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Overview Considered the most popular books of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is more than a great story. It's a much-needed reminder that Christians are all on an epic quest. In examining the Christian themes in the trilogy, authors Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware find that truth and fiction are not as far apart as they seem. When read in the light of Scripture, Tolkien's trilogy reveals a rich tapestry of redemption, values, and faith against all odds. Insightful reflection notes end each chapter. A great book for personal study, devotional time, or group discussion!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414312792 ISBN13 9781414312798
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More About Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware
KURT BRUNER is a graduate of Talbot Seminary who spends most of his time as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. He and Olivia host the HomePointe ministry, helping create a culture of intentional families. Kurt also serves as Executive Director for the Strong Families Innovation Alliance, a network of leading churches driving new strategies for impacting the home. The bestselling author of more than a dozen books, Kurt spent twenty years with Focus on the Family where he was Vice President over films, books, magazines, radio drama, broadcasting, internet and other media groups. STEVE STROOPE is Lead Pastor of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. He also provides coaching to partnership churches and missionaries throughout the world. He is a sought-after speaker and is the co-author of Money Matters in the Church. A graduate of Hardin Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Steve and his wife, Marsha, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
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Inconvenient Catholicism Jun 11, 2006
Additional comment for reviewer of Jan. 31, 2004, from Tolkien's own words: "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." (Tolkien, in a letter to Robert Murray)
And in response to this book's publication: For a book to call itself "Finding God in LotR", and then to blatently ignore the inconvenient fact that Tolkien was an unabashed Catholic in a time & place where it was professionally and socially unpopular to be so, removes this book from making any claims to factual or critical authenticity, and slides it into propaganda-land.
Pablum Dec 28, 2004
This book is horribly superficial, and the writer shows a very clear failure to understand many of the themes in LOTR. This is not finding God in LOTR, but how to use LOTR as a blunt instrument in proselytizing for evangelical christianity; emphasis on "blunt".
Christian theme? Factual! May 19, 2004
To the reader on January 31, 2004 and to all who think like this person: J.R.R. Tolkien himself was a Christian and thus his rendition of the Lord of the Rings was a Christian work. Tolkien may not have written his work as an allegory, but he did write his work with a Christian conscience. I, as well as many others, see in these books many allusions to various themes in the Bible. I have not read this book, but am looking forward to in the future. Tolkien may not have meant his work to bear a Christian theme, but it does.
Spiritual insights into Tolkien's classic trilogy May 8, 2004
Written by Kurt Bruner (a vice-president of Focus on the Family, perhaps best known for its Peabody Award-winning Focus on the Family Radio Theatre programs), and Jim Ware (a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary), this Oasis Audio edition of Finding God In The Lord Of The Rings is an unabridged CD audiobook rendition of spiritual insights into Tolkien's classic The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Respecting J.R.R. Tolkien's own abiding faith and revealing how it threads through the difficult journeys of his cherished yet fallible heroes, Finding God In The Lord Of The Rings is a deeply moving and inspirational experience which is very highly recommended and inspirationally rewarding listening. 3 CDS, 3 hours.
The book is something that was inevitable Feb 1, 2004
Ideas, such as the ones expressed in this book, inevitably followed great works of art throughout the history of mankind.
It is ridiculous to connect the tale, history, or any of the characters with religion. Numerous people who blindly believe in everything they are told always try to connect such things to their beliefs. It is stupid, shortsighted and narrow-minded to express such thought. J.R.R. Tolkien said himself in foreword of the book: "As for any inner meaning or 'message', it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. ... I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence." The least people can do is respect authors wishes.