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Hobbits, elves, and dragons have become common fantasy characters but do they have more relevance to your life than you think? Are they as real as, or the same as, people you meet every day? Maybe not literally, but J.R.R. Tolkien's famous characters bring to life real character qualities we all can learn from, whether good or bad. What can the bravery of a hobbit, the faiHobbits, elves, and dragons have become common fantasy characters but do they have more relevance to your life than you think? Are they as real as, or the same as, people you meet every day? Maybe not literally, but J.R.R. Tolkien's famous characters bring to life real character qualities we all can learn from, whether good or bad. What can the bravery of a hobbit, the faith of a elf, or the greed of a dragon teach teens about themselves? How can their stories lead us to the real Kingdom where God is working out way more than a fantasy for his people? Dig in to these familiar characters and relevant Bible passages to find out. Come out understanding how to live your own epic story!...

Title : Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World
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ISBN : 9781938499913
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Number of Pages : 114 Pages
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Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World Reviews

  • Meghan
    2019-03-17 15:29

    This book caught my attention because it combines both Lord of the Rings (one of my favorite trilogies) with the teachings of the Bible to help teenagers learn to live a life that Jesus would be proud of. The author painstakingly compares different beloved characters from LotR with people from the Bible, telling a story from both, then asking questions to help the reader take a deep look at the life they are living. As you go through the book, you are reminded of why you loved the characters in the books so much and find yourself looking at them in a new and unique way, especially when you remember that J.R.R. Tolkien was a deeply religious man himself.Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  • Bill
    2019-03-11 18:36

    Superficial, flippant and contrived character sketches from The Lord of the Rings used as illustrations for superficial moral lessons for teenagers. Lots of bible passages and "you can be like Moses who is like Aragorn" etc, but no reminder of what Jesus has done (i.e. the gospel) that makes it possible to follow and obey him.

  • Penny
    2019-02-21 16:39

    I think this is a great book, especially for teens going through those awkward years, or suffering from bullying! I encouraged my own children (19 & 16) to read it.

  • Debbie Phillips
    2019-02-23 13:55

    I loved it. I love this devotional, it incorporates a favorite books.Spiritually uplifting. Great food for thought. Brought up things I had never considered even with all the times I have watched the movies and read the books.Here is something I sometimes have problems with that was addressed in the book... "The best way to make any 'big picture' plan happen, as both Gandalf and Jesus know, is to equip and encourage as many people as possible to do the job well, not to boss people around and always be in charge." (location 285) "Sometimes, we need to step out of the way and let other people do it. That might even mean being happy when someone else becomes the hero in the end." (location 287)Oh so hard to do sometimes. Humility is hard work.So... I loved this book and recommend it to everyone.

  • Shannon McDermott
    2019-03-16 11:53

    If you are curious to know how Bard is like the Apostle Paul, or how Pippin is like the Apostle Peter, or Galadriel like Solomon – then I have the book for you.Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth is a devotional for teens written by Jill Richardson. Each chapter begins with a brief profile of one of Tolkien’s characters, including quotations from The Lord of the Rings, and then turns to a biblical personage (or, a handful of times, a biblical principle). Richardson draws parallels and lessons, and then leaves her young audience with discussion questions and words of practical application.This devotional is written in down-to-earth language and often leavened with humor; I always enjoyed the ‘Vital Stats’ section of each chapter. The parallels between the Bible and The Lord of the Rings were interesting, and I found Beorn’s and Smaug’s particularly illuminating.To her credit, Richardson goes beyond the standard biblical stories to the story of King Manasseh and to Ecclesiastes, one book of the Bible not often quoted to adolescents. I appreciated that there were several paragraphs of Scripture in each chapter, and not merely a handful of verses. Occasionally there were “author’s paraphrases” of Scripture, and I would have preferred if those had been actual quotations. It’s always better to let the Bible stand without abridgment, even when it is complex or difficult.Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth is a devotional, and naturally it doesn’t have the ‘meat’ of a theology book. But it is an insightful and easy read, successfully combining a fun look at Lord of the Rings with a profitable look at Scripture. Recommended for anyone, but especially any teen, who enjoys fantasy and is interested in the Bible.I received a review copy of this book from the author.

  • Teena Stewart
    2019-03-10 18:56

    Jill Richardson pulls from J. R. R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit to present Christian principles. Each chapter focuses on a different character in the book, along with their strength's and weaknesses. Richardson overlays this with with clever tie ins to biblical characters, and their spiritual journey. She includes questions at the end which could be used for personal reflection or for group Bible study. The casual voice and simple presentation seems to have a style that would suit teens well. The book would work best as a supplement after reading the Hobbit. I praise Richardson for this unique and original study. I think this book would be a great tool for youth leaders to use with their groups.

  • Lelia Rose
    2019-02-25 16:56

    I really enjoyed this devotional, even though I did not know it was a devotional until I got it in the mail. I normally don't care much for devotionals, but this one spoke to me. I think all fans of the Hobbit book or the hobbit movies will get a kick out of the irreverent analyses of the different characters and how you can see characters like them in Scripture. I would be careful about who I hand the books to as many people cannot tolerate fantasy. But if you know a young fan or the hobbit book or movies, the short chapters and pithy, sarcastic writing should draw them in, and they will learn much they may not have thought much about. Oh, I need to buy another one for the other grandson.

  • Kelsie
    2019-03-15 16:28

    I have drawn connections between the world of Tolkein and the Bible on my own before. What I haven't had is a study guide that draws the comparisons and provides humor and scriptural references all in one convenient and well-written location. I completely ADORED this book and my only suggestion would be to have this physically published everywhere. :) A great Christian (or non-Christian) read.

  • Mary
    2019-03-16 17:54

    Awesome book that pulls you in and makes you think. If you are a fan of Hobbits, you gain insight into them, the bible and yourself. Organized into small chapters, read as much or as little as you like.

  • Regina Ivey
    2019-02-17 16:55

    AwesomeVery interesting reading. Enjoyed. Will highly recommend to family and friends. It brings a new prospective to the LOTR series.

  • Catherine Hackman
    2019-03-05 16:51

    Great devotional for families with teens or youth leaders.

  • Julie McGaffey
    2019-03-18 19:30

    So good, I love the LOTR series, and this book just helped be grow in my faith and relationship with God, while learning new things about the characters.

  • Wiktoria
    2019-03-10 12:35

    The characters of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" and their Bible counterparts - sometimes the comparisons are too stretched, but on the whole, a nice read for Christian Tolkien fans.