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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)|
Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels of all time, A Christmas Carol.
- "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."
- "No space of regret can make amends for one lifes opportunity misused."
- "God bless us, every one."
The lessons and stories from the beloved novel A Christmas Carol point to bedrock values we all share. Award-winning author Bob Welch takes readers deeper into the nuances of this classic by Charles Dickens. From the miserliness of Scrooge to the innocence of Tiny Tim, 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol will inspire readers to live for what really matters, not only at Christmas, but all year long.
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.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Get more than just entertainment from Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL this year.November 21, 2015MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't know how much Dickens's A Christmas Carol has affected the Christmas culture of other countries, but it is deeply ingrained in America's Christmas lore despite its British setting. That Victorian era snow covered streets and people with bonnets and top hats conjure visions of Christmas nearly as much as the stable or the sleigh. We receive or send cards adorned with period inspired drawings (much like the book's cover). Why in a neighboring town to ours, there is a "Dickens of a Christmas" every year and shop windows for one night look like the shops near Scrooge's office.
You may not know this, but Charles Dickens was a 19th Century rock star of literature. When he came to America, crowds waited at the docks to meet his arriving ship. He was known to sign 500 autographs at a time for admiring fans. Some of his writings were released in serial form, making the waiting for the next installment equivalent to waiting for the next season of Downton Abbey. While most of his books exceed 500 pages, the one title most modern Americans recognize is his novella The Christmas Carol has fewer than 125. Whether you've read the actual book or seen one of the many movie versions, you certainly know the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his selfish, stingy ways. Why his last name in lower case form is now recognized as a noun meaning a cold-hearted, stingy person.
Bob Welch's new holiday book 52 LITTLE LESSONS FROM A CHRISTMAS CAROL beckons you to look at this classic with new eyes. First, the author shares the social and political climate which spurred Dicken's to write the novella and then he shares "little life lessons" drawn from the actions of Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's nephew, and of course, Tiny Tim. With 52 lessons, and each one being only a few pages, the concept of the book seems to fit a schedule of one per week over a year's time span but I know I would set aside a Christmas topic mid-year, so I recommend planning to read Welch's title as an accompaniment to reading the actual novel or watching your favorite movie version. Or why not schedule a family Christmas Carol marathon? Read the story orally over a couple nights (maybe with family members taking roles), then watch more than one movie version, and each time share several of the lessons provided by Welch. 52 LESSONS would make a great gift and is sure to be one that can be read each Christmas season or passed on to many readers in the extended family.
Here are a couple lesson titles -- Misery Loves Company, Don't Let People Steal Your Joy, Everyone has Value, and See Life as a Child. I let you wonder how each lesson ties into the story itself. I am sure you can tell that the last one is about Tiny Tim's life attitude. But as Welch explains, there is a strong parallel between Dicken's joyful and hopeful Tiny Tim and Christ's admonishment that we should seek the kingdom of God with the heart of a child. I received a copy of 52 LESSONS FROM A CHRISTMAS CAROL from BOOKLOOK for my honest review. I encourage you to find this title, and if you find it as entertaining as I did, then check out Welch's books 52 LESSONS FROM IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and 52 LESSONS FROM LES MISERABLES.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Have for Fans of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol or just Christmas in general!November 2, 2015Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just in time for the Christmas season, Bob Welch has released this amazing and beautiful Christmas inspirational book, 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol. In it you will find those fond moments in the movie A Christmas Carol and how we can use those moments to impact our lives and those around us to help draw people closer to Christ in ways like never before. Most people have watched the movie The Christmas Carol and can identify with the them of the restoration and forgiveness and renewal Ebenezer Scrooge experiences in the course of one evening through the four spirits that visit him. He gets the opportunity to make amends before his life ends and therefore condemning him to the same fate of his partner Bob Marley.
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge probably stands out in all of literature as the one of the most redemptive - a hopeful portrait of a life radically remade and one that will inspire us all to take into consideration the little life lessons that can be gleaned when watching A Christmas Carol or perhaps reading it this Christmas in a whole new life and light. Bob Welch reminds us that if there is mercy for Scrooge, there must be deliverance in equal measure for all us in this heartwarming book.
For example in the Lesson 6 "It's About More Than Christmas" we are given a quote at the beginning of each chapter from Charles Dicken's classic novel, A Christmas Carol, and in this case, "The only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely." ~ Scrooge's Nephew, Fred.
"When you think about it, it'd odd that the world selects a particular time of year when everyone is supposed to be nice to everyone else. The unspoken inference is that you should feel no particular responsibility toward others the rest of the year. Oh, sure, children might be told their Christmas cache is dependent on whether they've been naughty or nice all year long, but the overriding message is that this is a special season of kindness.
"Dickens was particularly fond of the Christmas season, and he expressed that fondness in A Christmas Carol through Bob and Fred, the latter of who makes an impassioned defense of Christmas: " a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their hearts freely." Hear! Hear! But shouldn't we amortize such spirit all year long instead of offering only a lump-sum payment come December? The point isn't to deride such others-oriented thinking, but to remind us all that that's how Scripture suggest we should live: All year long, 24/7. Every day. In good times and in bad times. In sickness and in health. