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Walking with Bilbo

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Tolkein¿s stories are so powerful.  It¿s no wonder that Sarah Ar

Tolkein’s stories are so powerful.  It’s no wonder that Sarah Arthur was able to write an entire book about Bilbo and how his adventure
relates to our Christian walk.  (She also wrote a devotional called Walking With Frodo that I’ll have to read!)  I could tell that he...
Tolkein’s stories are so powerful.  It’s no wonder that Sarah Arthur was able to write an entire book about Bilbo and how his adventure
relates to our Christian walk.  (She also wrote a devotional called Walking With Frodo that I’ll have to read!)  I could tell that her focus
audience is “youth”– junior high, high school, and college, as she often uses examples that would be a part of their lives (taking a test,
having a roommate, etc.)   I’m going to give the book to my son to read next, but I got a lot out of it as a 40-year-old!  It was fun to read
about some things in the stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and about Tolkein himself that I never knew before.

Here is how Walking With Bilbo is arranged:  There are 22 chapters; it would be good to read one chapter a day.  Each begins with a
quote from The Hobbit.  Then the chapter discusses that scene from the book and moves into how we can learn from it in our Christian
walk as Jesus’ disciples.  Sometimes she’ll compare some of the characters of The Hobbit to people in the Bible.  The chapter ends
with a Scripture verse, questions to answer called “Going Further,” and several Scripture passages to look up in the Bible.  One thing
that’s neat about the way she arranged the devotional is that it goes in order of the story of The Hobbit, so if you want to read both books
at the same time, it works out great.  The book also ends with a Quick Reference Guide Glossary of Terms to The Hobbit and The Lord of
the Rings, as well as footnotes.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Walking With Bilbo.
“So if you’re feeling a little unqualified lately, if you’re slightly queasy about the details of God’s classified ad, take heart.  Like Bilbo, you’ve
 been called for a reason.  The job of following Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart; but God never would call you if he didn’t plan to strengthen
 your heart along the way.”
“It’s not that he [Bilbo] has become something other than his true character; it’s that he has become the hobbit he was always meant to
be. . . .When we surrender our very selves to Christ and embark on the adventure of faith, we become more the unique person we were
always created to be, not less.”

I have a feeling that Sarah Arthur is as excited as I am of the movie coming out next week, perhaps more so because she has immersed
herself in Tolkein’s books at a far deeper level than I have.  If you are a Middle-Earth lover, and a believer in Jesus Christ (as Tolkein was)
 then Walking With Bilbo is a book you will get a lot out of. 

(Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my
own.)

posted by IChooseJoyNow on December 5, 2012

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1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

IChooseJoyNow summed up the entire book in her "review"

IChooseJoyNow summed up the entire book in her "review". No need to read the book now!! One or 2 lines should be the limit for leaving reviews, then nobody can leave their LONG winded babble and wreck books for people!!!

posted by 7727777 on December 14, 2012

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Walking with Bilbo was a fun way to combine a great story with B

    Walking with Bilbo was a fun way to combine a great story with Biblical teaching. I am not normally a fan of watering down biblical teaching, but if you are looking for a way to get a non-scholarly christian to study more... this is the way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    I think I liked Ed Strauss¿ ¿Hobbit Devotional¿ better, but this

    I think I liked Ed Strauss’ “Hobbit Devotional” better, but this one was also an excellent read and very enjoyable. Each chapter will take you 5-15 minutes to read (depending on how fast of a reader you are), and includes a bit of “Hobbit” story in (naturally) chronological order. After the story part, it goes on to an application, some questions to consider, and five or more Bible passages related to the topic. There are a total of 22 chapters. The questions are amazing (they WILL leave you thinking!). Chapter titles include (among others) “Plans Go Astray,” “Help Un-Looked For,” “Stick to the Path,” “True Identity,” and “Where Your Treasure Is.” The book is full of excellent writing, and I would certainly recommend it for “Hobbit” fans of both the movie and the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    t has been years since I read "The Hobbit," and I did

    t has been years since I read "The Hobbit," and I did read most of the "Lord of the Rings" series in addition to seeing the trilogy of films. I knew that there was a spiritual significance in Tokien's books, but I sometimes have struggled to find it. I was excited to get the chance to read through this devotional.

    While I believe that the author's intentions were fantastic, I think she may have either bitten off a little more than she could chew or tried to do what Tolkien never intended. Don't get me wrong-the devotional is fine. She has a quick chapter for different sections of Bilbo's journeys. She carries the theme through well and always backs it up with Scripture. You can also dig deeper with her thought-provoking questions and Bible readings. I just felt that it kind of missed the mark. I would have preferred a series of devotionals that dealt with just one of the books in the series. And I would have even preferred using this as a companion read to Tolkien's original texts. But for the true "Tolkien" fanatics, this is a pretty good read.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    unique devotional

    A unique devotional integrating the Gospel with the spiritual wisdom of Tolkein's Catholic Christian worldview, as reflected in the adventures of his most famous Hobbit. Each chapter includes insightful questions for self-exploration, as well as several relevant Scriptural citations (both Old and New Testaments.) I think this little volume will be a pleasure to experience and revisit again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Good

    Pretty good

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