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Number of Pages: 220
Publication Date: 2003
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The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earthRalph C. WoodWestminster John Knox Press / 2003 / Trade Paperback$3.39 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Tamara Moore5 Stars Out Of 5December 14, 2007Tamara MooreThis book is well-written and something that my 15 yr old son will read, and is reading right now! Its difficult to find a book for a teenager that will keep him interested, but this one does the job! Very Cool!
Teresa Landry5 Stars Out Of 5July 13, 2007Teresa LandryA great way to relate a great story to how Christ would have us think. Choices between good and evil and how we plan to carry them out is fundamental in this study.
mike scibetta4 Stars Out Of 5January 19, 2006mike scibettaGreat way to look at your everyday life. while following Jesus, Knowing the truth will truly set you free. I have found complete victory and freedom as did Frodo, and Middle earth when the ring was destroyed. A must have for a chrsitan LOTR fan.
Jessica5 Stars Out Of 5May 24, 2004JessicaThis book is wonderful. A real christian journey through Lord of the Rings. I love the way that Sarah Arthur writes like you are sitting next to her and talking with her. This is truly a book worth reading!
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Located in: Petoskey, Michigan
Submitted: December 09, 2003
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a 1995 graduate of Wheaton College, IL with a major in Literature as well as Intercultural Christian Education. I served for 7 years as the full-time youth director of Petoskey United Methodist Church, during which I began writing curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House (still do). In 2002 I "retired" from youth ministry in order to write, and within 6 months landed my first book contract with Tyndale House (for "Walking with Frodo"). In my spare time (!) I also write fiction, poetry, and illustrate my own stories for children. I'm married to my very best friend Tom, who lovingly created my website, www.saraharthur.com
What was your motivation behind this project? I was most motivated by my twin passions of youth ministry and literature. I get jazzed about finding teachable moments in pop culture that can be used to drive home spiritual truths for teens, but especially when there is a link to great literature of timeless value. Writing reflections for teens on the teachable moments in "The Lord of the Rings" has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? For the teens and young adults who read it, I hope they gain a least a surface understanding of how Tolkien's faith profoundly influenced some of the major themes in "The Lord of the Rings," but more specifically how those themes apply to the choices we make every day. I also hope to provide a resource for youth workers, teachers, and home schooling parents for discussing these issues with young people. I very strongly feel that developing a healthy imagination in teens is crucial to their spiritual growth. Fiction - and fantasy in particular - can open doors to the gospel that are otherwise shut. For more of my thoughts on the relationship between imagination and faith in teens, visit my articles posted on www.saraharthur.com (under "Writing").
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I'm a huge fan of the Inklings (an Oxford writing group from the 1940s which included J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings"; C.S. Lewis; Charles Williams; etc.) and the British authors who inspired them (George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, etc.). I love literary fiction as well as literary nonfiction, but have found very few Christian authors who can pull it off. Exceptions include Madeleine L'Engle, Anne Lamott, Frederich Buechner, Calvin Miller, Annie Dillard, Elizabeth Goudge, and Luci Shaw.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: "Walking with Frodo" is geared for teen readers who are immersed in the pop culture phenomenon of "The Lord of the Rings." Thus it takes the spiritual themes in LOTR to a very practical level: what does this have to do with real life, faith, Scripture, and the choices I make every day? For the uninitiated, Tolkien was a Christian. In fact, he was instrumental in the conversion of C.S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity (they were friends and colleagues). Though Tolkien's faith is not overtly expressed in "The Lord of the Rings," his work is profoundly influenced by it.