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Adenventures Bilbo Did And Bilbo did and was for it We too are udged when we uest for the spiritual Often tiomes the Bible will ask us to be fools for Christ or God When we have to travel on a spiritual ourney or do God s work WE OFTN TIMES HAVE TO TRAVEL LIGHT AND LEAVE oftn times have to travel light and leave many things we find comfortable THe keyu to trabvelling success is traveling light Gandalf comes and goes much like God does Often on very difernt errands yet we are never totally alone we must fight the battle and yet when things get too tough Gandalf or God reappears for us Things do not always go as planned at times it will go awry but there is a reason for that It is part of God s plan not ours In the face of disaster whenwe canot fix things we have but one choice and that is to move on and move forward Things can seem difficult but help comesw when we least exct like eagles swoopiong form the sky to rescue us from orc and wargs this what Tolkien called a eucatastrophe We can walk God s path or our path On Gods path we experience adventure that will build us up and on our opwn path we expereince misadventure which means bad problemsTHe lesson in this book are many THe reader is taught about decency honesty and the dangers of greed More over we usually learn about how even the smallest person can be the biggest hero A light devotional book based around Tolkien s The Hobbit The author looks at how the Christian life is an adventure and we need sometimes to step out of our ordered existence to follow where God leads Well written and uite thought provoking For teens or adults I thought this was some sort of spin off of The Hobbit If I knew what Walking with Bilbo was really about I would never have bought this book from that book fairI did buy it without knowing anything about it and it sat on my bookshelf for years I was reluctant to read it as it s been a while since I read The Hobbit but I figured I d get it off my to read shelf When I realized it was relating The Hobbit to the Christian life I admit I was put off immediately I had no interest in reading about a religious book recreationally especially since it was written for a Christian audience the majestic plural irks me I was ready to give the book away but since I had already bought it I cracked it open and gave the first chapter a shot To my surprise this book wasn t some haughty proclamation of The Hobbit being a Christian allegory the author s voice in the book was casual and merely discussed how the themes found in The Hobbit are similar to the themes found in the Bible Yes Walking with Bilbo IS meant for a Christian audience so if you are bothered for whatever reason of the discussion of Christianity this is not the book for you However keep in mind that you can still read this with an atheist s mindset and still enjoy this book after all religion plays a key part in many respected pieces of literature and one can find analysis related to religion interesting without actually believing in that religion If you are at all interested YES read it I don t regret reading it but going back I would not buy this book because although it was interesting it is not the type of book I am currently interested in it s RELIGIOUS and NONFICTION for goodness sake However it exceeded expectations and gives you exactly what it says it will. T Bilbo's ourney came as an unexpected adventure Readers will be reminded that God chooses us to be unlikely heroes in the adventure of lif.
Sarah Arthur ´ 5 Free readEasy to read devotional comparing the adventures of Bilbo Baggins with the Christian life Great insights into how Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings This year I m reading through several of the devotional eBooks I ve collected as they ve been offered for free I don t have to review these I received them with no strings attached If I like them though I will I really liked Walking with Bilbo by Sarah ArthurArthur tells us up front that Tolkien didn t intend for his book The Hobbit to be a Christian allegory Because he was a Christian though
his book can t help but carry several Christian themes Arthur s bookbook can t help but carry several Christian themes Arthur s book up on these and helps her readers to understand them and apply them to their lives The book contains twenty two short devotionals Each explores a portion of Tolkien s story compares it to a passage from the Bible gives the reader a list of uestions to consider and closes with a list of Bible verses to read for further insightThis book was fun to read and easy to understand yet its truths were valuable and practical for life As I understand it this book was written for teenagers but I believe Christians of any age can glean worthwhile insights I recommend Walking with Bilbo to Christian fans of Tolkien s works and to anyone looking to deepen their walk with Christ Will be pulling out this devotional to read again as the The Hobbit movie comes out this weekend With the release of Lord of the Rings years ago and the long awaited recent release of first in The Hobbit trilogy author Sarah Arthur of Walking With Frodo and Walking Through the Wardrobe has once again taken pop cultural movies based on classic fiction and related it to the Christian faithI was skeptical at first but intrigued I ve read other devotionals and studies that twist movies themes and occurrences to vaguely connect with the Christian faith but from