Of Ages Past: The Writing of Anne Marie Gazzolo

"I cannot live without books!" My favorite quote of Thomas Jefferson sums it up! I am the author of Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings, which includes a chapter on The Hobbit. Other WIP's include a book on the journeys of Bilbo and Frodo (due out on their birthday 2018), a volume of poetry about a heroic quest and its aftermath, an original fantasy series, and another series anxiously awaiting its turn! 

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 Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare


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TITLE: Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Rings 
AUTHOR: Anne Marie Gazzolo
PUBLISHER: WestBow Press
PUBLISHED: 10/11/2012
RETAIL PRICE: $17.99 (paperback), $3.99 (ebook)
PAGES: 224
ISBN: 978-1-44976-968-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-44976-967-3 (ebook)
COVER ART: Jef Murray
COVER DESIGN: Margaret Watkins


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In J. R. R. Tolkien’s desire to create a mythology for his homeland, he actually made one for every person, every land, and every age. The Lord of the Rings is a catechism of spiritual warfare cleverly disguised as a fantasy. The struggle against evil that takes place inside its pages is the same one that occurs even now within the soul of each person.


As we cannot leave the field of battle until death takes us from it, we should learn as much as we can about how to fight from those who have labored before us. Certainly the Red Book of Westmarch is one source to use. We may not have to sacrifice ourselves as does Gandalf, but we can learn from him and his wise counsels and from the others who he taught. Frodo guides us as well, as he makes his torturous journey to Mount Doom and endures the Ring’s unceasing temptations. With him, we see that sometimes we overcome our temptations, and at other times they overwhelm us. We also learn, as he and Boromir do, to get back up and start the struggle anew. Sam shows us the height of hope and the depth of devotion. In fact, everyone in the tale, good as well as evil, has something to teach us.


It is my hope you will inspiration within to apply to your life.


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