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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Walking with Bilbo by Sarah Arthur

A devotional adventure through The Hobbit
About the Book:
From the author of Walking with Frodo comes an exciting new devotional based on Tolkien's lighthearted Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. Learn that while the average Christian's life may not include mysterious wizards, cross-country treasure hunts, and fire-breathing dragons, all believers embark on a wild, glorious adventure when they set out to follow Christ! The author 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 chooses us to be unlikely heroes in the adventure of life.
My Thoughts on this Book:
The 'guys' in my family love the Lord of the Rings series and have watched all the movies and read the books. They haven't up until recently read The Hobbit and when I saw this book and had the opportunity to read this I couldn't wait. Since my oldest son, who is 13 now, hasn't had the chance to read the Hobbit, I thought this book would be a great addition to his reading. To start out, the author recommends you read the book "The Hobbit" which makes sense since you will be doing a study that pertains to this book. This book is designed for you to reflect upon the story of Bilbo on a spiritual level.
Walking with Bilbo is designed to be a devotional guide. It has short readings that pertain to the book "The Hobbit". It then goes into a section called "Going Further" which are questions for reflection with related bible passages which is called "The Word on Seeking and Finding". The book has a quick reference guide in the back to help you keep the characters straight and to help you relate to the terms used in the Lord of the Rings book series.. 

The book contains 22 Chapters which you can do daily or weekly. Your choice. The book seems to be written for younger adults, teens and older elementary/middle schoolers, which makes sense with the book's original form was written to children (The Hobbit). I would highly recommend anyone interested in reading the Hobbit or watching the new upcoming movie to read this alongside. What a treasure for your Christian walk with God..
About the Author:
Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of numerous devotionals and other resources on the intersection of faith and great stories. Her first book was the best-selling youth devotional, "Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings," followed by the award-winning "Walking with Bilbo: A Devotional Adventure through The Hobbit." Her eighth book, released in the spring of 2013, is "Mommy Time: 90 Devotions for New Moms." A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, she speaks around the country on the role of stories and imagination in spiritual formation. She lives in Lansing, Michigan with her very busy toddler, Micah John, and her husband, Tom, pastor of Sycamore Creek Church. Sarah blogs at

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given..

1 comment:

  1. I had seen this book and wondered about it. Thanks for the review.

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