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I am so thrilled to be sharing with you all today a book that would be absolutely perfect for teens. Read on below to learn more about the book, as well as what I thought of it.
Hobbits, Elves, and Dragons More Real Than You Believe
What can the bravery of a hobbit, the faith of a elf, or the greed of a dragon teach us about ourselves? How can their stories lead us to the real Kingdom where God is weaving His fantasy world into reality?
In Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth, Jill Richardson overlays the Bible with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, giving us a peek into God’s fantasy world – a world of wonder and awe.
Discover the deep spiritual truths found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic characters and learn how to apply then in your own epic story.
Paul encourages Timothy: you’ve been chosen to do this by the God who raises the dead! That’s all you need. It doesn’t matter that you’re young. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know all I know. God chose you —are you willing?
That’s the secret of Bilbo’s victory, too: he’s been chosen. He doesn’t know why. He probably thinks all of Gandalf’s fireworks have shaken the wizard’s brain too much. But, just knowing that someone so great picked him makes him gather his small courage and believe he has a shot.
Then, he takes the next step. He decides he’s willing to do whatever he has to do for the job. Steal from a dragon? Carry out a wild river raft escape? Negotiate peace between forces at war? Take on giant spiders? (That’s where you’d lose me!) He just does it, because someone has to, and he’s been chosen.
What abOut yOu?
What responsibilities has God given you? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to do them well?
Words can truly not express how over-the-top excited I was when first heard about this book. Combining one of my absolute favorite works of fiction with The Bible was such a unique devotional idea. Upon actually opening the book, I realized that it was all I dreamt it would be and more. It truly does an amazing job at seamlessly putting Biblical principles to the events of the Hobbit, such as the one in the excerpt above. I feel like these analogies would be perfect for teens and the real world applications make it an excellent devotional. Personally, this is truly my favorite devotional of the year. Jill Richardson definitely knew what she was doing when she made it happen, if you’re a Hobbit fan or if you’re just looking for a devotional that’s a bit outside the norm I recommend you grab a copy. I think I need to order the paperback!