[KINDLE] Finding God in the Hobbit ¼ Jim Ware – thetributepages.co.uk
God can and does find us almost anywhere that He seeks us in the most unlikely places and draws us to Himself even when we re not looking for Him A competent review of how a Christian reader may find divine content in J R R Tolkien s famous book Basically a Christian commentary on the text by topic not page by page The world is a bigger place than I realized Gandalf I see now that it contains many things beyond the rasp of my puny imagination Gandalf laughed If that is your view then I would suggest that your imagination is keener and far reaching than most JRRTWell done if not earthshaking Follows the pattern established by Ware and Kurt Bruner in their Finding God in the Lord of the Rings God meets us not through concepts curricula or catechisms but in that miraculous place where the Word becomes Flesh the place where we like the fishermen of Galilee suddenly find ourselves swept up into the plot of the Understanding Women greatest Story of all With The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings being re introduced to young and old Finding God in the Hobbit is an allegorical reflection of Middle Earth and how like Bilbo Baggins finds himself an ordinary hobbit caught up in extraordinary events so the same with God at work sometimes in the forefront and sometimes behind the scenes in our livesUsing passages from The Hobbit and Bible Jim Ware compares the two along with what we can take in our own lives not just from Bilbo Baggins but what the Bible has to offer in its own stories of ordinary people often used in extraordinary waysSharing bits of triva not only about The Hobbit but also about Tolkien Jim Ware really interweaves what readers can take from enjoying not just a timeless book like the Bible but even that of The HobbitWhat Jim Ware attempts and manages to convey throughout the book is how even in an exuisite tale like The Hobbit we can find hints of the major themes of God s work woven throughout tales of faithrace redemption and hope The book Finding God in the Hobbit is overall a short and easy read at 168 pages Filled with allegorical interpretations and ruminations based on both The Hobbit and the Bible Finding God in the Hobbit really helps take reading the book The Hobbit to a diferent level In addition Jim Ware s work brings out the themes that Tolkien s background as a Roman Catholic his blending "of Celtic Anglo and Old Norse mythology that can be seen throughout the The Hobbit and "Celtic Anglo and Old Norse mythology that can be seen throughout the The Hobbit and rest of the triologyAs a fan of Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings books Finding God in the Hobbit was a joy to read not only because of the loved passages that are included throughout the book but for the underlying Christian themes that though it wasn t the intent of the books when they were written can clearly be seen and recognized in the archetypes that are presented throughout the books I always found that The Hobbit was the least ood work of JRR Tolkien s books I saw it as a children s book and not uite exciting if you compare it to Lord Of The Rings The Silmarillion or other Tolkien s publications But when you read Ware s book you can find that Tolkien never wrote just to be published or to sell his books He always had a lesson to teachEven though that I found it sometimes exaggerating and I couldn t find it really reliable between religion and The Hobbit story but what I loved the most about the book Finding God in the Hobbit is how the author could learn something with each word of the story And actually it changed my opinion about The Hobbit It s just like showing us that we choose how to understand a book But most of all that Tolkien is still amazing us Worth re reading Dreams fears pleasures laughter God s unexpected intervention endurance tried patience kindness and dependence on God continually weave together to shape our lives through them we learn dependence on God which should prevail despite any circumstances Bilbo s adventure in Middle Earth is no exception and his journey is Jim Ware s illustration of the latterIn the prologue the author explains that this book is the result of his own reflections on The Hobbit which eventually took him back to God the one who has made his life meaningful by iving it a purpose just as Bilbo s life through the fulfillment of his purpose found its true meaningThe chapters have a simple and straightforward format First there is an extract from The Hobbit which is followed by an analytical description of the approach and attitude towards God that can be found in several people in the Bible As a valuable token each chapter is closed with a simple and deep statement that summarizes the spiritual lesson we can learn from Bilbo s own pathDespite the simplicity of the format With a simple hobbit in a simple hobbit hole J R R Tolkien opened the window on a whole new world that has captured the imaginations of millions But The Hobbit now a major motion picture is far