Monday, January 19, 2015

52 Life Lessons from Les Miserables

In 52 Life Lessons from Les Miserables, Bob Welch provides readers with a unique devotional/teaching resource. Over the course of 52, easy to read, and short chapters, Welch not only examines a well beloved tale recognized through print, stage, song, and film but challenges readers to think about themes of life and faith which can be gleaned from the words and notes of this beloved tale.

I loved the premise of Welch's book. Les Mis has long been one of my favourite reads and the opportunity to get a different perspective on the book and how it connects with life and faith was irresistible. As a busy mom, I appreciated the book's come and go nature, with each chapter falling between 2-4 pages it was simple to pick up as life allowed, knowing that each chapter was essentially self-contained and ready to be read in passing or mulled over while going about the day. Finally, even though a book merely a fraction of the length of the original cannot hope to cover everything I was impressed at the wide breadth of events and characters Welch managed to weave into 52 Life Lessons.While centered on Val Jean, many dear, familiar characters were recognized well principal scenes were highlighted.

My only disappointment was that with the length of the chapters, the ability for depth was also sacrificed to a degree. However, that said, I've struggled with this in many books since finishing college.

Overall, Welch has presented a strong offering in 52 Life Lessons from Les Miserables that will allow a wide audience to step into the world of a beloved classic while exploring their own faith.

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