Confession: the first time I tried to read the Lord of the Rings I did not make it through the first book. I was a ten year old girl in that awkward stage between children’s books and adult novels, and the richness and depth of Tolkien’s writing was a hair beyond my grasp.
It was not until this past year that I picked the books up again as a part of Tea With Tolkien’s book club. I devoured Fellowship of the Ring ahead of schedule and was surprised by how much I loved the simplicity and adventure that Tolkien’s writing is known for. I was about to pick up The Two Towers when TWT’s founder Kaitlyn informed me that she was writing a companion journal. She graciously provided me with a review copy, and it was here that I felt like I had stumbled onto something remarkable.
The Two Towers Journal (like hobbits) is all about the little things: the beautiful font, ample space for writing and note taking, and a perfect mix of reflective prompts and action items. The cover is well designed, and the journal is letter-sized: making it portable and easy to carry. I just threw mine in my purse when I was out and about and it was convenient for whenever I found a moment to read. I did not think that I was a big reading journal person, but this was the book that made me change my mind.
This reflection journal was a great way to bring some intention into reading The Two Towers: with a review for every chapter it reminds the reader to pause and absorb what Tolkien and our hobbit friends are trying to teach us about God and the journey we are all on. Each chapter review highlights key quotes from the text, joining critical plot moments with quotes from the Saints and scripture. This journal is not just surface deep either: the prompts in this journal pushes you to turn inward and confront your shortfalls and sins. I personally struggled with one of the questions from Book 3, Chapter 10: “Ask yourself, am I seeking control instead of cooperation?” I have never had the idea presented to me in such a manner, and being a person who struggles with control I was knocked on my heels.
If you are looking for a great way to step up your reading, and really sink deeper into the richness that Middle Earth provides, I would recommend using this journal. It’s a beautiful tool for both the Tolkien scholar and the casual reader alike, and there is something for everyone.
Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner and thank you for everyone who participated! I enjoyed meeting so many new and amazing people. Stay tuned for another giveaway in the near future!
Now for the giveaway! Kaitlyn was generous enough to provide me a copy of the journal to give away to one of my followers. This basket has everything you might need for a relaxing afternoon or evening escape: The Two Towers and journal, a bath bomb, indulgent tea, blueberry truffles, a cozy candle and a 8 x 11 portrait of the White Tree of Gondor sewn by yours truly. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below! Giveaway opens June 8 and closes June 14, 2017 midnight EST: open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.