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"The mistake that Uncle Andrew made was not because he believed that wealth could be brought back from Narnia. His mistake was in refusing to bring back the right kind of wealth -- it is wisdom we need, not more steel and battleships. Louis Markos has remedied that problem, importing a great of wisdom from Narnia, and Middle Earth as well, with plenty to spare. I am happy to recommend On the Shoulders of Hobbits."
Douglas Wilson, author of What I Learned in Narnia
"Thoughtful, helpful, insightful, On the Shoulders of Hobbits reminds us just how much is to be gained by standing on the shoulders of Tolkien and Lewis, those Christian literary giants."
Michael Ward, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis
"A book that richly celebrates the place of story in our lives-even as it invites us to walk the road with, and glean life lessons from, some of J.R.R. Tolkien's finest characters."
Kevin Belmonte, editor of A Year with G.K. Chesterton, and lead historical consultant for the film, Amazing Grace.
"Louis Markos' thoughtful exploration of virtue through the writings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis is a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and young people seeking models and guides for living a life shaped by, and infused with, the richness of Christian virtues."
Holly Ordway, Houston Baptist University and author of Not God's Type
Classical virtue has been lost.
Courage, valor, trust, and friendship seem to be things of the past, of a different age and era. But is that because we have simply forgotten how to see them and learn them?
There was a time when virtue and vice were learned not through mere lessons and propositions but through stories. Real life truth and goodness was communicated powerfully through fantastical fiction. Louis Markos takes us back to that day and that reality.
Through the iconic works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis we are reintroduced to classic virtues, both good and bad. Markos shows the reader how powerful stories and their characters act as teachers and examples of what to be and not to be in real life.
Rediscover the power of stories and the importance of virtue through this beautiful work.
In his introduction called "Stories to Steer By," Markos suggests that in the past morality has been taught "first and foremost through stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Owsley
This book further deepened my appreciation for both Tolkien and Lewis even though I read LOR many years ago and only some of the Narnia Chronicles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Conley
Easy to read and interesting. Many points that were extremely thought-provoking. Very much uses BOTH Tolkien and Lewis in the essays. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexandra J. Carnahan
Plan on buying the book after reading the sampler.
Will assist me in explaining The Hobbit to my gr'children.
Walk the Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis in On the Shoulders of Hobbits by Louis Markos. In this concise, but powerful book English professor Markos makes a passionate... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Green
Very clear and well-written, not dry and academic, but really drawing out from the story in a clear, compelling way the underlying vision that animates Tolkien's work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin
As a book to learn life lessons from, I would not rate this very high. It does speak of virtues and their application in the stories of C. S. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebekah Gyger
This is another book I’ve had the pleasure of picking up through Moody Publishers for review. Now, I normally preface my book review posts with a kind of “I chose to review this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Virginia M. Freeman
My first thought upon reading this book was “where the hey was this guy during my college years???” I would have signed up for every single class. Not my major? Big whoops. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jamie from Books and Beverages