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'Finding God in The Lord of The Rings' by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware–Book Review

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Finding God in The Lord of The Rings

Reviewed By: Kathryn Darden on February 24, 2014

Written by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware, ‘Finding God in The Lord of the Rings’ invites the reader to ‘Discover Timeless Truth Among The Hobbits.’ This short book is easy to read and delves into J.R.R. Tolkien’s Christian roots, as discerned in the pages of his timeless classic ‘The Lord of the Rings.’

Book Attributes

Authors: Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware. Publisher: Tyndayle. 120 pages (hardcover). Retails for $12.99

Good Points

  • A look at hidden truths found in ‘The Lord of the Rings’
  • Short and easy to read
  • A must read for Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fans
  • Insights into what motivated Tolkien as a person and a writer

'Finding God in The Lord of The Rings' by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware–Book Review'Finding God in The Lord of The Rings' by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware–Book Review

Product Description

Written by Kurt Bruner, a vice president with Focus on the Family and Jim Ware, author of several other books, the hardcover version of ‘Finding God in The Lord of the Rings’ is 120 pages long. Short and easy to digest, the book is a great read for fans of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (LOTR) and author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Background

J.R.R. Tolkien was a contemporary and friend of C. S. Lewis, another writer whose works have impacted me greatly. The two writers influenced one another greatly, and it was Tolkien, a devout Catholic, whose influence drew C. S. Lewis to Christ. Is it any wonder that Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware have been successful in finding God in ‘The Lord of the Rings?’

Book Review

‘Finding God in the Lord of the Rings’ is a series of essays and reflections based upon quotes and concepts found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless classic ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Written by Kurt Bruner, a vice president with Focus on the Family and Jim Ware, author of several other books, ‘Finding God in The Lord of the Rings’ invites the reader to ‘Discover Timeless Truth Among The Hobbits.’

The short chapters start with a bit of the original LOTR story line and a quote. Then the reader is invited to look at both the quote and the story on a deeper spiritual level.

The authors believe the ‘transcendent truths of Christianity bubble up throughout this (LOTR) story, baptizing our imaginations with realities better experienced than studied.’ Bruner and Ware claim the book is not ‘a covert allegory of the gospel,’ and they do not try to make it so. Their stated goal is to ‘explore the inference’ of Tolkein’s imagination.

Conclusion

Whether you are a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and ‘The Lord of the Rings ‘or not, ‘Finding God in The Lord of the Rings’ is well worth a read. However, the book will mean much more to readers who are familiar with Tolkien’s timelss trilogy.

Read more at Finding God in the Lord of the Rings: My Story

Also see:

  • * A toast to J.R.R. Tolkien for his January 3 birthday – author of faith-based Lord of the Rings
  • * Top ten movies of the decade: ‘The Return of the King’ tops ‘At the Movies’ viewers’ list
  • * Andy Serkis (AKA Gollum) to star in ‘The Screwtape Letters’ Radio Theater
  • The Fellowship of J.R.R. Tolkien

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'Finding God in The Lord of The Rings' by Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware–Book Review
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