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- Print Length: 144 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (1 Oct. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E0TNA7M
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Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life's Unexpected Journeys Kindle Edition
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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.
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
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.
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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