Bob Welch is the author of seventeen 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.
Bob believes in changing the world one word at a time. Read more about Bob and his writing and speaking schedule at bobwelch.net.
Whether on stage, page, or screen, few stories engage the heart quite the way Les Miserables does. From the agony of Fantine's sorrow to the beauty of Jean Valjean's broken spirit, it is a story that reminds us only love can overcome the devastation of life's suffering.
In 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables, author Bob Welch illuminates the spiritual themes woven throughout Victor Hugo's magnificent story of anguish, mercy, suffering, and forgiveness in the face of adversity. Through this collection of insights, we remember Jean Valjean's transformation, the bishop's compassion, and the redemption that flows from it. We are reminded that even the coldest heart can thaw, and that mercy can transform us all from teh worst to the best versions of ourselves. Through the individual plights of the bishop, Valjean, Fantine, Cossette, Javert, Marus, and Eponine, Welch reminds us that Christlike love, at its purest, restores us all in beautiful ways.
One of the quotes Welch uses in 52 Lessons from Les Miserables is this one from St. Augustine:
"God gives where He finds empty hands. A man whose hands are full of parcels can't receive a gift."Welch has offered readers, Les Miserables fans or not, a gift. While the title has the word "little" in it and each one of the 52 chapters are "short", don't let those descriptive words fool you on the value of the content. Welch seems to be a man of few words, but his words count.
In the 150 years since Hugo's original book was published, there have been hundreds of theatrical productions, around thirty films and multiple written commentaries. I believe Welch's book could be the most valuable because he pulls out the themes of death and resurrection, law and grace, wrongdoing and redemption and shows his readers this story through a gospel lens.
I highly recommend this book which would be perfect for use weekly in the new year as a devotional aid, for use with a small group, or for a book club discussion (questions are included in the book).
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of review as part of the Book Look Bloggers group.
You can order your copy at Amazon.com HERE.
Happy New Years Ya'll,