First of all I enjoy the Hobbit immensely. The idea that God uses the small, seemingly weak things of the world to further the good He wants accomplished appeals to me. So when a devotional book came along that offered the opportunity to tag along with Bilbo I naturally volunteered to follow along.
Sometimes I see where Scripture applies, and sometimes I do not quite follow the reasoning. Still, the goal of spending time with the Word and applying it to every day life can be done using this book.
I am still reading the book devotionally.
I hope it continues to refer to both the Hobbit a little bit more while linking to Scripture.
Thankfully it was a good sale price here at Christian Book Distributors. I am grateful for the variety of products available here. You may find yourself challenged by this book, but then that may be part of its purpose.
This year I'm reading through several of the devotional eBooks I've collected as they've been offered for free. I don't have to review these; I received them with no strings attached. If I like them, though, I will. I really liked Walking with Bilbo by Sarah Arthur.
Arthur tells us up front that Tolkien didn't intend for his book, The Hobbit, to be a Christian allegory. Because he was a Christian, though, his book can't help but carry several Christian themes. Arthur's book picks up on these and helps her readers to understand them and apply them to their lives. The book contains twenty-two short devotionals. Each explores a portion of Tolkien's story, compares it to a passage from the Bible, gives the reader a list of questions to consider, and closes with a list of Bible verses to read for further insight.
This book was fun to read and easy to understand, yet its truths were valuable and practical for life. As I understand it, this book was written for teenagers, but I believe Christians of any age can glean worthwhile insights. I recommend Walking with Bilbo to Christian fans of Tolkien's works and to anyone looking to deepen their walk with Christ.
It 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.
I purchased this book for my ten-year-old avid reader who has been enjoying Tolkien recently. It was just what I was looking for. My daughter is able to access the underlying Christian parallels that Walking with Bilbo points out on her own and we can then have a meaningful conversation about it later. Well done.
Sarah Arthur provides readers a devotional book based on The Hobbit that originally released in 2005 and has returned to the presses. This book is designed to "walk" you through the spiritual aspects of The Hobbit as you read through the classic saga. WALKING WITH BILBO consists of 22 readings meant to be considered, one per day as they enhance your understanding of the story while simultaneously applying the practical principles to your personal practices.
Each reading (less than 10 pages) has the following components: a quote from the book, a practical illustration (historical, personal, etc.), examples from The Hobbit, examples from the Bible, as well as questions and Scripture for further study. It's a nice casual, but challenging conversation of sorts, with an overarching theme of accepting our call to follow Jesus and live a dangerous, adventurous life as He leads. In that regard, it works well and offers plenty of insight to the reader.