Brandon Vogt

Book Giveaway (10 copies): “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War”


“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached. Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson, today I’m giving away TEN copies of a new book on the Inklings, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War.


A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918

by Joseph Loconte
Thomas Nelson, 256 pages, hardcover

HobbitWar-3DsingleThe untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.

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(Since I’m covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)

  • imagine6

    My husband is a new convert and he’d enjoy reading this. 🙂

  • Jessica Marie

    I love Tolkien

  • Nick

    I would love to read this book!

  • Roberta B.

    very interesting!

  • Jason

    Tolkein, Lewis, and History in one book!

  • Connie Naylor

    I want to learn more about Tolkien and Lewis. This book is a perfect way to doing that.

  • Traci Guynup

    I have read Narnia and the Hobbit both several times. I really disliked the movie versions of Narnia because they seemed hollow without Christ.i would love to learn more about both of the writers.

  • Colleen P

    The title is very intriguing and I’d love to learn more about these two great authors!

  • Ashleigh

    Hi Brandon, I really enjoy your blog and your YouTube channel. I’m a huge bibliophile too and I adore C.S. Lewis and Tolkein. I’ll read anything about the First World War so this another reason I’d love to read the book.

  • Mike

    I love Tolkien & Lewis. I had never considered them in the context of their time.

  • Amy MacKinnon

    I’d love to read this since I’m a huge fan of both, and use them both to talk about Christianity and Catholicism in parishes

  • Gentillylace

    World War I and how it impacted culture intrigue me. How did Lewis and Tolkien break the tide and become prominent Christian writers, when so many other writers and intellectuals affected by World War I find it impossible to believe in Christian orthodoxy?


    great book, I am no fan of the series, but I like them

  • Tiffany Nash

    Sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  • John P. Maranto

    I enjoy Tolkien, Lewis, and military history. The book sounds interesting!

  • Brenda Schlehuber-Lovett

    I would love to win this book.

  • TJPW

    Looks like a fun read.

  • Elizabeth Wilson

    Sounds like fascinating reading and combines an interest in that time period with a love of the work of Tolkien and Lewis!

  • Katherine

    Sounds like a winner!!

  • RooforLife

    Looks to be a very interesting read that I would share with others after reading myself.

  • Gina Pena Dettmer

    I would like to read this in order to bridge the writers and their works with the history they represent an the impact of this on our present and future. My daughter would love this as well.

  • Because Tolkein and Chesterton. ‘Nuff said.

  • pom5

    I want to read this book because I love Tolkien and Lewis! Finding threads of Catholicism and theology in their works is so rewarding, and I want to learn more about two of my favorite authors and how their theology inspires their writing.

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