Finding God in the Hobbit 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

  • Title: Finding God in the Hobbit
  • Author: Jim Ware Kurt Bruner
  • ISBN: 9781414305967
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 goblin attacks, dragon hoards, and riddles in the dark It s a journey that changes a simple hobbit named Bilbo and us along the way.In Finding God in The Hobbit,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 goblin attacks, dragon hoards, and riddles in the dark It s a journey that changes a simple hobbit named Bilbo and us along the way.In Finding God in The Hobbit, Jim Ware, coauthor of the popular Finding God series, unlocks the mysteries of Middle earth, sharing insightful reflections 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 imagine.

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      Jim Ware is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and is now a writer living in Colorado Springs He is the author of several books, including the best selling Finding God in the Lord of the Rings with Kurt Bruner , as well as numerous books for children.

    2 thoughts on “Finding God in the Hobbit

    1. 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 word.The 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 [...]

    2. I've read a previous book by this author, "finding God in Narnia", between the two I think I preferred that one. That doesn't mean this is a bad book, I just feel that this one has more stretches in it.The book takes different parts of the classic "the hobbit", it shows different areas that show Christian believes. I think some of them make good sense, and I can see where the Hobbit shows it's Christian influence, but at other times I feel like it's missing a mark.If you like this authors work, [...]

    3. 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 lives.Using 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, [...]

    4. This book is like a Hobbit, small and full of unexpected wisdom. Jim Ware shows us things in Tolkiens books that I never would have seen. Let us start with something Tolkien was very familiar with, something we see often in the adventures of Bilbo and Frodo, something that enriches my world here having met it there in Middle Earth. It is the Eucatastrophe, or good catastrophe. A eucatastrophe is defined as "rather than an invasion of sorrow it is the surprise of joy bursting onto a seemingly hop [...]

    5. 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 grace and divine providence would require justification, but there are plenty of people who have such a narrow view of what kind of music or literature is acceptable that even someth [...]

    6. 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 latter.In the prologue, the author explains that this book is the result of his own reflections on "The Hobbit," which eventually took h [...]

    7. 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 more than goblin 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 [...]

    8. For the full review and other book reviews please visit my blog. Thanks!To be honest, this book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be. With a title like Finding God in the Hobbit, I would imagine it to be an analysis of the story and how that exemplifies the various points of a Christian worldview. For example, Ware does do this a little bit in his discussion of how we can accept a story featuring a wizard since, seemingly, this is banned in the Bible. However, this book is more reflective and [...]

    9. Yes I have been reading a lot of books about The Hobbit. Yes, it is because of the Movie. I must thank all the publishers for putting out books to catch the Movie wave.Finding God in the Hobbit reads like a devotional. It does cover several deep topics at times, but each chapter was too short to do some of the topics justice.Each chapter follows this structure: First an extensive (a few pages) quoting from The Hobbit. Then, an explanation of whatever that passage is supposed to signify, with lot [...]

    10. When ChristianAudio offered me the opportunity to review Finding God in the Hobbit, I nearly declined. I’m not a particularly big fan of this type of work. After reading the book, I have to say that, in general, I am still not a fan of this kind of book. However, there are certainly things about this book that made it nice to read. Jim Ware has clearly put a lot of thought into Tolkien’s works, and has done a good job of finding important moral principles in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings [...]

    11. "A tender heart is a marvelously impractical thing." pg. 55Have you read and enjoyed "The Hobbit"? Did you wonder at the spiritual themes presented? In this book, Jim Ware explores the spiritual side to "The Hobbit" and how it can apply to your life."The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkein is the beloved tale of Bilbo Baggins and his steps of faith in his adventure. Tolkein was a Christian who could spin a wonderful tale and interweave spiritual principles. As Jim Ware writes the chapters in this book, th [...]

