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The Spiritual World of the Hobbit

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Popular Author Helps Readers Discover the Christian Dimension in Tolkien's The Hobbit Tolkien fans have long awaited the release of The Hobbit movies. With the first film due in theaters before Christmas, these fans will be primed to find out all they can about the spiritual themes in the story's mythological world. This book explores good versus evil in Tolkien's writings ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 1st 2012)
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C.B. Cook
This was an awesome, deeper look at the world of Middle Earth! It was both intriguing and eye-opening, and made a lot of connections I wouldn't have even guessed at without reading The Silmarillion or Tolkien's other history-type books (which I hope to read, but still...). It was almost like rereading The Hobbit, since it goes in chronological order of what happens through the story, but it helped me see the story in a whole new way. Definitely one of my favorite nonfiction books!
Meg
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
With summaries of the prurient facts of the histories of Middle Earth, details from the life and personal writings of Tolkien, and references from the scriptures which certainly influenced Tolkien's writing, a complex picture of the art put into the making of The Hobbit comes to light. This book is certainly useful as a reference and a further reading resource, however the author has eliminated some important influence by nearly 'erasing' all mention to Tolkien's Catholic faith and he constantly ...more
Joseph
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this delightful. A bit of a stretch in areas, but well worth the small effort to read.
Cheryl
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why read this book? Why the author wrote the book is a good starting answer to this question, that is, “…several misconceptions remain concerning the adventures of Bilbo Baggins…[and] these misconceptions prevent readers from fully appreciating and benefitting from Tolkien’s genius”. (from page 13)

I would also say that by reading this book you won’t need to purchase and read through Christopher Tolkien’s (J. R. R.’s son) , 12 volume history of Middle Earth, in order to get the background informa
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Miamikel SS
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have you ever walked past a window of a store and looked in, walked by then stopped, turned around and walked back to get a better look? That's THIS book.

It's a book that will make you say hmmmmm. Why?

It's colorful yet complex.
It's whimsical yet spiritual.
It's masterfully crafted.

Page after page you realize that this author has done his homework. The reflection of his thoughts, ideas and proposals on The Hobitt from a spiritual perspective is unique, witty and thought provoking. I know you might
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Elaine
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Spiritual World of The Hobbit.

Author: James Stuart Bell.

Genre: Christian, Nonfiction, Companion Book, Spiritual.

Plot: With the recent Hobbit movies, interest in Tolkien's world has been re-sparked and with it comes new books such as this one that gives a better glimpse into the enchanting world of Middle-Earth. My husband and I were just talking about the spiritual world of Tolkien's books and how they aren't like an allegory at all {like The Chronicles of Narnia are}. Our conversatio
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Phillip Cole
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings series has been popular for years, but is it just an entertaining story? Is there anything more in it than just a fairy tale? James Stuart Bell looks into what can be learned from The Hobbit, specifically, in The Spiritual World of the Hobbit.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s book has captivated audiences of all ages, and there is more to it than just a good story. Tolkien used his beliefs as a Christian to craft a book that would keep people reading, but that would also offer
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Brenten Gilbert
Bell actually dares to ask if we really need another book about the Hobbit. The answer is a resounding yes, of course, and not just because he’s written one that he wants us to buy, but because we need one written by a bona fide Middle Earth expert, or at least aficionado. This book actually begins with a brief section about the life, beliefs, and goals of Tolkien before throwing open the door, running through the Shire, and heading into the vast and dangerous lands of Middle Earth.

The bulk of t
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Erin
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
If you are a casual reader of the JRR Tolkien masterpieces, you may not have noticed all the Christian symbolism and ideals the make up the backbone of 'The Hobbit'.

However, if you're a "fan" of 'The Hobbit', you're probably aware of the many examples of good vs evil, pride vs humility, etc that are exhibited in this great work of literature.

Bell has written a great piece of work that serves as a companion book to 'The Hobbit'. The way this book is written encourages the reader to have this hand
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Charity U
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was definitely a good book! First thing to note? It’s not a devotional. I had to re-orient my mindset a few times, as I went into this one thinking “devotional” and that’s not really at all what it is. I was very impressed by the amount of research that Bell put into Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – he clearly knew what he was talking about. He draws valid points, without trying to dig too deep or pull in things that aren’t there, and he wasn’t too preachy. I especially liked the character pr ...more
Carla
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
****** This is a First Reads **** Thank You Goodreads ****

A wonderful companion book to take along with a reread of The Hobbit. Written truly by a Tolkien lover to bring enlightenment and extra spiritual message to the reader. Go in depth within chapters, characters, the development of good versus evil, and the the Divine. References to The Silmarillion and comparisons to Catholicism are made and easily understood, with quotes and verses included.
From leadership to Divine Assistance, this is the
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Tammy Hastings
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I received this through First Reads Giveaways.

It was a great read. If you love The Hobbit, then you need to read this book. It is just a beautiful companion piece to the original story. It's so wonderful that you'd think it was written by Tolkien himself. I just loved it. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it DID have a few grammatical errors that detract, but still... Great book.
Kimberly
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this from the first reads giveaways and I'm so glad I did because it is a wonderful book. Not only does this book give lots of information about the history of Middle-earth but it also gives Biblical insight to The Hobbit. I really enjoyed delving into Middle-earth and the story of the Hobbit, as well as seeing how Tolkien was inspired by the Bible and how he interwove Biblical truths into his stories. Overall this is a great read that is well written!
Colleen
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a great companion as we read the hobbit aloud to our children. I read the hobbit so long ago that it really helped refresh a lot of the details from the simarillion that I had forgotten that enriched the story.
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James Stuart Bell, Jr., was director of religious publishing at Doubleday, executive director of Bridge Publishing, and executive editor at Moody Publishing. He has written or consulted for more than a dozen other Christian publishers. At present he is the owner of Whitestone Communications, Inc., a literary development agency. His roles include writer, editor, compiler, packager, publishing cons
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