Monday, December 3, 2012

Finding God in The Hobbit by Jim Ware

Remember how Christians tie in everything they can to get people to read books? Jim Ware is good at this as far as Tolkien is concerned.

He wrote a book called Finding God in The Lord of the Rings so it makes sense that he would have another one based on The Hobbit. And that publishers would want to push this book with the movie releasing.

Ware gives us a nice, small hardback book with twenty chapters. But don't let that number scare you, this book is like the God-cliffnotes for anyone interested. You'll get very short chapters that begin with a brief overview of part of the story and then unpacks the God-stuff.

I found some of the points he brought out to be interesting and not the typical ideas you'd assume to find in a book about finding God within a story.

This book may make a nice discussion starter for those who aren't familiar with The Hobbit, but diehard fans might be insulted by this and I imagine they could go even deeper in their discussions. Make no mistake, Ware knows his stuff, but it doesn't come close to adequately explore the themes.

But this is meant to get you interested in another book/movie and talk to your friends about the connection with God in pop culture. It's a gift book, make no mistake.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Tyndale Publishing.

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