The Hobbit Now Turning Into A Trilogy

I recently shared that I am now re-reading The Hobbit, all in preparation for the release of part one of the film in December (see the trailer here). It’s been 10 years since I read the book, which was also my first time to read through the series. I’m only two chapters in, but it has been nice to re-join the story.

But here is something quite interesting to come across just yesterday – Peter Jackson is now saying The Hobbit will be released as a trilogy itself.

Yep. The article starts out by stating: Continue reading

Re-reading The Hobbit

Many of you will be aware that, starting this coming December, The Hobbit film will be released in two parts – December 2012 and December 2013. In preparation for the upcoming release, I have begun to re-read The Hobbit. I look forward to enjoying the incredible journey once again.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the film yet, check it out below. Continue reading

Re-reading The Shack

Five years ago this month, William Paul Young self-published a book that would become a New York Times bestseller, selling a million copies in just over one year. Of course, that book is known as The Shack. I first read the book in the late summer of 2008, posting a more positive 3-article review – article 1, article 2, article 3. I gave a more detailed, in-depth review due to some of the negative hubbub created within the evangelical church, which as with Rob Bell’s Love Wins, it probably created more sales than it deterred.

Over the past months, I have been drawn to pick up the book again, read it afresh after all the craze (both positive and negative) has died down. Maybe I am being drawn back to the book as Mack was drawn back to the shack where his daughter was horribly slain. I have no such tragedy in my life that compares to that of the storied account ofThe Shack, but I do expect to learn as I re-engage with the book this time around, something about God and his good purposes in the midst of tragedy.

We shall see.

On a side note, it grieves me to read of the lawsuit that took place in 2010 over the royalties for the book. It seems Young and former partners of Windblown Media, Wayne Jacobsen and Brad Cummings. Nevertheless, I pick up the book with the anticipation of engaging with God as I turn the pages.

Inheritance Cycle

I’m just finishing up an intense fiction-epic series known as The Inheritance Cycle, a 4-book sequence of 2800+ pages authored by Christopher Paolini. It’s in the vein of something like the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. I love fantasy fiction and so I was easily drawn into this series.

There was one beautiful little section I wanted to quote here, which gives insight into the series, but also speaks into some of the things worth considering with regards to the perspective of the ancient Hebrews-Jews who crafted the Scriptures.

Here is a little background to the characters referred to in the section I shall quote:

  • Eragon is the main character, a young boy coming from a small town in the greater land of Alagaësia, but who has now grown into a brave dragon rider.
  • Saphira is Eragon’s dragon. Saphira communicates via her mind, since dragons cannot officially talk, though Eragon can communicate via both spoken words and mind.
  • Glaedr is a very old and wise dragon who was killed in an earlier battle, but his spirit or essence has lived on and can communicate via the mind as well.

And now to the selection from the book: Continue reading