Thomas Nelson (2015)
Summary: 52 Little Lessons From A Christmas Carol is a street-level tour through this much-loved tale of bitterness-turned-benevolence. Bob Welch pauses along the way to examine the wisdom and people Scrooge spent much of his life disregarding in favor of his own selfish pursuits. Welch throws open the shutters on what sometimes is mistaken for a simple, heartwarming Christmas story, revealing a significance that extends far beyond the holiday season. He reminds us that if there is mercy for Ebenezer Scrooge, there must be deliverance in equal measure for us all.
I picked this book because I love A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens so much that I read the book every Christmas and watch a few loved versions of it as movies as well. I’m so glad I chose the book, I would have really missed out on a great book. If you love A Christmas Carol and want to think it through more in depth, this book is for you. It was like a book study but one I enjoyed, not was made to do.
Each lesson is gleaned from the pages of A Christmas Carol in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do. Each lesson really does have to do with the story, who knew there were so many lessons weaved into the book?
At the start of each lesson is a short quote from the story, a movie version, or a book about Charles Dickens, an explanation of when that quote happens, and then a lesson you can learn from that part of the story. References to the bible are scattered throughout only when necessary. I think someone who is not religious would still enjoy the book as the lessons are lessons anyone should follow, not just Christians.
I am glad to have this book and would consider purchasing copies to give as Christmas gifts. The author also has written a 52 little lessons book on Les Miserables and It’s a Wonderful Life.
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