Thousands have been captivated by the spiritual themes that underlie Tolkien's imaginative fiction. In Finding God in The Hobbit, Jim Ware, co-author of the popular "Finding God" series, indulges readers with an exploration of the spiritual significance of J. R. R. Tolkien's famous children's classic. As they are acquainted with Tolkien's message of transcendent truth, readers will see how God is mysteriously at work even in everyday moments. A reflection summarizes each chapter's main insight. Bibliography included.
About The Author
Jim Ware, a graduate of UCLA and Fuller Theological Seminary, is a longtime book enthusiast who grew up savoring childhood classics like TOM SAWYER, HUCKLEBERRY FINN, THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, and KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. He's the author of GOD OF THE FAIRY TALE and FINDING GOD IN THE HOBBIT, and co-author (with Kurt Bruner) of the best-selling FINDING GOD IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS, FINDING GOD IN THE LAND OF NARNIA, and THE PURPOSE OF PASSION: DANTE'S EPIC VISION OF ROMANTIC LOVE . His latest effort, THE STONE OF DESTINY, is a work of fantasy-fiction for tweens, teens, and adults who like imaginative tales. A Celtic music enthusiast, he enjoys playing the guitar and other stringed instruments with family and friends. He and his wife, Joni, are the parents of six children.
I thought Jim Ware did a very good job of weaving chapter by chapter the subtle truths of Tolkien's story with Biblical truths. I found his insight to have a certain depth that was very refreshing. The further along I read in the book, the more I began to respect the author's understanding, not only of Tolkien's writing and storytelling but of the truths that were expressed so well by the author. Jim Ware has true faith and does a great job of expressing it through his comparisons with Tolkien's adventures of The Hobbit. A very enjoyable and profitable read. I recommend it to all who have enjoyed reading The Hobbit.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
Finding God in The Hobbit
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis