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Walking With Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings    by Sarah Arthur order for
Walking With Frodo
by Sarah Arthur
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Tyndale, 2003 (2003)

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* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

With the popularity of the trilogy of movies based on The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, people have been flocking to read the book again, or for the first time. The author was a believer in Christ, and Walking with Frodo integrates themes from Tolkien's trilogy with everyday choices and decisions in life.

It is divided into nine weeks of devotions. 'So each of us, like Frodo, is faced with a choice: to humbly perservere in the tasks our Savior-King has chosen for us to do, or to slowly succumb to the darkness.' Each week presents a decision, with topics such as: darkness or light, pride or humility, deceit or honesty, and despair or hope.

Part one of each section gives the first choice, along with a reading based on The Lord of the Rings . Bible verses clarify and emphasize points made. Highlighted characters' decisions in regards to the theme are discussed, as well as what happened to the character after making that particular choice. For example, in the section about darkness, Gandalf's confrontation with the Balrog shows the contrast between darkness and light. Scripture passages accentuate the ideas. Finally, 'Going Further' presents questions for discussion or journaling to apply the truths learned to life. Part Two takes the second option of the pair through the same steps.

This is an excellent choice for those wanting to explore the deeper messages in The Lord of the Rings , showing how to use the Bible to enhance the reading experience. I found the 'Going Further' questions to be thought provoking and to encourage action. For instance, in the section about disunity, issues such as 'How have you let wounded pride or personal ambitions stand in the way of getting along with others? And what are you going to do about it?' challenge the reader to carry out change.

There are many different people in the world, and entertainment tastes vary from person to person. This is a unique devotional with appeal to those who love fantasy books and movies. Christian devotees of The Lord of the Rings should put Walking with Frodo at the top of their Christmas list.

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