52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables by Bob Welch

By Bob Welch

Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts fifty two nuggets of Bible-based knowledge from essentially the most well known novels, musicals, and movies of all time: Les Misérables.

In 52 Little classes from Les Misérables, Bob Welch walks readers via Hugo's masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely non secular reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Welch reminds us that Jean Valjean's lifestyles presents the truest instance of why true love is located within the grittiest locations, and that hearts are made complete underneath the overwhelm of mercy. most crucial, even though, Welch retains returning to the intersections of religion and truth all through Hugo's writing—those areas the place mercy turns into an inroad to the guts, and the place love is simply really acquired whilst it's given with no situation.

Discover back why life's goal is located now not in getting to own wishes and needs, yet in responding to the hearts of...

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1 —HUGO, ON VALJEAN THE GOODNESS THAT VALJEAN-TURNED-MADELEINE DOES IN Montreuil-sur-Mer goes on and on. He embraces the bereavement of others, seeks out funerals to attend, that he might encourage those in mourning. He makes sure ten new beds are added to the hospital. He pays teachers out of his own pocket. He teaches peasants how to better cultivate crops. He establishes a home for old and infirm laborers—on his own nickel, er, franc. He does all this while seeking no credit for his good deeds.

Were there to be a knock on his door late one night, the guest would probably not be allowed in as Valjean was. ) Today, social media gives us more temptations to twist the truth on who we really are. To hide our dark sides and ballyhoo the light. In essence, to be who we’d like people to think we are and not necessarily who we really are. But what resonates with people is those who say one thing and do that one thing. In the case of the bishop, a man who comes across as humble, giving, and noble—and when put to the test, proves to be humble, giving, and noble.

Look down, look down. 2 But Myriel treats Valjean like a king. Javert, a prison guard, is quick to establish a we-they relationship to remind the prisoner that Javert is good (high) and Valjean is bad (low)—and should be looked down upon. But the bishop gives Valjean credence nobody else does. 3 Perhaps Valjean returns to the bishop’s house because Myriel is the first one in Valjean’s life to speak of hope instead of hopelessness. Myriel treats Valjean as if the former convict is the embodiment of hope.

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