Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life's Unexpected Journeys - eBook  -     By: Devin Brown
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781426778803
ISBN-13: 9781426778803
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Lessons on joy, friendship, dedication, sacrifice, and more will appeal to Hobbit fans, parents, teachers, librarians, graduates—and anyone looking for a creative way to explore timeless life lessons and important values of faith.

Millions of fans worldwide have been attracted to The Hobbit for its unique combination of high adventure and profound truths. Tapping the excitement around the highly-anticipated Hobbit movie trilogy, Tolkien-scholar, Devin Brown, now presents a fast-paced and easy-to-follow presentation of timeless spiritual messages to help navigate your journey. Peppered with illustrations throughout, Hobbit Lessons offers troll-sized portions of relevance and regular nuggets of good Hobbit sense. The result is a collection of tangible bites of wisdom that are not only deeply moving but also great fun.

Author Bio

Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and a Professor of English at Asbury University where he teaches a class on Lewis and Tolkien. He is the author of The Christian World of the Hobbit and Hobbit Lessons, both published by Abingdon Press. He has spoken at Lewis and Tolkien conferences in the UK and the U.S. Devin has published numerous essays on Lewis and Tolkien, including those written for CSLewis.com, ChristianityToday.com, SamaritansPurse.org, and BeliefNet.com. Devin earned a PhD at the University of South Carolina and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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    Life's real treasures are quite ordinary looking: how true, and how easy to forget. As someone who has just moved from Poland to the US, I appreciate how life's unexpected journeys can be both a blessing and a challenge. "Maybe you're leaving for a distant country," Brown begins in the Prologue. "Maybe you're undertaking a new challenge." You bet! Like Bilbo, I have missed more than one dinner and I miss my friends more than Bilbo aches for his brass buttons; at the same time, I also found out that getting out of the rut is liberating. The world can be wonderful if you trust the adventure. It will carry you like the road carried Bilbo.

    Hobbit Lessons is not a book about The Hobbit. It's Brown's personal reflection on what The Hobbit as well as The Lord of the Rings tell us about life as an adventure and about how to say yes to it. Brown weaves his reflection around six key themes (spread through 5 chapters and the epilogue) and shooting through them is Tolkien's great message: embrace the unexpected, welcome change, and be generous to others. Although each of the five chapters has its highlights, my particular favourite was "Have your friends' backs for someone has yours." Our adventures, Brown says, do not happen by accident and "knowing that someone has been and will always be there managing our adventures—frees us to help others" (57). Yes indeed. Like the work of Tolkien and many other fantasists, Brown's engaging "margin notes" remind us why we are here and what is really important. A quiet reflective read on hobbits, reading, and what helps us grow.
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