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A Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    I love this devotional!

    Hey Guys! So, I LOVE "The Hobbit," and J. R. R. Tolkien. I was looking for a new devotional, and I fell in love with this one the moment I saw it. It has 60 devotions, which makes about 2 months worth of devotions. The devotions start out with a quote from "The Hobbit," and then the author goes on to talk a little about the situation, and then he relates it to our lives and God. It is so good, and it really makes you realize how we are on a quest, just like Bilbo was. The author really has a good knowledge of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, and did a wonderful job on the devotions. I really, highly recommend it if you love J. R. R. Tolkien's works. May God bless you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

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    For all you J.R.R. Tolkien fans and Christians looking for a gre

    For all you J.R.R. Tolkien fans and Christians looking for a great new devotional just in time with the release of the movie, The Hobbit, comes Ed Strauss' The Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible. I was so thrilled to see what this book would contain, I knew I had to review it. Being a Christian, I was more than excited to see how chapters of the book The Hobbit would be blended together in 60 different devotional lessons that could be completed once a week.

    Each devotion begins with a reading from a chapter in the Hobbit and ties in such great teaching with the Bible such as one such lesson on wisdom. In the book, the Hobbit, the elves are the race of beings that the Hobbits or even Gandalf will consult because they are basically immortal, so their wisdom comes from being around so long and their life experience. The devotion picks up and tells the reader how wise it is to use the sage wisdom that comes from parents and grandparents not because things are so different between their time and ours, but because they have been seasoned by life's experiences. It teaches us that not everything is so easily learned in our age of technology.

    Sound scripture from the Bible accompanies each chapter, story and shows how in our current lives these lessons are still vital to the Christian walk. One such chapter "Checking Things Out" deals with the secrets hiding within the caves from the Hobbits and how vital it was for the party to thoroughly search the cave before deciding to stay the night. One never knew if there was danger lurking nearby or perhaps a trap set, and one time the dwarves Kili and Filir reported back they had found the perfect dry cave. Even Gandalf himself searched the cave and was assured they were good for the night. Suddenly in the middle of the night, goblins rushed out and seized the travelers and their ponies and vanished back inside the mountain.

    The lesson goes on to teach how easy it is to be fooled by our present day circumstances, while some are easy to see others are difficult to expose. Con artists lurk not only in the financial world but also in religious settings. Jesus likened these deceivers to wolves in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15) and Paul cautioned Christians not to be "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." The lesson goes on to warn the readers that some traps are capable of fooling even the veterans and we have an obligation to warn others to watch out for it.

    This book is filled with great lessons for the die hard Hobbit or J.R.R. Tolkien fan and is bound to be a great discussion point for youth group and church leaders as well as we near the release date of the Hobbit on the big screen. This book is bound to make learning from the Bible fun in a completely new way and makes the life lessons more relevant when you can relate them back to not only the story of the Hobbit but back to the Bible as well.

    I received The Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and The Bible by Ed Strauss compliments of Barbour Publishing and Net Galley for my honest review. My entire family have had so much fun sharing biblical insights along with our love for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as the Hobbit and I can easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats from your favorite book retailer.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    As a Christian I was interested in how The Hobbit's devotional

    As a Christian I was interested in how The Hobbit's devotional lessons and the Bible complemented each other. Books are great teaching tools and this is a great book to begin discussions on Biblical behavior. I was able to get something out of each devotion that could be applied to situations in my life.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

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    Highly recommend this book

    The books is about The Hobbit, but is used in such a way that it refers to the Bible and states scripture alone the way. You can use it as a fun way to get your children to sit and listen as you read and do so each day. This will get them interested into what the Bible says and one of their favorite books relates to it. Even all of adults that always loved to read "The Hobbit" books will find this one interested.

    A new movie is coming out about "The Hobbit" and this book came out just in time for you to read it and then when you see the movie you and your children will be able to relate the sceanes back to the Bible.

    A great book and I want to thank the author and Barbour Publishing for sending me this printed book in order for me to do this review. Go out now and buy a copy or order one online from one of the great books stores.

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