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Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life's Unexpected Journeys Paperback – October 1, 2013
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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.
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love anything about the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings however this one actually is something I take out and read - so many great quotes from TolkenPublished 1 month ago by Cab
Definitely a book oriented towards children rather than nostalgic adults.Published 11 months ago by Hannah Elizabeth Neil
Got this as a gift for my BF & he really likes it. Perfect for anyone "going on an adventure" in life.Published 17 months ago by kelly
What a delightful and thoughtful book. I enjoyed every page. Mr Brown allows us to take a journey of our own against the background of Middle Earth. Read morePublished 20 months ago by twofeathers
More about Lord of the Rings than the Hobbit...and it doesn't follow chapters the way i thought it would. A bit disjointed for mePublished 21 months ago by mike webb
When I started this book I was reading it aloud to a group. I thought it was a devotional. It is not. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I loved the lessons that were pointed out in this book! It was easy to relate to situations in our lives. It pointed out things we sometime forget.Published on June 22, 2014 by Catrina Davidson