Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: Finding God in the Hobbit by Jim Ware

Review: Finding God in the Hobbit
Jim Ware
Salt River

What a nice surprise this book was for me! I was expecting the usual allegory and not much else, but I can say happily that I was disappointed. And I am glad of it. Disappointments aren't all bad, it seems.

What delighted me was watching (reading) how a person steeped in the word of God and the other areas that Tolkien knew so well allowed those interests rise to the surface almost effortlessly and to shape the entire work. Ware captured me from the first page as he identified possible connections that Tolkien may have made, connections that totally eluded me when I read The Hobbit.

This is not a book that could be classified page turner. Instead it reminded me more a meditation by Ware. In fact, if you read large portions of this at one sitting, you will not enjoy this at all. The style will begin to annoy you and you will put it down. There’s the nit for those that need one. So sit back and think a little when you read this book. Maybe use more like a devotional.

I do recommend this book as one to nibble on, one to think on, and one to possibly remind you of how "unsteeped" many of us are in any sort of literature.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.

1 comment:

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

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