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Magic and the Lord of the Rings

I have issues with books involving magic.  Therefore I have issues with Tolkein, although my family and other people I respect and hang out with greatly admire him.  Miss 15 posted her thoughts recently in “Magic and The Lord of the Rings”  and I am convinced.  I think.

So I may try Tolkein again.  But I must remember that if I’m reading with a guilty conscience, then it is wrong for me, even though it might be perfectly alright for other Christians to read (Romans 14:22-23). This is always a complicated scenario and can involve much second guessing.

Do hop over to read the article; it’s long but worth pondering.  I am thankful that Miss 15 was able to articulate and support her opinions so clearly.  There’s always so much to learn from my teens!

What about you?  How do you deal with such issues?


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  1. […] of magic, Annie Kate is pondering the dilemma of reading books that contain magic, such as Lord of the Rings. I understand, since there was a time I had warded off all things […]

  2. JoAnn says:

    That was a good post. We are a LOTR family, though not Harry Potter. I personally see a HUGE difference between those two. She wrote a very well thought out article. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Jackie says:

    We are a Christian family as well, so I understand your concerns. We are C. S. Lewis fans. I appreciate the Christian World View in his books. I think some might consider his books full of magic, but really it’s quite the opposite.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing the long post. Oh, if you are looking for homeschool literature, have you tried Homeschoolliterature.com? They have reviews of books by and for homeschoolers. They even have a kids online book club and teacher resources. Love that place!


    1. Annie Kate says:

      Thanks for the link, Jackie. Yes, I find the Narnia books difficult to read too, at times, and apparently I’ve been wrong about the magic there, too. 😉

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