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Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and a Professor of English at Asbury University where he teaches a class on Lewis and Tolkien. He is the author of The Christian World of the Hobbit and Hobbit Lessons, both published by Abingdon Press. He has spoken at Lewis and Tolkien conferences in the UK and the U.S. Devin has published numerous essays on Lewis and Tolkien, including those written for CSLewis.com, ChristianityToday.com, SamaritansPurse.org, and BeliefNet.com. Devin earned a PhD at the University of South Carolina and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426776020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426776021
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life's real treasures are quite ordinary looking. How true and how easy to forget. As someone who has just moved from Poland to the US, I appreciate how life’s unexpected journeys can be both a blessing and a challenge. “Maybe you’re leaving for a distant country,” Brown begins in the Prologue. “Maybe you’re undertaking a new challenge.” You bet! Like Bilbo, I have missed more than one dinner and I miss my friends more than Bilbo aches for his brass buttons; at the same time, I also found out that getting out of the rut is liberating. The world can be wonderful if you trust the adventure. It will carry you like the road carried Bilbo.
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.
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A gem of book because life is a adventure and to take lessons from a hobbit, you can't go wrong.

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...
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A lovely little volume, charmingly illustrated and beautifully written, Devin Brown's book is ideal for any reader who has been stirred by Tolkien's fiction and wants to dig deeper into his thinking. Highly recommended.
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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have put generations under their spell and the spectacular movies and brought them to millions more. There has been volumes written about Tolkien's Middle-Earth and the detail and depth he imparted into it. Some of its most important meanings are its simplest. In Brown's short study, he looks at those lessons of friendship, greed and what is truly important in our lives. Simple sounding, yet critical and over-looked in our busy lives. A great intro book to studies of Tolkien's books, Hobbit Lesssons is directed at all ages, but I suspect it would especially be good for younger folk just new to the books or films. See also A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth and Finding God in The Hobbit.
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Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life’s Unexpected Journeys
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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