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  Finding God in 

The Lord of the Rings

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Kurt Bruner is a vice president with Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family, where he leads in the creation of books, films, magazines, and radio drama, including the popular Adventures in Odyssey series and the Peabody Award-winning Focus on the Family Radio Theatre Programs.  The author of several books, including The Divine Drama, Kurt lives in Colorado with his wife and four halflings.

Freelance writer Jim Ware is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, and the author of several books.  He became a Tolkien fan during his freshman year of high school during the 60's.  Jim lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and six children.  He wears one ring.

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"Legends and myths are largely made of truth." 

- J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien's Strong Christian Faith

      What many Tolkien fans don't realize is that The Lord of the Rings --- the epic fantasy that has sold over 50 million copies and inspired the recent film trilogy --- grew out of the author's strong Christian faith.  

     From the epic battle between good and evil to the redemptive power of self-sacrifice, the transcendant truths of J.R.R. Tolkien's deep faith are revealed in the adventures of his hobbits and other fictional creatures.  

     This inspirational book of reflections on The Lord of the Rings reveals the supernatural themes that bubble up throughout Tolkien's classic tale of mythic figures and magic rings.  As authors Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware show us, the stories of Tolkien's elves, dwarves, and hobbits is really our story --- a compelling picture of an epic drama playing out on the stage of time.

   Explore Tolkien's timeless story --- and discover the ultimate true story of God.                                      ___________________

"God is the Lord of angels, and of men, --- and of elves."  

- J.R.R. Tolkien    

Discover Timeless Truth Among the Hobbits

     It's been named the most popular book of the twentieth century, but J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is more than just a great story of adventure and triumph.  

     In this all new book of reflections on Tolkien's trilogy, you'll discover deep connections between Earth and Middle earth --- and inspirational truths pointing to God's work in the world.  You'll gain insights into the powerful faith that fueled Tolkien's imagination.

Let yourself be newly inspired by a tale of hope, redemption, and faith against all odds.  And feel your own faith grow as you contemplate your role in another story --- the greatest story of all.  (-from the dust jacket).  ______________________________

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For Tolkien, Christ is the central fact of  reality in all existence.

Tolkien was an Evangelical Roman Catholic who translated the Book of Job from the original Hebrew for The Jerusalem Bible, and who wrote that the central focal point of all human history was the life of Christ, and the central point of Christ's life was his death on the cross and resurrection.  Tolkien belonged to a 6 member writer's club called "The Inklings."  Other members included a writer of Christian Fantasy called George MacDonald, and an atheist who Tolkien led to the Lord, named C. S. Lewis.  Lewis, of course went on to write not only Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy (Perelandra), and The Chronicles of Narnia, but to become the most popular and best-selling Theologian of the Twentieth Century (even though he was technically not even a Theologian!). _______________________________

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