than oblin attacks dragon 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narrow view of kind of music or literature is acceptable that even something like Tolkien s work falls short of their exacting standards 1 At any rate this delightful little book keeps the sermonizing to a minimum but manages to draw wonderful lessons from the events and characters of the Hobbit pointing out what should be fairly obvious to anyone who has read the Lord of the Rings and definitely anyone who saw the film adaptations of the book 2 which makes obvious what Tolkien wrote subtly as is often the case with films in eneralIn terms of its contents this book contains about twenty short chapters that uote and refer to various aspects of The Hobbit and draw Christian insights from them These chapters are examined in chronological order and demonstrate that for the characters as is true also in our own lives that we are a part of matters much larger our own lives alone and that we were created for adventure even if we live most of our lives in fairly mundane existence With its combination of biographical and autobiographical materials its worthwhile scriptural exegesis and its skillful literary analysis this book makes for a handy source of worthwhile material for those who feel the need to justify reading fantasy literature to themselves if they are the sort of people who make pretensions to serious reading or to others who uestion the moral and spiritual value of such The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, genre fiction of a potentially disreputable sort with the hints of magic At any rate if that sort of justification is necessary this book is easy to read and part of a series that deals with related books so it is not hard to find or to appropriate for one s purposes Besides being a practical book for those who feel it necessary to defend their reading choices in the fantasyenre this book is a joy to read andA Narrow View Of
also full of thought provoking material For example the author has this to say about dreams Tofull of thought provoking material For example the author has this to say about dreams To Perchance to dreamAy there s the rub indeed For dreams can shatter restful comfortable slumber And the ramifications of a dream come true aren t always what you had expected Hopes and longings nurtured in the secret darkness having a way of taking on a different shape in daylight of reality 3 This is spoken like someone who knows The author also uotes a few scriptures to defend those who are thought of as a bit Inverloch Volume 4 grim and skeptical of rose colored visions of alorious future The author comments on the nuance of how God operates with mankind and also very intelligently on the way that our creations springing as they do out of our own hearts and minds reveal our beliefs and practices our experiences our hopes and fears our worldviews even if we are not writing allegories consciously This is a book that is small in size but full of worth1 See for example2 See for example Finding God in the HobbitJim WarePublicity Summary With a simple hobbit in a simple hobbit hole Tolkien opened the window on a whole new world that has captured millions of imaginations and changed the face of literature forever But this story of unexpected adventure is far than oblin attacks dragon hoards and riddles in the dark It s a journey that changes a simple hobbit named Bilbo and us along the way Ware coauthor of Finding God in The Lord of the Rings once again unlocks the mysteries of Middle earth with insightful reflections on the scenes and characters of The Hobbit You ll discover the deep connections that link this fantasy world to our "OWN AND UNVEIL THE MYSTERIOUS WORKINGS "and unveil the mysterious workings the Author of the Tale in your own life Just as the very ordinary Bilbo Baggins was caught up in a web of momentous events beyond his understanding so you also are part of a larger story Travel to Middle earth to discover some ways in which God is still very much at work in our world and has a bigger purpose for you than you can ever imagineBook Review I enjoyed learning of JRR Tolkien s faith and history That his world view was so engaged in the Word of God is what separates his writing from purely allegory I found myself really thinking about this during the book Mr Tolkien s mind set was so centered on Christ that he never ave a thought to imposing it on his books it just was him I enjoyed the over view tour of the Hobbit It brought back memories of my first encounter with this story Going back and forth between the book and the man was engrossing I am very lad that I had the opportunity to spend time with this book It was well worth itI would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. On scenes and characters from Tolkien's classic And as you travel through Middle earth you'll start to discover some ways in which God is still very much at work in our world and how he has a bigger purpose for you than you can ever imagin. He deep and transcendental insights of each chapter are worthy to "be savored slowly even than once This is one of the few books that have stirred in me the wish to "savored slowly even than once This is one of the few books that have stirred in me the wish to chapters and paragraphs
