Ebook Special for A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson

Now through March 13, the ebook of A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Matthew Dickerson is only $3.99 (77% off) from the following participating retailers:

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“Through his own close readings of The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, Dickerson examines the lessons we can learn from hobbits and their vision of the Good Life, relating those lessons to our own lives.”
Publishers Weekly

 

“Serious students of Tolkien will enjoy Dickerson’s in-depth treatment of many literary and theological themes.”
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy has delighted millions of fans worldwide in book and movie form. With the theatrical release of the two-part film The Hobbit slated for 2012 and 2013, attention will once again turn to J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic works. In a culture where truth is relative and morality is viewed as old-fashioned, we welcome the chance to view the world through hobbit eyes: we have free will, our choices matter, and living a morally heroic life is possible.

In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Tolkien expert Matthew Dickerson shows how a Christian worldview and Christian themes undergird Tolkien’s Middle-earth writings and how they are fundamentally important to understanding his vision. This revised and expanded edition of Following Gandalf includes new material on torture, social justice, and the importance of the body.

Matthew Dickerson (PhD, Cornell University) is professor of computer science and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and a popular speaker on Tolkien. He directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf and is the author of From Homer to Harry PotterThe Mind and the MachineNarnia and the Fields of Arbol; and Ents, Elves, and Eriador.

The Weekly Hit List: December 20, 2013

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was reviewed for Spirituality & Practice.

“Speaking from his role as an evangelical leader, Wallis asks Americans to move from satisfying their appetites to living their values day-by-day: ‘People were made for family, community, and human flourishing, not consumerism, materialism, addiction, and empty overwork.’

“Wallis prophetically criticizes the damaging role money is playing in politics, and he is upset about the growing inequality between the rich and the poor. He ends with praise for the old fashioned values of marriage and parenting, noting with pride his love of being a Little League coach.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Gary Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens, was interviewed for the CBN.com article “Writings of Charles Dickens were inspired by faith.”

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was one of Revangelical Blog’s Best Books of 2013.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was recommended by Dr. Joel Heck as the “Best Biography of Lewis.”

A Life Observed was referenced in “The C.S. Lewis Industry” by The American Spectator.

Testing Scripture by John Polkinghorne was referenced by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was recommended by Shout It Ministries.

A Hobbit Journey was also recommended on Shadows of History.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended on Catholic Cravings.

Excerpt from A Hobbit Journey

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Matthew Dickerson.

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A Hobbit Journey

“Middle-earth,” by the way, is not a name of a never-never land without relation to the world we live in.
—J. R. R. Tolkien

 

Finding Meaning in Fantasy

In October 1958, three years after J. R. R. Tolkien’s long labors writing and revising The Lord of the Rings had reached fruition with its third and final volume at last in print, the author wrote a long and interesting letter to a fan named Rhona Beare. Miss Beare had posed a series of questions about the languages, history, and cultures of Middle-earth. In his response, Tolkien makes what for some readers may seem a very curious claim: Middle-earth, he explains, is our own world, and the tales told in The Lord of the Rings are in some sense connected to our own history.

Now Tolkien acknowledges in this letter that the geology of Middle-earth doesn’t match in details with the geology of our world. As he tells Miss Beare, he considered trying to make these details fit with greater verisimilitude. Before he thought of attempting this, however, the story had already progressed too far. It would have taken too much time and too much work to rewrite his story in order to make Middle-earth more closely tied physically to our world. Despite these geological dissimilarities, however, Tolkien goes on to explain, “I have, I suppose, constructed an imaginary time, but kept my feet on my own mother-earth for place.” And, dismissing the idea put forth by many reviewers that Middle-earth was some other planet, he adds, in clarification of his point, “Middle-earth is . . . a modernization . . . of an old word for the inhabited world of Men” (Letters, 283). What we might say, then, is that Tolkien’s great legendarium—the corpus of all his stories, legends, and histories of Middle-earth, which many readers and scholars alike consider the preeminent work of otherworldly literature—was not about another world at all, but about our world.

 

©2012 by Matthew Dickerson. Published by Brazos Press. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

The Weekly Hit List: November 8, 2013

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed in Tolkien Journal.

