The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth
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Number of Pages: 169
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Gospel According to
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Readers have repeatedly called The Lord of the Rings the most important book of our age--absorbing all 1,500 of its pages with an almost fanatical interest and seeing the Peter Jackson movies in unprecedented numbers. Readers from ages 8 to 80 keep turning to Tolkien because here, in this magical kingdom, they are immersed in depth after depth of significance and meaning--perceiving the Hope that can be found amidst despair, the Charity that overcomes vengeance, and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel According to Tolkien examines biblical and Christian themes that are found in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Follow Ralph Wood as he takes us through the theological depths of Tolkien's literary legacy.
cbcarter5 Stars Out Of 5excellent bookJune 2, 2015cbcarterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mr Wood does a masterful job of bringing out the elements of Christian faith that are woven through Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Very enlightening. Will make future viewings of the movies all the more interesting. At this price you have no excuse not to buy.
CassandraMaineAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 8, 2013CassandraMaineAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book! I already knew that Tolkien had included Christian elements in his writings, but I there were some mentioned in this book that I had not even thought of before. It was definitely worth reading.
SeamatronBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Unexpected GemApril 26, 2013SeamatronBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found this book both informative and entertaining. It is obvious the author has read all the Tolkien books and has many thoughtful insights to impart. I would have given the book a rating of 5 on all topics except I personally regard hardcovers as more sturdy (less likely the pages will fall out after repeated readings) than paperbacks so gave one less mark for the book on that point regarding "quality" - I have not had the book long.
BlessedNCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My friend loved her gift!January 24, 2013BlessedNCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I gave this as a birthday/Christmas gift to a friend who loves Tolkien.
Ed Whittenburg5 Stars Out Of 5January 27, 2004Ed WhittenburgThis is an insightful and engaging book that is very helpful as an interpretive guide to Tolkien's masterwork. It is of graduate school classroom caliber, but also accessible to the fan who understands there is more than just a great book or movie at work here. Themes of hope, love, friendship, courage, providence, grace, and redemption are covered. I found myself eagerly anticipating what each section of this book would cover, and enjoyed taking another look at the book. Though I have only read the Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings in the past year, I have come to understand why it is the most important book from the 20th Century. These volumes have now taken their place in humility next to the Bible as the most influential writings in my life. Their lessons are as applicable to everyday life now as they were 50 years ago. I am enjoying sharing these compelling stories with my children, and hope to share them someday with my grandchildren. I am currently trying to convince my wife, a high school English teacher, to set aside her preference for all things Shakespearean and begin her own mission...quest...thing.