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About the Author

is the best-selling author of 'Walking with Frodo', among other books. A former youth director, she now writes and speaks to the postmodern generation about the adventure of faith--when she isn't tucked away with a good book. She's a member of the Mythopoeic Society and serves on the board of the C.S. Lewis Festival held annually in northern Michigan. Sarah lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Tom--who lovingly built her website [www.saraharthur.com].
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414301316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414301310
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of numerous devotionals and other resources on the intersection of faith and great stories. Her first book was the best-selling youth devotional, "Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings," followed by the award-winning "Walking with Bilbo: A Devotional Adventure through The Hobbit" (both with Tyndale). Her ninth book, released in the fall of 2014, is "Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany" (Paraclete Press). A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, she speaks around the country on the role of stories and imagination in spiritual formation. She lives in Lansing, Michigan with her small sons, Micah and Sam, and her husband, Tom, pastor of Sycamore Creek Church. Sarah blogs at www.saraharthur.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward Lynn on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Walking with Bilbo, by Sarah Arthur, is a wonderful little devotional book. Arthur does a very nice job of tying themes from J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) to the Bible. She has a levelheaded approach and doesn't try to force analogous ideas between Bilbo's journey and that of the Christian faith, but instead, she uses common sense and her own knowledge of Biblical stories and concepts to create this inspiring devotional.
I was concerned (before reading the book) that Arthur might make dubious conclusions about Christian concepts within Tolkien's work--but she doesn't. Tolkien didn't intend for his work to be completely allegorical, and she understands that. Essentially, Arthur acknowledges that in all great stories, one can find Biblical themes. Arthur (who is an "unabashed Tolkien junkie" - to quote the back cover) simply focused on The Hobbit (and LOTR) to write a solid devotional. A good devotional should inspire the reader to read the Bible more, and Walking with Bilbo will likely do just that.

What if I haven't read The Hobbit? Can I still enjoy Walking with Bilbo?

It is probably not essential that one has read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings to enjoy this devotional, but familiarity with the characters and events in those books will enhance one's understanding of the references to them in Walking with Bilbo.
Although the devotional predominantly revolves around Bilbo's experiences in The Hobbit, Arthur references characters from LOTR as well. For example, in Chapter 3, page 24, of Walking with Bilbo, Arthur paraphrases a quote from LOTR. Arthur writes, "As Sam says toward the end of The Two Towers, no one remembers the tales in which the characters give up and turn back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charity U on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I think I liked Ed Strauss' A Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible better, but this one was also an excellent read and very enjoyable. Each chapter will take you 5-15 minutes to read (depending on how fast of a reader you are), and includes a bit of "Hobbit" story in (naturally) chronological order. After the story part, it goes on to an application, some questions to consider, and five or more Bible passages related to the topic. There are a total of 22 chapters. The questions are amazing (they WILL leave you thinking!). Chapter titles include (among others) "Plans Go Astray," "Help Un-Looked For," "Stick to the Path," "True Identity," and "Where Your Treasure Is." The book is full of excellent writing, and I would certainly recommend it for "Hobbit" fans of both the movie and the book!

**Tyndale sent me this book for free as part of the blog tour that I signed up for. I was not required to review it positively. All opinions are my own.**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Walking With Bilbo is a guided journey through Christianity using the Tolkien classic The Hobbit as a map. This book is not a review of The Hobbit, instead it looks at the aspects of Christianity that are found in the story. By looking at Bilbo and other characters, the author examines the issue of our own hearts, our relationship to our Father God, the depth of sacrifice of Jesus and the glorious reunion to come. Through 21 devotions the author spans the story of Bilbo and his own journey.

This is a great book. The author is a Tolkien fan and it shows. However, this is not a fan book that has Christianity slapped on top. Instead, it is a thoughtful look at the building of our faith and the part we play in this world. Each chapter looks to ourselves, the hobbit story and the Bible to see what God is speaking. From there, the author provides scripture reading to expound the point and serve as focus for meditation. I really enjoy this book and see it being used often in my study and recommending to others.

I'd give the book 5 out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pwnmom on December 6, 2012
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In Walking with Bilbo, Sara Arthur explores the parallels between our daily Christian lives and the adventure that Gandalf invited Bilbo to take. Each chapter begins with a quote from The Hobbit, a relate-able story that is relevant to today and the parallel between that and Bilbo's journey, a Bible verse that relates, questions to help the reader in "going further" and a list of Scriptures that correlate to the topic of the chapter (i.e. "The Word on Accepting the Job, The Word on Being Chosen, The Word on Being Wise in God's Eyes).

I read through the first two or three chapters, just to see how they were and I really enjoyed the ability to correlate The Hobbit and Bilbo's Journey to The Bible and our Christian journey. The chapters are laid out well and I love that there are questions at the end and Scriptures to dig deeper. I think this is an excellent addition to the library of anyone (especially YOUTH) who enjoy Tolkien and The Hobbit.
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