“Dickerson’s main thrust, then and now, is wrestling with one of the common criticisms we hear from Tolkien’s detractors:  that LOTR glorifies war and violence.  So he carefully looks at the battles, at how they are described, and at how the heroes respond to them, participate in them, think and talk about them, and feel about it afterward. . . .

“Wrestling with significant questions as they are raised and answered by details of plot and texture of passage, Dickerson shows a profound understanding of what literature is and therefore of how it should be studied.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was reviewed by Dr. Trent Nicholson.

Nicole  Baker Fulgham wrote “Resurrecting Detroit” for Q Ideas.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was recommended by Hearts & Minds Books.

Christine Colón, co-author of Singled Out, appeared on Connected Faith with Neil Stavem.

 

Ebook Specials:

God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World by Dean Nelson is only $1.99 (88% off) through November 10.

The Weekly Hit List: June 21, 2013

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by Sarita Fowler with J. Scott Horrell for Bibliotheca Sacra.

“This work calls for a close reading but is not out of reach of most readers.

“As he envisions a harmonious world, or the need to strive for one, Volf emerges as a majestic thinker and architect for how public Christian expression can function.

“With careful reading A Public Faith will benefit anyone interested in the intersection of Christianity and other religions.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

On God’s Side Media:

“All Sides with Ann Fisher” on WOSU 89.7 NPR News.

“The Post-Cynical Christian” on Sojourners

“Would Jesus Love Ayn Rand Economics?” on CosortiumNews.com

 

Quick Hits:

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was recommended by Sojourners.

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Sian Williams.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was reviewed by Matthew Vaughan for Christian Scholar’s Review.

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K. A. Smith was reviewed by Thomas Creedy.

Letters to a Young Calvinis was also recommended by David G. Moore on Jesus Creed.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

June ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 60% off.

Reclaiming the Body by Joel Shuman and Brian Volck M.D.
From Homer to Harry Potter by Matthew Dickerson and David O’Hara
Conversations with Poppi about God by Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold
Understanding Paul by Stephen Westerholm
What Christians Believe about the Bible 
by Don Thorsen and Keith Reeves

Summer Book Giveaway

To kick off the summer, we are giving away five books to one lucky Brazos Blog reader.

 

On Gods Side

On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good
by Jim Wallis

| 9781587433375 | $21.99 | April 2013 |

Jim Wallis thinks our life together can be better. In this timely and provocative book, he shows us how to reclaim Jesus’s ancient and compelling vision of the common good—a vision that impacts and inspires not only our politics but also our personal lives, families, churches, neighborhoods, and world.

 

Educating All God's Children

Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should–Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids
by Nicole Baker Fulgham

| 9781587433276 | $17.99 | April 2013 |

An education expert calls Christians to champion urgently needed reform and provides concrete steps to help all children get the quality public education they deserve.

 

 

Of Games and GodOf Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games
by Kevin Schut

| 9781587433252 | $16.99 | January 2013 |

A communications expert and enthusiastic gamer offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian perspective on video games and video game culture.

 

 

 

APublicFaith

A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good
by Miroslav Volf

| 9781587433436 | $17.99 | May 2013 |

An intellectual and applied Christian engagement with what it really means to flourish as human beings in relationship to God and one another.

 

 

A Hobbit JourneyA Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth
by Matthew Dickerson

| 9781587433009 | $16.99 | September 2012|

An expert on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy shows how a Christian worldview and themes undergird Tolkien’s classic works.

 

 

 

The Weekly Hit List: March 8, 2013

Of Games and God

 

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was reviewed by Richard Clark for The Gospel Coalition.

“Schut provides with Of Games and God the only extensive and balanced consideration of the medium I’ve yet seen.

“Not only is the book broad and open-ended enough to remain relevant for years to come, but it is also informed and nuanced enough to be taken seriously by thoughtful fans and critics alike.

“Both sides will find plenty here to consider.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

 

Quick hits:

Kevin Schut spoke at Spring Arbor University on the subject of video games and ethics on February 19, 2013. Video is available here.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was recommended by pastor Tom Nelson.

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was recommended by Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended by David of Thoughts of a Faithful Skeptic.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

March ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 50% off.

Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R.
Performing the Faith by Stanley Hauerwas
Preface to Theology by John Howard Yoder
Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye
Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would by Chad W. Thompson

The Weekly Hit List: February 22, 2013

Speaking of DyingSpeaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was reviewed by pastor Conrade Yap.

“I am deeply grateful for this book because it shines light into a dark place where few people dare to tread. It speaks into the needs of people who struggle with the questions of death and dying.

“Above all, as it helps the Church recover her voice for speaking hope to the dying, it also illuminates ways in which pastors, preachers, leaders, and concerned believers can participate in the ministry of caring for the dying.

“Well written and researched, intelligent and practical, this book is a strongly recommended reference book for all in Christian ministry and leadership. As much as we all want to live well, we need also to learn what it means to die well. This book provides much wisdom and guidance.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Christian Smith, author of The Bible Made Impossible, appeared on Dr. Bill Maier Live on Faith Radio.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, appeared on Relevant Magazine‘s web site with the article “Do Video Games Cause Violence?“.

Darkness Is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight was recommended as one of “My Top 5 Books on Mental Illness” by Amy Simpson on Christianity Today.

Matthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, wrote an article for The High Calling: “The Slippery Slope of Idolatry.”

 

Cross-Shattered Christ Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Phillip Johnston, Laura Nickelson, Glenn Davis, Andrew Jacobs, and Cameron Merrill.

They have each won a copy of Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words by Stanley Hauerwas on The Brazos Blog.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

February ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 41% off.

Abraham (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Paul (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
David (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Peter (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Gospels (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
Women of the Torah (Ancient-Future Bible Study) by Stephen J. Binz
A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis by Craig L. Blomberg
Magnifying God in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

The Weekly Hit List: February 1, 2013

Speaking of DyingSpeaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was chosen by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of their Top 10 Books of the Year.

This book offers a critical analysis of the church’s failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying.

They explore how dying–in baptism–begins and informs the Christian’s life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a “good dying.” In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was chosen as the “Most Timely Re-Issue” of 2012 by Hearts & Minds Books“What is so interesting about this is how seamlessly Dickerson weaves together contemporary social ethics — from justice issues to questions about the body — and the Tolkien narratives.”

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was chosen the “Most Needed Re-Issue” of 2012 by Hearts & Minds Books“I think everyone who votes should read this book! Just Politics is one of the year’s best.”

Soulful Spirituality by David Benner was recommended by Steve Saccone.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended by Matthew Barrett on Credo.com.

 

February Ebook Specials:

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The Weekly Hit List: January 25, 2013

A Hobbit JourneyMatthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, was interviewed by Pieter Collier on Tolkien Library.

Q: “There are many books written with a ‘Hobbit’ connection these days, but not many get such nice reviews, what makes your book different?”

A: ” I think I have written in an engaging way. I think I’ve asked good questions. And I think there is a nice narrative arc to my book. Each time I answer one question it leads to more questions, and eventually I think it ties together nicely. I think the book does lead to a deeper understanding of Tolkien, but also explores ideas that are important in life. . . .

“I guess if I had to boil it all down, I think maybe the key aspect of my book that makes it successful is that it does provide what you might call ‘scholarly insights’ into Tolkien’s writing that an average reading might not see or be aware of, but the book doesn’t feel too academic. It is readable.”

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

 

Quick Hits:

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Timothy Stege for Faith Village.

It was also recommended by [D]mergent.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by George McGuire on The Network.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, had an article appear on The High Calling.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was cited in a post on Mere Orthodoxy.

In the Ruins of the Church by R. R. Reno was recommended by Christopher Benson.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

Don’t miss the last week of our January ebook specials, which are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 40% off.

Commentary on the New Testament by Robert H. Gundry
The Character of Christian Scripture by Christopher R. Seitz
Creator Spirit by Steven R. Guthrie
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics edited by Joel B. Green
Genesis (BTCB) by R. R. Reno
Flawed Families of the Bible by David E. Garland and Diana R. Garland
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

 

Of Games and God Giveaway Winners:

Congratulations to Glora DeGaetano, Timothy Dwight Davis, Jason Gardner, Chris Broussard, and Glenn E. Davis.

They have each won a copy of Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games by Kevin Schut on The Brazos Blog.

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.