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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.51 (inches)|
"In J. R. R. Tolkien's desire to create a mythology for his homeland, he actually made one for every person, every land, and every age. "The Lordof the Rings "is a catechism of spiritual warfare cleverly disguised as a fantasy. The struggle against evil that takes place inside its pages is the same one that occurs even now within the soul of each person."
As we cannot leave the field of battle until death takes us from it, we should learn as much as we can about how to fight from those who have labored before us. Certainly the Red Book of Westmarch is one source to use. We may not have to sacrifice ourselves as does Gandalf, but we can learn from him and his wise counsels and from the others who he taught. Frodo guides us as well, as he makes his torturous journey to Mount Doom and endures the Ring's unceasing temptations. With him, we see that sometimes we overcome our temptations, and at other times they overwhelm us. We also learn, as he and Boromir do, to get back up and start the struggle anew. Sam shows us the height of hope and the depth of devotion. In fact, everyone in the tale, good as well as evil, has something to teach us.
Anne Marie Gazzolo hopes that you will find inspiration within to apply to your life.
Michael H5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best books on Tolkien and ChristianityMay 25, 2013Michael HQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings by Anne Marie Gazzolo is a wonderful book. I have read almost every book out there that explores the Christianity and spirituality of Tolkien's work and this is both one of the best in my opinion and also one of my favorites. What makes it so appealing are both its depth and its style. Ms. Gazzolo writes in very knowledgeable way that shows her depth of understanding but also in warm way constantly reminding the reader of the life applicability of Christianity as demonstrated through Tolkien's story and characters. She does a wonderful job of showing the Christianity of Tolkien's work in all aspects and how it applies to us in our own faith journey. I highly recommend this to any reader striving daily to live their Christian faith and who has a passion for Tolkien's works.
Margaret WatkinsAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God's Presence and Influence in Tolkien's TalesMarch 9, 2013Margaret WatkinsAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5More than ever before, we of today each need a reminder of our worth and of the fact that each of us was placed on earth deliberately by Almighty God for His Plan. This enlightening book presents a detailed summary of a certain tale brought to light by J.R.R. Tolkien which stands as a perfect aid for such a reminder for us. Going through the stages of the tale, Anne Marie Gazzolo illustrates with analyses and sentiments by her and others, the many "moments of grace" throughout the story: the many examples where we are privileged to see how God allows everything to occur according to His Will and the Plan He has set for the course of our brief history on earth. The old saying "Everything happens for a reason" is no understatement as we realize through the events of Middle-earth's tales how amazingly God's intersession works. From the mercy of Bilbo in sparing the life of Gollum, to the seemingly hopeless events in Frodo & Sam's journey through Mordor, and everything in between, the realization of the presence of God on every page of the story makes us aware that the coincidences in the salvation of Middle-earth are no coincidences at all. God's grace touches the characters in the story, and shapes them for their respective roles: Aragorn as the honorable yet humble Ranger-to-be-King, Sam as the undaunted, devoted servant/brother, Frodo as '"the Lamb whose only real strength is his capacity to make an offering of himself"' (quoted in book, uoncc.wordpress.com) The book lovingly illustrates the processes of these shapings, and helps us reflect on our own spiritual shapings for our own roles in God's plan for us.
With her book, Anne Marie Gazzolo has re-confirmed that Tolkien's stories are not only Christian works, but that they are very much a part of history: just like in every other part of history, God has played no small role in this one; neither must we fail to learn from it.
Author: Anne Marie Gazzolo
Located in: Skokie, IL
Submitted: May 04, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I feel like I came out of the womb writing. I want to be, as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said of herself, a pencil in Gods hand, just as J. R. R. Tolkien was. I have begun my second LOTR book, which focuses on the journeys of Bilbo and Frodo. I have also started my Masters Degree in Literature and Language at the Mythgard Institute, which is part of an online university founded in September 2011 and focusing on Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and other fantasy authors. I have published articles in the Tolkien publications, Amon Hen, Silver Leaves, Beyond Bree, and also in StAR (St. Austin Review). I have had several papers presented at Tolkien Society Seminars.
What was your motivation behind this project? I have always loved to read, write, and research, and I love Middle-earth, so publishing a book about it is a wonderful combination of all these things!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they will benefit from the many grace-filled examples illustrated in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that I highlight in my book as paths to living a moral life and also how to avoid the traps the enemy of our souls would love for us to fall into.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My faith and trust in God grew as a result of writing this book.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Besides Tolkien himself, my favorite books are Ralph C. Woods The Gospel According to Tolkien, which so beautifully describes the bond of Frodo and Sam as that of knitted souls; Fleming Rutledges The Battle for Middle-earth, which is full of the spirituality of the tale as is Professor Woods; Verlyn Fliegers Splintered Light, which has some of the most wonderful things to say about Frodo and his transformation into the clear glass that Gandalf and Sam saw; and Sarah Arthurs Walking with Bilbo and Jim Wares Finding God in The Hobbit, and "Finding God in The Lord of the Rings (with Kurt Bruner), which show not only the physical and spiritual journeys of the inhabitants of Middle-earth, but how we can apply such lessons to our own walk down the Road.
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