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Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life's Unexpected Journeys by [Brown, Devin]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4375 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0TNA7M
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8abd75b8) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8abec1bc) out of 5 stars Surprising little treasure 21 Dec. 2013
By Marek Oziewicz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Life's real treasures are quite ordinary looking. How true and how easy to forget. As someone who has just moved from Poland to the US, I appreciate how life’s unexpected journeys can be both a blessing and a challenge. “Maybe you’re leaving for a distant country,” Brown begins in the Prologue. “Maybe you’re undertaking a new challenge.” You bet! Like Bilbo, I have missed more than one dinner and I miss my friends more than Bilbo aches for his brass buttons; at the same time, I also found out that getting out of the rut is liberating. The world can be wonderful if you trust the adventure. It will carry you like the road carried Bilbo.
Hobbit Lessons is not a book about The Hobbit. It’s Brown’s personal reflection on what The Hobbit as well as The Lord of the Rings tell us about life as an adventure and about how to say yes to it. Brown weaves his reflection around six key themes (spread through 5 chapters and the epilogue) and shooting through them is Tolkien’s great message: embrace the unexpected, welcome change, and be generous to others. Although each of the five chapters has its highlights, my particular favourite was “Have your friends’ backs for someone has yours.” Our adventures, Brown says, do not happen by accident and “knowing that someone has been and will always be there managing our adventures—frees us to help others” (57). Yes indeed. Like the work of Tolkien and many other fantasists, Brown’s engaging “margin notes” remind us why we are here and what is really important. A quiet reflective read on hobbits, reading, and what helps us grow.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8abec210) out of 5 stars Life is a Adventure-loved this book 28 May 2014
By Jeanie S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A gem of book because life is a adventure and to take lessons from a hobbit, you can't go wrong.

Lesson #1 - Adventure...do we look at life as an adventure. How do we react when our life is interrupted? When more is required of us? Is our world bounded by predictability? We can learn from Bilbo in embracing life as a adventure.

Lesson #2 - Friendship...with friendship it takes great loyalty not so much courage to have a friend's back in all circumstances. Friendships are tested during a crisis when our roles change and responsibilities are not clear. Do we cross the line with truth or let friends live a lie. When truth is needed in friendships, it may not be appreciated or understood but that is how true friendship works. Anything else is just a acquaintance. Bilbo's lesson was the burden of the ring and how it affected his relationship. He could not see the truth.

Lesson #3- when things become to precious. In this lesson, we all have our weak spots. We have our precious. It is only when leaders have been unselfish, good things take place. When leaders have been selfish, desolation only continues. This lesson is central to Middle Earth and it is also central in our world as well. Our desires is the key to our heart and where our treasure is. Salvation and the Kingdom of God is about a heart change and not a behaviour change. It is only with a heart change along with our desires, can our behaviour change. The heart change allows us freedom to love and to give to others. Our worldy greed always always and I say always betrays us. "And if we let our possessions become to important, if we let them become too precious, they will eventually come to possess us and bring about our downfall. (page 81)

Lesson #4- Our real treasure is in the simple things...This happens when all things, all people, are put in their proper place and they do not dominate our lives. We are to have the attitude that we are to enjoy the gifts that God has given us but also be able to give them up when a greater need arises. Our worldly treasures can be stolen, they always need constant guarding, constant care and is always a burden in the end. It always leads us to a life of isolation. Simplicity is best and it really needs to start in the church.

Lesson #5-The reality is we are very little in this world but because we have a big God, we are part of larger story-REDEMPTION. ...Redemption is not pretty, it is not neat, it is messy. Our life is not a commercial, where we are all basically good, we all have major heart problems and there is real danger and sorrow for each of us. It is the tough times that make us tougher, dangerous situations help us learn how to act courageously, and problems help us learn how to become more resourceful. (page 109)

Hobbits Lessons are lessons in life that is put into perspective.

Thank you goodreads for the giveaway. I truly enjoyed this one
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b2056c0) out of 5 stars Small in size, but wise... 19 Dec. 2013
By Phil Tallon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A lovely little volume, charmingly illustrated and beautifully written, Devin Brown's book is ideal for any reader who has been stirred by Tolkien's fiction and wants to dig deeper into his thinking. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8abec498) out of 5 stars An Unexpected Journey 19 May 2014
By Judith Victoria Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book everyone curious about Tolkien's work, and certainly every fan should read. But I suggest you first know his stories, or at least plan on reading/seeing "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings," because they are referenced repeatedly. It's a book that examines many of Bilbo's traits (and Frodos's) and aspects of his world. It especially discusses how he responds to his "adventure. It tells how it changes his outlook on life. All of these things are meant to teach as we examine our own lives.
Themes of these Tolkien stories are delved into, such as, the courage to step out of the familiar to have an adventure, loyalty in friendship, over-attachment to things you are fond of, finding the value in something or someone (not all that glitters is gold; and not all that is gold glitters), staying on your own path, though it may be different from those of others, and while looking ahead, don't look too far ahead. It is an interesting examination of the stories, and gives greater depth in understanding them, and Tolkien.
It's well written and was a joy to read.
I won an ARC copy in a Goodreads giveaway in hopes of a review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8abec6d8) out of 5 stars but the lessons he addresses will help each of us live a better, fuller life every day 22 Aug. 2014
By Shirley A. Strait - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life’s Unexpected Journeys
By Devin Brown
Publ. Abingdon Press c.2013

Devin Brown takes J. R. R. Tolkien’s wonder-filled world of Middle-Earth and the travels of a group of Hobbits and their friends to teach us some very important lessons about traveling life on this earth. The lessons he address in this book are aimed at helping people at points of transition in their lives, but the lessons he addresses will help each of us live a better, fuller life every day.
This book is an excellent companion to Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It offers insights into the important life lessons that make the reading of this book such an enriching experience.
I highly recommend this book. For those who are die-hard Tolkien fans this book offers a fresh look at some of the happenings in Middle-Earth. For those new to Tolkien, this book is a tempting fore-taste of the wonders of Middle-Earth has to offer.
I was provided a copy of this book for my unbiased review.
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