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52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

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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.

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.


Contributor(s) Bob Welch
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.

ISBN-10 1400206669
ISBN-13 9781400206667
Release Date Oct 7, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.6600
Height 8.25
Width 5.50
Length 224
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Sarah
Overall Rating
I still remember when I had my mom buy me a copy of Les Mis in middle school, the awe I felt as I cracked open the cover and began reading Hugo’s tome brought me in the history and lives of those living in France. The story of Jean Valjean, Cosette, Fantine, Javert and many others enraptured me – and still does to this day – the story is one we can all relate to, we may not be physical prisoners in a cell but we can relate to being a prisoner of something, some sin that holds us, we know the pain of those who can despise us, and many know the love and forgiveness of a loving God. Yes, Les Mis isn’t just a story about the French but about the bigger story in us all so when I saw 52 Little Lesson from Les Miserables I knew I had to read it. Bob Welch gleans much from the pages of Hugo’s book and in doing such he relates the story of Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, the priest Myriel, Javert who ends his own life – to us all – who knew a novel so long ago written would still resonate with so many today?

My goal is to re-read Les Mis when I have some spare time and with it I’ll be re-reading 52 Little Lessons so that Les Mis becomes even more clear and even more life altering. Even though Hugo was not a full out Christian there are many, many Christian values and morals and thoughts throughout the book and Bob Welch seeks to bring that out in his book – there is so much in Les Mis that so much can be overlooked and that is what I liked about 52 Little Lessons is that the little things that are missed he picks up and brings to the reader’s attention. No worries, if you have never read or even seen a movie or theatrical version of Les Mis you’ll still be able to read this book – and it may just have you looking to read or watch a version of Les Mis. From “context matters”, to “the conscience must not be ignored”, to “the law is not enough” 52 Little Lessons will have something that resonates with everyone – I know I can’t pick just one lesson that meant the most because they all spoke to me.

**I was provided a copy of this book from BookLook bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given. (Posted on 12/8/2014)
Review by Brigitte
Overall Rating
52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables by Bob Welch is a nice little book that is greatly thought out. Divided into 52 life lessons, 1 for each week of the year, it showcases biblical thoughts and principals all while relating to Victor Hugo's masterpiece. It is nicely written and easy to follow, even for someone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie (movies/theatrical adaptations). Since I haven't done so myself, I thought I would be totally clueless when it came to understanding this book, but no. The story is well explained and easy to relate too, especially when you add in all the examples and biblical references, I was able to put all the pieces together. All in all, it is well written and an easy read that you can learn much from. The lessons are well explained and not over complicated. From Context to needing each other, love and trusting others, following your conscience and understanding that God hears our pleas for help, the topics are widespread and enticing. Bob Welche's perspective is spot on.
(Posted on 11/29/2014)
Review by Kallee
Overall Rating
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.
I received a copy of this book to review, however, all opinions are my own.
(Posted on 10/1/2014)

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