Finding God In The Hobbit by Jim Ware {Book Review}

If I had to choose one word to describe Jim Ware’s “Finding God In The Hobbit”, I would have to say the word that fits best would be delightful. As the movie “The Hobbit”  which was released earlier this month claims to be “An Unexpected Journey” so I found this read to be wonderfully unpredictable in conclusions and insights along the spiritual path.
Each chapter brings us a portion of the journey from J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic tale of adventure. Mr. Ware brings us to a pivotal moment of the tale and whets the appetite even to know more about Bilbo, Middle Earth, dragons, Hobbits, Elves and the Shire. He leads us along a perilous road and in the end right into the light of a serendipitous moment, and the undeniable “Ah – ha!” of God’s permeation, power and presence throughout the story. I found myself continuously surprised and delighted by the ultimate “reflection” and conclusion or insight that was shared. I have often appreciated the ability of this story to convey such powerful truths- the reality of good and evil, the beauty of divine providence and the impact  and influence people have on one another. But the fact is I loved that each of the short chapters had a delightful insight or conclusion I had not so keenly perceived myself as is presented in this book. It is like going off on a mini adventure with the author to see what one might see…your own unexpected journey, so to speak. I also appreciated the perceptive peeks into the characters- as we are introduced to them again or for the first time.  You do not have to have read The Hobbit to enjoy what is offered in this rich treasure.
Full of quotable quotes (which I am a fan of for sure!), fresh insights on revealed truths, encouragement, wisdom and inspiration throughout, I would encourage you to read this book in January as a start to the new year. If you are a fan of The Hobbit, I believe you will find it a refreshing endeavor. If you have not read the Hobbit, you will appreciate it just the same, but may come away with a strong desire to read the original adventure for yourself!
I would say this has to be my one of my very  favorite books from my 2012 reading! Perfect way to end the year or start the next!
I received this book for free for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Thank you Tyndale for the opportunity!

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There’s No Place Like Home…on Monday!

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A week full of blessing and  lessons 
while walking with the Savior!
My usual random Monday post. 
So, grab your coffee or tea and I’ll catch you up!
Monday, I headed to Providence.
I had a visit with this lovely lady!
Sharon is the creator of Janes 
(patient examination gowns (superior to a “Johnny”) for women!
She is also one of the amazing women in my Inspiring Women series.
Click to read more about Sharon Linder and Janes!

Monday was a very special time visiting old friends 
who are more like family. Sweet Sharon and I enjoyed 
catching up but seeing her daughter Olivia was an additional blessing. I am still smiling
 at the memory of seeing her in a baby carrier with those big blue eyes and gorgeous 
lashes blinking up at me many years ago and now the delightful young woman she is today.
Wow, I am getting old. Thanks, Olivia! 

Banjo got the December spot in the Friends of the Exeter Animals Calendar 
and sends a paw shake of thanks to all of you who voted as well as
 liked the page for this great local shelter.
We couldn’t be happier. We love our rescue puppy-
even though he did end up coming all the way from Arkansas!

We watched a couple of family movies this weekend. 
I love the slapstick silliness and craziness
of Home Alone- one of My Girl’s favorite since the early years. 
We wrapped up Sunday night with 
The Wizard of Oz and I realized I have not watched it in a long time! 
Of course, we made popcorn.

I went ahead and ordered Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God In The Manger” 
after my friend Shanyn mentioned it in Facebook conversation! 
I am looking forward to receiving it this week and will tell you all about it ASAP!

Hubs and I are guilty of sometimes taking one another for granted. 
When this happens what I usually do is not make him coffee or lunch to remind him of how reliant he is on me. What he usually does is…um, nothing…or worse- he will do something I didn’t get to in the house in an attempt to help! Yeah that’s the point, I’m a jerk! 
Seriously, we rarely fight but we also rarely get out. 
So…we had ourselves a coffee date while our daughter and her friend saw a movie.
(It was a too many movies weekend in my opinion).
It gave us a chance to talk and for fun I said let’s make Christmas List’s of things we want IF we could have whatever we wanted. Even though we know that we will not get them but just to kind of see what comes out. He asked me to clarify. I said  the sky is the limit. 
I had a couple of reasons for wanting to do this, of course.
One being, my hubs does not ask for much. 
I wanted to give him permission to really have a go at it and also see what he might want that we could actually give him this year.Well, oddly I came up with things that he said were practical and possible but his list was more, well…less possible, but revealing as well. Most of my list things were the same old things that I always want…a journal is always on my list. But a house that “stays clean” made it’s way to a top spot. 

Last but not least since it has been a too many movies weekend I have to tell you I am a BIG fan of the Lord of The Rings films and am looking forward to the release of The Hobbit
Counting down to December 14th!

337. the surprise of my own audacity!
338. three praying moms, Jesus around us
339. Coffee date with my better half; the simple joy of 

the mundane planned somewhere else.
340. A turkey bought at 69 cents a pound-
 whoohoo for a giant sized bargain!

Rejoicing in His grace with a thankful heart
 all week and season long!
Join me?
Wishing you all a wonderful week full of thanksgivings!

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