Book reviews + reflections

 

The Simple Life According to Hobbits

The Simple Life According to Hobbits

“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” This quote has entranced me since I first read it. Not in an actual text, as you might expect from a self-proclaimed Tolkien fanatic; but from a pinned blog post on Pinterest. In an online world defining simplicity as...

Brief Thoughts on Leaf by Niggle

Brief Thoughts on Leaf by Niggle

I decided to read Leaf by Niggle with no knowledge of it other than it being a short story by Tolkien that Stephen Colbert mentioned while giving audiences a rundown of just how big of a Tolkien fan he is. When Tea with Tolkien set the 30 Days in the Shire challenge,...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

We've made it through the darkness. We've maintained hope that light will emerge, that good will overcome. We're ready to celebrate. Tolkien's tale of Middle Earth is like a traditional epic in that it follows a story of good versus evil where good comes out on top in...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Last week, I mused over themes of darkness and light in Tolkien's works, linking them to the prevailing theme of light overcoming darkness that we recognize during Advent. This week, I move to the two themes represented by weeks one and two of the traditional Advent...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent is upon us! For those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition and traditional church year calendar, Advent is more than a calendar counting down the days towards Christmas. Instead, it is a season all its own and one of significance in the Christian faith. In...

In Defense of Imagination | The Celtic Way of Prayer

In Defense of Imagination | The Celtic Way of Prayer

"I am taken back beyond the party labels and the denominational divisions of the Church today, beyond the divides of the Reformation or the schism of East and West. I am also taken beyond the split of intellect and feeling, of mind and heart, that came with the growth...

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