the start Walking with Bilbo was different By the third chapter I read one a day I was in love with this devotional The chapters easily tie the books to Christianity but the author went well beyond the obvious and deep into The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings with vignettes about both classics and Tolkien s life and writing careerWhile Arthur suggest strongly that her readers should make their way through The Hobbit at least but even without re reading it a basic familiarity of the story s Book Review Walking with BilboWalking with Bilbo A devotional adventure through The Hobbit Sarah Arthur Wheaton Illinois Tyndale House 2005 194ppAll fiction parallels life That s why we read it However certain books and stories resonate with us on a deeper level Sarah Arthur s Walking with Bilbo revolves around JRR Tolkien s book The Hobbit and the book s ability to grab the reader on a spiritual level due to the story s fundamental themes being primarily Christian
Tolkien though he was uick to point out that he had not set out tothough he was
Uick To Point Out That He Hadto point out that he had set out to an allegory affirmed his awareness of these thematic issuesThroughout Walking with Bilbo Sarah Arthur takes scenes from The Hobbit and compares the hardships the character Bilbo faces and the choices he must make with those of Christians as they embark on an adventure of faith At the end of each chapter Arthur poses uestions to the reader concerning these comparisons and suggests the reading of certain Bible passages that illustrate the Christian themesI enjoyed reading Walking 2005 Logos Bookstores Award winner for Best Youth Book The author of Walking with Frodo takes readers on an adventure of faith with this dev. Ith Bilbo I found the straight forward prose refreshing and many of the comparisons enlightening I have my doubts that non Christian Tolkien aficionados would enjoy the book However I would recommend it to Christians who harbor a sometimes secret love of fantasyFor purposes of this review I was supplied by the publisher Tyndale House with a copy of Walking with Bilbo Bob Avey author of Footprints of a DancerShare This is a devotional through The Hobbit and it compares how the adventures Bilbo Baggins had with the dwarves and Gandalf is similar to our adventure of the Christian faith I d recommend it to any Christian who has read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit or watched the movies Walking With Bilbo by Sarah Arthur comes in the wake of the newly released The Hobbit movie It s a devotional that follows chapter by chapter JRR Tolkein s book The Hobbit And no wonder Tolkien a devout Roman Catholic who took things like the marriage ceremony seriously referred to those fans hobbit communes those obsessed with fantasy to the extreme as his deplorable cultus In other words their cult like attempt to replace reality with fantasy was taking things down a road Tolkien never
intended IntroductionThe book has uotes from The Hobbit followed by a clever commentary making The Hobbit and BilboIntroductionThe book has uotes from The Hobbit followed by a clever commentary making The Hobbit and Bilbo to this generation by drawing on Bilbo s and Biblical example Following each commentary is a list of uestions to answer and scripture to meditate on Sarah s book is uniue where devotions are concerned It reaches across the generations to our next generation the one who knows about The Lord of the Rings trilogy than how America was founded It s chapter on relating to family tensions and church family tensions is the most well written I ve read on the subject a truth easy to swallow Sarah suggests that the person who buys this book become familiar with the trilogy books and the movie However I think anyone could understand the underlying lessons without having read or seen either Sarah also has other books out that spark my interest like Walking With Frodo and Dating Mr Darcy Overall I gave this book five stars for excellent story telling and how easily she reaches across age divisions book given by publisher to review If you are looking to walk the path of spirituality derived from the Lord of the Ring or the Hobbit then for this book you better be a Christian This book is written from a Christian perspective for Christians THe only thing is that most Christians or die hard ones will get their spirituality from the Bible not a fantasy novel Those who do derive lessons will have a diffrent spiritual orientation altogether JRR Tolkien himself was a Christian and it no doubt bled into his worksTHe author goes chapter by chapter delivering forth a spiritual lesson
To Be Derived From The Chapter Whethyerbe derived from the chapter Whethyer meant for it to be that way from the chapter Whethyer meant for it to be that way to dificult to tell The author looks at the Hobit as a parable for Jesus and spiritual worker THe Hobbit teaches via selection of Bilbo that Christ is looking for a few food people people with hidden ualities people who are humble and people who are willing to do what it takes Often times like Bilbo we do not get a ob description or at best it is very scarce and never really prepares us for what to expect Are we indeed ualified God only know as does Gandalf in the Hobbit It is sheer madness to br. Otional that relates themes from J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit to living the Christian life Unlike the fateful uest Frodo was asked to carry ou. ,