University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, United States
The University of California, Los Angeles, where Jim Ware received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91182, United States
Fuller Theological Seminary, where Jim Ware received his Master of Arts degree.
(Ezra and his friends, which include the son of the prophe...)
Ezra and his friends, which include the son of the prophet Isaiah and the son of King Ahaz, learn firsthand the terrible consequences of forsaking the Lord and following false gods.
(The Lord of the Rings trilogy is more than a great story....)
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is more than a great story. It's a much-needed reminder that Christians are all on an epic quest. In examining the Christian themes in the trilogy, authors Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware find that truth and fiction are not as far apart as they seem.
(Livy, a personal slave to Procula, wife of Pontius Pilate...)
Livy, a personal slave to Procula, wife of Pontius Pilate, wants her freedom more than anything, but when she encounters Jesus, her ideas of freedom are changed.
(What treasures are hidden in the enchanted woods? More th...)
What treasures are hidden in the enchanted woods? More than just bedtime traditions, more than simple children's literature, the most enduring stories are echoes of the greatest of all stories, the Gospel. God of the Fairy Tale is a collection of spiritual reflections on the truths found in classic fairy tales, truths that point to the ultimate truth about God, redemption, and ourselves.
(When Mike Fowler and his mom move to the dilapidated smal...)
When Mike Fowler and his mom move to the dilapidated small town of Ambrosia in the Arizona desert, he is still agonizing over the loss/disappearance of his dad in the Gulf War. Determined to ferret out the truth about his dad's fate, Mike begins studying books on detective work. As a mystery crops up in Ambrosia, Mike is drawn into the case and, in the process of solving it, comes to know Ben Jones, Wynona Whitefeather, and Spence Martin.
(With a simple hobbit in a simple hobbit-hole, J. R. R. To...)
With a simple hobbit in a simple hobbit-hole, J. R. R. Tolkien opened the window on a whole new world that has captured the imaginations of millions. But The Hobbit - now a major motion picture - is far more than goblin attacks, dragon-hoards, and riddles in the dark. It's a journey that changes a simple hobbit named Bilbo - and us - along the way. In Finding God in The Hobbit, Jim Ware unlocks the mysteries of Middle-earth, sharing insightful reflections on scenes and characters from Tolkien's classic.
(In Finding God in the Story of Amazing Grace authors expl...)
In Finding God in the Story of Amazing Grace authors explore the true story of how God's amazing grace ended the British slave trade.
(Morgan Izaak is obsessed with his father's ancient books ...)
Morgan Izaak is obsessed with his father's ancient books about the legendary Philosopher's Stone. He's even got a little alchemy lab set up in the church tower next door. And when Morgan and his best friend, Eny, find out about another mysterious stone that may be hidden in their own town - the Irish Stone of Destiny, called Lia Fail - he's determined to find it because he thinks it's the last hope for someone he holds dear. But Morgan's not the only one looking for the Stone, and by the time the two middle schoolers realize there's trouble afoot, Morgan has betrayed their friendship, strange creatures are loose in the land, and the Stone is lost, perhaps forever. Can Morgan find a way to help those he loves?
Jim Ware's love of story began as a young child. He read all the classics - Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Robinson Crusoe, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood - as well as Greek and Norse myths retold by Padraic Colum. He also loved poetry and music, and - by the age of twelve, guitar in hand - established a band with some friends. In the late 1960s, their music style went from Lennon and McCartney to the spiritual sounds encompassed by the Jesus Movement.
After three years at California State University studying English and education, Ware's focus switched and he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics. Following his marriage, he entered Fuller Theological Seminary, specializing in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ugaritic languages and obtained a Master of Arts degree in biblical studies with special emphasis on Semitic languages in 1979.
Jim Ware joined the maintenance crew at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood in 1974, where he also taught youth and adult Bible classes. In 1986 he became a staff writer with the multimedia Christian ministry Focus on the Family. When the organization moved to Colorado, Ware and his family moved with them.
It was in association with Focus on the Family that Ware authored his books. His love of story, of the Bible, of history, and of course of children, inspire his works. In his first book Crazy Jacob (2000), Jacob is possessed by demons, and his son, eleven-year-old Andrew, watches as Jesus drives the demons out and turns them into swine. While Evangelical Christian principles are apparent in this story, they are not overwhelming.
In The Prophet's Kid (2001), Shub is the son of the prophet Isaiah. Tired of being the prophet's kid, he and some rebellious friends sneak out to catch a glimpse of idol worship ceremonies and discover they are not all fun and games.
Finding God in the Lord of the Rings (2001) has nearly twenty applications to the Christian lifestyle, all drawn directly from Tolkien's Silmarillion, Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings. Each chapter illustrates a concept from Tolkien's series, explains the Christian message behind the concept, then provides relevant Bible verses. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" series grew out of the author's strong Christian faith.
His other writings include Dangerous Dreams (2001), God of the Fairy Tale: Finding Truth in the Land of Make-Believe (2003), Canyon Quest (2004), Finding God in the Hobbit (2006), Finding God in the Story of Amazing Grace (2007), The Stone of Destiny (2011), and The Stone of Destiny 2 (2014). He also co-authored the Christian book Shedding Light on His Dark Materials: Exploring Hidden Spiritual Themes in Philip Pullman's Popular Series.
He also sings and plays the guitar and hammered dulcimer at Poor Richard's restaurant.
(What treasures are hidden in the enchanted woods? More th...)2003
(Ezra and his friends, which include the son of the prophe...)2001
(When Mike Fowler and his mom move to the dilapidated smal...)2004
(Livy, a personal slave to Procula, wife of Pontius Pilate...)2001
(In Finding God in the Story of Amazing Grace authors expl...)2007
(Morgan Izaak is obsessed with his father's ancient books ...)2011
(The Lord of the Rings trilogy is more than a great story....)2001
(With a simple hobbit in a simple hobbit-hole, J. R. R. To...)2006
Jim Ware married Joan E. McClamont in 1975. The marriage produced six children: Alison, Megan, Bridget, Ian, Brittany, and Callum.