    12. Remember how Christians tie in everything they can to get people to read books? Jim Ware is good at this as far as Tolkien is concerned.He wrote a book called Finding God in The Lord of the Rings so it makes sense that he would have another one based on The Hobbit. And that publishers would want to push this book with the movie releasing.Ware gives us a nice, small hardback book with twenty chapters. But don't let that number scare you, this book is like the God-cliffnotes for anyone interested. [...]

    13. Not especially enlightening. It draws Christian life lessons from Hobbit and quotes Bible verses. Each chapter starts with a lengthy, unnecessary paraphrase bordering on fan fiction. This book was disappointing, just like Finding God in the Lord of the Rings and Finding God in the Land of Narnia.NotesEnjoy the treasures of this life, but hold them lightly.In Tolkien, magic is bad when it uses external plans, devices (machines), and manipulation, and magic is good when it uses powers inherent in [...]

    14. Jim Ware: Finding God In the Hobbit, Tyndale House Publishers, ISBN 1-4143-0596-7When I received the opportunity to review this book for Tyndale House Publishers, I thought why not. As one who believes in the Prayer of Jabez - and I call it my prayer - I thought this would be a good way to enlarge my territories and broaden my horizons. Seeing as I have never read The Hobbit or been interested in such writings.Ware gives a very insightful analysis on a much-loved piece of literature by J.R.R. To [...]

    15. J. R. R. Tolkien often emphasized that he never intended to create an allegory with his stories. The fact remains that he did not. The fact also remains that Tolkien was in touch with the meta-narrative of our existence through his firm beliefs as a Roman Catholic. This meta-narrative, that of a clear divide between good and evil and redemption for all Creation through the graceful sacrifice of Jesus Christ informs much of what Tolkien writes in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.Jim Ware is f [...]

    16. I haven’t read The Hobbit since I was in junior/senior high, but I still remember how much I enjoyed it. With the upcoming release of the movie, I will be reading The Hobbit again with renewed interest. The difference this time is that I’ll be reading it with my daughter. It’s not a surprise that the publishers decided to re-release Finding God in the Hobbit to coincide with the release of the new movie as, just like myself, people will have a renewed interest in reading The Hobbit once ag [...]

    17. I thought Jim Ware did a very good job of weaving chapter by chapter the subtle truths of Tolkien's story with Biblical truths. I found his insight to have a certain depth that was very refreshing. The further along I read in the book, the more I began to respect the author's understanding, not only of Tolkien's writing and storytelling, but of the truths that were expressed so well by the author. Jim Ware has true faith and does a great job of expressing it through his comparisons with Tolkien' [...]

    18. The book is very well written and I think that Ware had some great points that he made, however I wish that he had gone more in depth with the Finding God in the Hobbit aspect. It seemed more like a recounting of parts of the story to refresh you on what is going on, then a brief section talking about it, and then a very small point about how it portrayed something about God. I loved the points that he made, I just wish that there had been some more depth to that aspect of the story.

    19. This book was an easy read, more like a long essay except I wish he used more sources, or had some interviews or proof of further research, much of his book seems to be the authors own thought and exploration searching for God. Which is fine but I guess I was expecting something more I guess I'd thought it would go deeper, it's a very good surface level book.

    20. This was at times a bit of a stretch. Do not approach this with the attitude one would have with the attitude one would take with, say, a CS Lewis work. Instead the author reads portions of the Hobbit then finds ways to relate it to parts of the old or New Testaments. May be a good work for those catholic school teachers who also teach literature.

    21. It had a few good insights, but in the end I found myself wishing I had just chosen to read the actual book, the Hobbit. It is a short read though, so not a bad choice if you really can't be satisfied with just reading the Hobbit.

    22. This book is full of wise words from The Hobbit and The Bible, and it relates one to the other.If you are a The Hobbit fan or even recently finished reading it then I recommend this book for you to read next.

    23. I read this book in just a few hours. There were some spiritual insights in it that I had never given a thought to. I am very glad that I read this book.

    24. "Finding God in the Hobbit" links scenes from the book and film "The Hobbit" to passages and people in the Bible. There's also a bit of information on Tolkein weaved throughout.

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