52-Little Lessons from Les Miserables by Bob Welch explores Bible-bases wisdom from the popular novel: Les Miserables. Welch directs the reader through different scenes from Victor Hugo’s remarkable novel adding commentary about faith and verses from the Bible. The main character Jean Valjean provides us with many instances where faith and reality can meet.
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.
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