To All My Hobbit Friends

On the Shoulders of Hobbits book reviewWhether Real, Allegorical or Imaginary!
As the third and final installment of The Hobbit is just about upon us, I want to give you a STRONG recommendation. I URGE you my fellow Hobbits, to take some time and go really deep on the immense spirituality and virtue that is found in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.

You will enjoy the movie(s) far more when you understand the lessons and "secrets" they contain. 

I am quite far through (but not quite finished with) a wonderful book. It is:

A Swift Sunrise

One of My FAVORITE Scenes in the Lord of the Rings

Here is the link to the clip in the movie. It is during the battle of Gondor. The forces of Mordor are overwhelming the city. Gandalf and Pippen have been in battle, have a brief respite and Pippen makes a comment about not thinking the adventure would end this way.

After you have watched the scene, here is my rendition of images that capture this moving conversation.

End this way.
Return of the King, Gandalf, swift sunrise 01

May Your Day Have Some Eucatastrophe In It

I am a huge fan of Tolkien and Lewis. I think there is great value in leaders reading such authors and allowing their insights to shape our inner life out of which we lead. Tolkien and Lewis both speak from a profound Christian worldview. Here are three images/quotes from Tolkien on which I recently reflected and taught.

The theme of EUCATASTROPHE is a profound one. It is the joyful ending for which we are hardwired as human beings. We love happy endings. We long for them. We miss them. The Gospel story begins in a world of great joy and Original Happiness - the Garden of Eden. The Gospel story ends in a world of great joy and Eternal Happiness - the New Creation. Smack in the middle is another eucatastrophe - incarnation and resurrection. These realities MUST define our inner world out of which we lead. This is the true source of all emotional intelligence - love, joy, peace, hope, gratitude, faith, courage and more.

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