I love musicals. I remember the very first time I saw this on stage; I was in love. From that point on I read and studied the story, the history surrounding it all – I learned how to play the music, I learned every word to every song. It was such a beautiful and powerful experience for me. To this day I still remember, almost word for word, the songs within this musical. 🙂
So when I came across this book – how could I possibly pass it up? This, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, has never grown old. I do not believe that this story will ever lose its value. At its core it speaks of sin, love and redemption. It shows sacrificial living; it is in many ways an excellent example for us as to how we ought to live.
Author Bob Welch, states he did not seek out to analyze this story but rather he sought to answer a question. Not just any question; it did not have anything to do with France and the time period in which Les Miserables historically occurs, but rather a most simple question:“What can it say to me where I am right now?”
These real such simple lessons. Short reads to ponder for our own life. For example: Lesson 6: “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit”; Lesson 26: “The Past Can Be a Springboard to the Future” and Lesson 40: “Self-Pity Morphs Into Selfishness” and one of my favorites, Lesson 38: Perspective Changes Everything. These are just a small sample of the lessons within this book. Certainly we all have much to learn as we grow in Christ. 🙂
Typically lessons begins with a short quote from the original story and then continues discussing a specific event or scene, then moving on to “real life” examples as well as scriptural references Each lesson concludes with a thought provoking question, something that helps to show its application to our own life. They really encourage you to stop and take inventory, and reflect before moving forward.
A good example of this is seen in the character of Valjean; his story and even the characters of those like the Bishop and Enjolras. Fantine and Cosette. There’s so much life within the pages of this book all full of lessons and ways we can grow ourselves in our own lives. I love the depth in the one simple line: “even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Doesn’t that take on a greater meaning when you really stop to consider it?
Such a sweet, simple, valuable read. I do believe this would be wonderful to use as a devotional even. I plan in the near future to space this out, one lesson to ponder over several days. To really seek His word and way in those pages; there is a greater depth that I do not want to miss! Certainly this one is overflowing with the most precious of lessons if we only take the time to really allow the words to sit, just as our tea bag steeps in the cup. I definitely will be reading this one again, as a steeping teabag, that I may gain a greater and stronger understanding from every word.