Walking with Bilbo
The author of Walking with Frodo takes readers on an adventure of faith with a new devotional that relates themes from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to living the Christian life. Unlike the fateful quest Frodo was asked to carry out, Bilbo's journey came as an unexpected adventure. Readers will be reminded that God cho...more
“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 Tolki ...more
I 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 Bil ...more
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Walking with Bilbo: A devotional adventure through The Hobbit. Sarah Arthur. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2005. 194pp.
All 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 J.R.R. 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 ...more
Arthur 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 book picks up on these and ...more
“Bilbo's very chosen-ness and his subsequent response have much to teach us about what it means to be called for a purpose larger than we could ever ...more
"Just finished reading the 1st chapter with my 11yr old sister, having previously read the multiple introductions.
I'm ready to give it a 5 star rating already. She may not be getting a lot out of it, but I sure am! :)
My older sis and I had observed many profound spiritual truths reflected in The Hobbit, and it appears that Arthur will deal with them all, and drive it home in me."
"Finally read ch 2 with Grace. It perfectly followed a Navigator conference which opened my eyes to Go ...more
While I believe that the author's intentions were fantastic, I think she may have either bitten off a little more than she could chew or tried to do what Tolkien never intended. Don't ...more
Each reading (less than 10 pages) has t ...more