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2005 Logos Bookstores Award winner for Best Youth Book The author of "Walking with Frodo" takes readers on an adventure of faith with this 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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 19th 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 5th 2005)
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Nikole Hahn
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 J.R.R. 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 Tolki
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Tina Klinesmith
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 faith.

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
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Janet Reeves
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 Arthur.

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
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Sandi
Easy 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.
Steve Cran
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 works.

THe author go
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Bob
Book Review -- Walking with Bilbo

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
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Candice Carpenter
This book came along "unexpectedly" and I could have been more glad it did. As a long time Believer, I found myself struggling not with my relationship with the Creator but how that relationship translated into my other relationships. I've known for a long time that I'm a Baggins through and through and it helped so much to look at this story (that I adore so much) alongside my faith. Somehow it made each struggle make more sense and gave me so much more confidence in who I am. We may think ours ...more
Tatuu
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.
Sue
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 quite thought-provoking. For teens or adults.
Debbie Phillips
Feb 12, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians - middle school up to adults
A WONDERFUL devotional. One of the best I have read in years. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. I highlighted a LOT of portions. It was exciting to read. A great way to start the year. The questions at the end of each chapter were challenging and caused deep thinking making me consider my adventure, what God is doing and what he wants me to do now.

“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
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Amy Kirkconnell
Will be pulling out this devotional to read again as the "The Hobbit" movie comes out this weekend!
Hannah
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"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
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Emma
There are a myriad of books about the various themes and ideas presented in Lord of the Rings. I have always enjoyed mining them for a new interpretation or a clever detail I’ve previously missed. The three books of the trilogy themselves hold up to countless rereads and yield deeper and richer thoughts each time. But Tolkien nut though I may be, I’ve always considered The Hobbit to be a fairly lightweight kids book. So when I heard that Sarah Arthur had written a follow up to Walking with Frodo ...more
Brenten Gilbert
Sarah Arthur provides readers a devotional book based on The Hobbit that originally released in 2005 and has returned to the presses. This book is designed to “walk” you through the spiritual aspects of The Hobbit as you read through the classic saga. WALKING WITH BILBO consists of 22 readings meant to be considered, one per day as they enhance your understanding of the story while simultaneously applying the practical principles to your personal practices.

Each reading (less than 10 pages) has t
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Ruth Hill
It has been years since I read "The Hobbit," and I did read most of the "Lord of the Rings" series in addition to seeing the trilogy of films. I knew that there was a spiritual significance in Tokien's books, but I sometimes have struggled to find it. I was excited to get the chance to read through this devotional.

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
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Cℓinton Sheppard
A interesting comparison of Bilbo's adventures in The Hobbit and the life of Christ, with some other bits, like references to the Shackleton expedition to the Antarctic. Also learned a new word coined by Tolkien: eucatastrophe - "the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears."
Charity U
I think I liked Ed Strauss’ Hobbit Devotional better, but this one was also an excellent read and very enjoyable. Each chapter will take you 5-15 minutes to read (depending on how fast of a reader you are), and includes a bit of Hobbit story in (naturally) chronological order. After the story part, it goes on to an application, some questions to consider, and five or more Bible passages related to the topic. There are a total of 22 chapters. The questions are amazing (they WILL leave you thinkin ...more
Becky
I enjoyed this one. I didn't have high--or low--expectations for it, though I was hoping it wouldn't try to turn The Hobbit completely into an allegory or parable. I liked the fact that it would take a sentence or two from The Hobbit and then connect it to a biblical principle. Each chapter or each devotion referenced a specific chapter or scene in The Hobbit and also referenced a couple of verses from the Bible, usually from the New Testament. Each devotion provided a list of further scriptures ...more
Johanna
Love it. I was a little wary at first that the author would connect Tolkien's work allegorically to the Bible, which Tolkien stated very plainly he had not intended. So I was very relieved and impressed when a clear line was drawn between fiction and truth, and it was made very clear that The Hobbit was not an allegory:) Great to be able to do that and yet still find lessons in the story.

Kristy
I think anyone who enjoys Lord Of The Rings and wants a good devtional will like this. A few parts seemed geered more toward teens or young adults but the majority of it is good. I like the way the author really parallels Bilbo's experiences with the Christian faith, and there's a lot here that makes you think deeper about the journey.
David Kemp
This is an excellent read for my fellow Lord of the Rings devotees. Sonja and I read one devotional each Friday as a "Sabbath devotional" and then went through the discussion questions at the end of each chapter. The discussion questions were the catalysts for some excellent conversations.
Bill Tillman
Somewhere between 3 & 5 times have I read the Hobbitt. This is a wonderful book to reflect on the deeper meanings behind J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. I took just a chapter a day at least to consider each of Arthur's studies in this book. I hope you will do the same.
Renée
Just as with Walking with Frodo, this book is easy and enjoyable. The devotionals are pretty simple. It's fun to revisit the Hobbit story through a different point of view, though.
Violet
Thanks too Goodreads and Sarah Arthur for my copy of Walking With Bilbo.

Wonderfully writen, whitty and entertaining. A clever devotional that will make you feel good.
Katie Dey
Fantastic for those who are geeks and want a closer walk with the Lord.
Paul
A great book to go along with The Hobbit. Proof that there's more to Tolkien's worldview than what meets the eye at first.
Kristin
I really enjoyed this one, like I do all of Sarah Arthur's books!
Brook Hamby Lohmeier
Very good book with rich aspects of life.
Ashley
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Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of numerous books, ranging from popular devotionals to serious explorations of faith and literature. She is a twenty-year youth ministry veteran who speaks around the country on the role of imagination and narrative in spiritual formation. Her first books were the bestselling, award-winning youth devotionals "Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Jour ...more
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“The lesson is this: When the road gets dark and all hope seems lost, there's nothing to do but keep going. We, like Bilbo, must keep up our "hobbitry in heart." Even more important, as people of faith, we recognize that we are not alone. Whatever happens from this point on, we put our trust in God. And we go on.” 3 likes
“Like Gandalf, God knows the battle going on inside our hobbitlike selves, the wrestling match between the Baggins and the Took. The Baggins side of us takes our creature comforts for granted. We assume these comforts are part of the terms and conditions outlined in the job description Jesus offers when he says, "Follow me." But God never said anything about discipleship being comfortable. He's more interested in coaxing the Took side of us to the fore, the side that's willing to endure a little hardship for the sake of the final destination. When we learn to live without, we discover what we're really made of.” 1 likes
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