boot camp! It will touch your heart, stimulate your mind, and re-shape your soul. If this is your only read of the year, don’t miss this book!
The One-Minute Entrepreneur, and CEO of U. S. Learning, Memphis, TN
This is not just a leadership book. Certainly, It is that in an excellent way, but it is also far more. It is a book for everyone who needs help living in the daily grind. Both authors are personal friends who have contributed immensely to my own five smooth stones of life. This is not theoretical as is too much we are given to read. No abstractions here. The message of the Five Stones has been lived. What a delight it is to receive the same powerful guidance from a preacher and a layman! These men walk the talk and you will feel their heartbeat and passion for vibrant wholeness and life that really matters.
“Brad Martin and Shane Stanford are uniquely gifted and successful men and their insights and personal transparency in writing Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants they’ve provided a powerful guide that will encourage you, teach you and lift your spirit – it did mine!”
Chairman Emeritus of The LEDIC Management Group
A towering guide to life's biggest challenges, with an inspiring solution to turn any adversity into opportunity.
~ William C. Moyers, author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
Brad Martin and Shane Stanford have partnered to create a great work of compassion, counsel, faith, and action. Read this book and you will realize that you have experienced a training manual for spiritual boot camp! It will touch your head, stimulate your mind, and reshape your soul. If this is your only read of the year, don't miss this book! ~Don Hutson, co-author of the #1 New York Times Best-Seller The One- Minute Entrepreneur, and CEO of U.S. Learning
This collaboration of two exceptional leaders, Shane Stanford and Brad Martin shows their deep commitment to their faith and their desire to help others navigate their lives. The story of David and Goliath plays out daily for each of us, and Five Stones provides a framework for embracing those encounters. ~ Bill Rhodes, Chairman & CEO, AutoZone (a Fortune 500 Company)