Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels, musicals, and films of all time: Les Misérables.
In 52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables, Bob Welch walks readers through Hugo’s masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely spiritual reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Welch reminds us that Jean Valjean’s life provides the truest example of why real love is found in the grittiest places, and that hearts are made whole beneath the crush of mercy. Most important, though, Welch keeps returning to the intersections of faith and reality throughout Hugo’s writing—those places where mercy becomes an inroad to the heart, and where love is only truly received when it is given without condition.
Discover again why life’s purpose is found not in attending to personal needs and desires, but in responding to the hearts of others.
|About the Contributor(s)||Bob Welch
Bob Welch is the author of 12 books, an award-winning columnist, a speaker, and an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His articles have been published in inspirational books, including the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
|Publish Date||Oct 7, 2014|
- Review by Kallee
I was so excited to open this book and read it. I have long been a fan of both the Les Miserables book and the musical. There are so many layers in this story to think about. I have myself thought about how the situations in Les Mis correspond with teachings in the Bible, so I was very interested to see what Bob Welch had to say. I was impressed that the author was able to condense the story of Les Mis at the beginning of his book into under 1,000 words. It helped remind me of some of the aspects of the story. I enjoyed the writing as it was easy to understand and not over done. Each of the 52 lessons comprise a separate chapter, so if you have just 5 minutes a day you can read a chapter as they are not very long. Each chapter takes a couple of paragraphs to explain the scene being addressed so the story is familiar. I also like that Welch talks about the novel and the musical version of the story. I have read the book and seen the musical and the movie so it is nice to explore them all. This is a book that will stay on my shelf to reference in the future and also one other members of my family are wanting to read.
I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions are my own.
(Posted on 10/1/2014)