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More than seventy years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien wove drama, humor and insight into his classic tale of small folk who accomplished great things. Now in The Hobbit Devotional, Ed Strauss spins 60 dramatic, humorous and insightful devotions from that great piece of literature.
The humble hobbits overcame fear, discouragment, and despair through steadfastness, courage and hope. Their story parallels the contemporary life situations we all face--and lends itself to the teaching of the greatest literature of all, the Bible. Find great encouragement from the little people of Tolkien's marvelous imagination. This gift edition features an imitation leather binding, gilded page edges and a ribbon bookmark.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)|
Shelly4 Stars Out Of 5Wish I could have seen more of the book before buying it.April 18, 2016ShellyQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 1No place to write your daily thoughts about the devotion. I ordered 4 books so everyone in the house could write in their own but we could have shared 1 or 2 books.
MamaGatorWest VirginiaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For our Tolkien adoring family, this has been wonderfulDecember 28, 2014MamaGatorWest VirginiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We have enjoyed this, my husband and myself, our ten year old, and eight year old.
theTRuNorthern, VAAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5on a Great [Spiritual] Journey with a HobbitFebruary 27, 2013theTRuNorthern, VAAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3With a similar, lighthearted tone [as Sarah Arthur's WALKING WITH BILBO], but less focused approach, Strauss offers readers sixty more devotional readings based on The Hobbit. His readings are only 4-5 pages each and pull out themes from the various corners of Bilbo's tale. It's a less formal style, in that the devotions aren't broken up by specific sections, but rather shared as a collection of narratives. Rather than honing in specifically on how Bilbo's journey and our journeys coincide, A HOBBIT DEVOTIONAL bounces through multiple topics and themes including a studies in courage, patience, persistence, and developing the character necessary to fulfill our destinies and answer God's calling on our lives.
This book is less of a companion to The Hobbit and more of a treasure trove of insights for readers well familiar with the content and context of the classic tale. Strauss does a nice job of pulling out spiritual principles to digest and ponder at the reader's pace, independently of reading the source material.
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IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For Tolkien Fans Ã¢â¬â and OthersOctober 9, 2012IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have no idea if Tolkien intended for The Hobbit to have quite so many biblical parallels, but he was a Christian and a very educated man, so it is entirely likely. Regardless, each of the sixty daily devotionals are well thought out, providing a brief quote from The Hobbit, followed by some information around the background to the quote, then the biblical principle that is being illustrated. As the devotional progresses, we move with Bilbo and the dwarves through their journey, facing the trials along with them.
Yes, it's a bit of a gimmick, a cash-in on the upcoming movie release. No, it's not the most theological of devotionals. It's a light devotional, not a heavy Bible study. But, for what it is, it's good - readable, entertaining and thought-provoking, and suitable to be used with children of all ages. Recommended for Tolkien fans, or anyone who wants to consider the Christian background to the movies.
Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Hobbit Speaks To The HeartSeptember 12, 2012Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I first met Bilbo Baggins as a Junior in college. Though a children's book, The Hobbit held my attention. I was a young believer at the time - but even then I could see spiritual connections throughout the book. With the soon to be released movie, it was a pleasure to see Ed Strauss' look at those connections in a devotional setting.
As Strauss moves through J. R. R. Tolkien's original book, we find ourselves introduced to the places and people which are familiar to those who have read The Hobbit. Each of the 60 devotions reviews a portion of Tolkien's book, concludes with a clear application and an appropriate scripture.
I have look forward to reading each day's snippit (of course, I never cheated and looked ahead [:)].) Reading the devotional has made me even more eager for the movie's release this holiday season.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.