Sunday, September 25, 2016

REVIEW: Hobbits, You the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth

Hobbits, You & the Spiritual World
of Middle-Earth
By: Jill Marie Richardson

Genre: Christian, Devotionals, Youth Ministry
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 3.25.2016
Pages: 110

Recommended by: Electively Paige, Read 2 Review
Date read: 9.25.2016

This book caught my attention because it combines both Lord of the Rings (one of my favorite trilogies) with the teachings of the Bible to help teenagers learn to live a life that Jesus would be proud of.  The author painstakingly compares different beloved characters from LotR with people from the Bible, telling a story from both, then asking questions to help the reader take a deep look at the life they are living.  As you go through the book, you are reminded of why you loved the characters in the books so much and find yourself looking at them in a new and unique way, especially when you remember that J.R.R. Tolkien was a deeply religious man himself.

About the book:
What can the bravery of a hobbit, the faith of an elf, or the greed of a dragon teach us about ourselves?  How can their stories lead us to the real Kingdom where God is weaving His fantasy world into reality?
            In Hobbits, You & the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth, Jill Richardson overlays the Bible with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, giving us a peek into God's fantasy world - a world of wonder and awe.
            Discover the deep spiritual truths found in J.R.R. Tolkien's classic characters and learn how to apply them in your own epic story.

Paul encourages Timothy: you've been chosen to do this by the God who raises the dead!  That's all you need.  It doesn't matter that you're young.  It doesn't matter that you don't know all I know.  God chose you - are you willing?
            That's the secret of Bilbo's victory, too: he's been chosen.  He doesn't know why.  He probably thinks all of Gandalf's fireworks have shaken the wizard's brain too much.  But, just knowing that someone so great picked him makes him gather his small courage and believe he has a shot.
            Then, he takes the next step.  He decides he's willing to do whatever he has to do for the job.  Steal from a dragon?  Carry out a wild river raft escape?  Negotiate peace between forces at war?  Take on giant spiders?  (That's where you'd lose me!)  He just does it, because someone has to, and he's been chosen.

About the author:
Jill has a degree in English and Secondary Education from Washington University in St. Louis, a Mater's of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, and is completing a Doctorate in Church Leadership in a Changing Context at Gordon Conwell.  Jill is the author of five books with several more in the works.
            She is a lead pastor near Chicago and speaks at a variety of events around the country.
            She also enjoys travel, gardening, musical theater, reading, kayaking, sitting near the ocean, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.  She believes in Jesus, grace, restoration, kindness, justice, Earl Grey, and dark chocolate.
            Her passion is her tagline: Picturing Faith with the Next Generation.
            Jill is represented by Diane Flegel at Hardline Literary Agency and she blogs here.


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