even sentencesMoreover the richness of the words Mr Ware uses is rarely found in today s popular literature makingsentencesMoreover the richness of the words Mr Ware uses is rarely found in today s popular literature making a delightful read for anyone who appreciates the vast possibilities of a higher linguistic register Precisely because of this I would definitely recommend this book as a teaching tool in any literature or applied theology class it is well worth the experience Besides this his numerous end notes and bibliography will prove to be ood references I can also picture this book being used as a devotional particularly by those who like Tolkien or this kind of storiesAnd just like the author himself states this book describes a journey of spiritual discovery but is not the decisive authority on the matter very probably the reason why Bible uotes and principles are present throughout the book It is his way of writing about how the reat Author of life is always shaping our pathI received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review This has not biased my opinionComment Comment Permalink I loved this in depth look at the Christian themes found in the Hobbit Tolkien is one of my top three favorite authors so I was hanging on every wordThe author takes various characters events dialogue and plot points from the Hobbit and then uses them to illustrate a Biblical truth He really brought forth some excellent points that I had never thought of before I loved how the author worked around a principle and showed you all the facets and different sides and then hammered it home simply and concisely I loved the forceful writing styleI wish that there had been literary analysis though It read like a devotional book with personal stories nuggets of wisdom and a thought for the day kind of moral at the end of each chapter I liked that but I was hoping for analysis of literary history fairytale story structures classical writing influences Greek philosophy etcIn short I wanted it to be intellectual than it wasBut the devotional style of the book was ood too I enjoyed reading it so much and I was even brought to tears a couple of times Jim Ware provides fabulous insights and nuggets of wisdom that Christian readers can ain from Tolkien s classic The book examines a new uniue leaning in each chapter where Ware takes a fresh look at interesting details and critical points in the book through a biblical perspective sharing personal insights and fascinating facts that pull everything together into practical learning points for the reader and finally tying it all down with relevant scripture This book was a fun read and an interesting one with a very uniue intention as Ware sets out to show his readers not that there is an allegory of the ospel in the Hobbit which Tolkien though a Christian himself adamantly denied but that by light of the Gospel we may see shining biblical truths jump out at us from this well loved and adventuresome tale An enjoyable thought provoking book that I would describe as somewhere between a casual fireside chat with an old friend about the Hobbit and a singularly uniue Christian devotional which seeks to find limmers of biblical truth within Tolkien s adventures and maybe even some of our own as well Highly recommend What does Bilbo s awakening from his complacent comfort in the shire by a rowdy Every Boys Dream group ofreedy dwarves have to do with us What is our parallel to the ring he finds and can we relate to his dangerous uest Have you ever wondered what the deal was with the eagles that swoop in to periodically save the day They are Manwe s eagles couldn t they have just carried the ring to Mordor Well this amazing book will answer these and many other uestions as it walks through major points in the Hobbit and helps discuss Biblical themes It would definitely be helpful to be familiar with the Hobbit but he does a Starflight Zero great jobiving extended uotes
And Walking Through The Story So Youwalking through the story so you t need to read the two back to backI listened to the audiobook published by Christian Audio and Simon Vance is officially my favorite narrator I ve listened to many books read by him and he is fantastic This book is fairly slim coming in at around 200 relatively small pages if one includes its introduction Yet for its small size much like a hobbit in fact it is a worthwhile book in defending the worth of fantasy literature to a Christian audience Perhaps it is a bit sad that a book with such obvious themes of A Succession of Bad Days grace and divine providence would reuire justific. In the dark It's a journey that changes a simple hobbit named Bilbo and us along the wayIn Finding God in The Hobbit Jim Ware coauthor of the popular Finding God series unlocks the mysteries of Middle earth sharing insightful reflections.