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Avid Reader5 Stars Out Of 5A Hobbit DevotionalAugust 3, 2018Avid ReaderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read A LOT but this is the first time that I've felt compelled to write a review. I ordered A Hobbit Devotional for my daughter who is a huge Tolkien fan. Originally, I was just along for the ride - watching The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with her as well as acquiring all of the books. I decided to read some in this devotional (I bought 3 copies and I plan to order more for gifts) before presenting it to her and I was hooked! Not only does Mr. Strauss make the actual book (The Hobbit) clearer in this easy to read devotional, but he expertly applies situations throughout the book with coordinating Bible stories/ scriptures and ends with real life applications for the reader. I LOVE this! I gave a copy to my dad, who also gives it a rave review and I'm thinking about getting copies for my daughter's Tolkien friends.
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 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.