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J.R.R. Tolkien – Book Review

PhotobucketJ.R.R. Tolkien is part of the Christian Encounters Series, “a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church.”  I downloaded J.R.R. Tolkien in EPUB format to my iPod touch to read.

We’re big fans of Tolkien’s works in my family.  As I write this, we’re having a Lord of the Rings marathon – watching all the Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back.  I studied the Lord of the Rings in university, already having read it multiple times by that time, dating back to when I was 11 years old.  I learned a lot by reading this book – it turned out I didn’t know all that much about Tolkien!

Tolkien was homeschooled in the early years, and his own mother taught him Latin and French.  You probably already know that Tolkien was a linguist – most people are in awe of the Elven languages he created.  Did you know he worked for two years on the Oxford English Dictionary?  He even said that he learned more in those two years than at any other time of his life!

He also was a big fan of Norse mythology and all things Icelandic, including the language.  Norse tales highly influenced his writing of The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, etc.  Did you also know he was a Christian, a good friend of C.S. Lewis’, and had a hand in Lewis’ becoming a Christian?

This is a terrific book to read for Tolkien fans, and it was interesting to read and not “dry” as one usually expects of biographies.  I’ll be handing the e-book for my son to read next, as part of his homeschool studies.

Retail price for both print or e-reader (EPUB, Kindle, etc) versions is $12.00 US.  You can read a sample of the book by clicking on “full-screen flipbook” HERE.  I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Heroes & Villains of the Bible by Thomas Nelson – e-book Review

PhotobucketFor the past couple of weeks, we’ve been enjoying the Heroes & Villains of the Bible e-book on my iPod touch.  This is a children’s Bible, with selected text from the International Children’s Bible version, and is recommended for ages 9-12. Excerpts from 50 Bible stories, about heroes from Noah to Mary and villains from Satan to Judas, encourage children to be “real heroes”.

While my 7 year old daughter is capable of reading the text, she would still rather read a Bible story in more of a story format instead of in chapter and verse (and is currently enjoying her Thomas Nelson First Study Bible).  So, I will be keeping this handy for when she is just a little older and can enjoy it more.  She did enjoy discussing the stories though.  There are thoughts and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, and always a statement about what “real heroes” do.  This is great for character-building.  I found the full-colour illustrations kind of odd looking, like not-very-well-done 3D animation, but my daughter didn’t seem to mind, just exclaimed in excitement at recognizing some  of her Bible favourites.

Heroes & Villains of the Bible is available as a hard cover book or as an e-book, in EPub, Mobi, and PRC format (I downloaded the EPub version for my iPod touch).  Check for availability at your local or online bookseller.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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