Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: 52 Little Lessons From Les Miserables by:Bob Welch


About the Book:
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 Miserables."

In "52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables," 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 Author:
Bob Welch is the author of seventeen books, including 52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life, 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.

My Review:
 For those of you that enjoy Les Miserables the author Bob Welch has put together 52 lessons of Biblical wisdom. I have never really been interested in Hugo's masterpiece, so I actually received this book to review on a whim of sorts and was pleasantly surprised. So I decide I would read through the book for my readers and let you know the low down on this one. The author offers us 52 lessons related to the story and characters from Les Miserables and I believe my favorite was Lesson number 47 entitled Religion Isn't the Answer.

 Here the author speaks of Hugo's speaking on Jean Valjean and his personality type and how it compared to that of Jesus. He notes that they were very similar in their thinking. Jean Valjean as well as our beloved Savior were not about the religion of things but about the human heart and this shines through in His words and deeds. Our Savior relies on our love for Him to teach us and to grow us. I enjoyed the authors writings and hope to read more in the future.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.