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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
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.
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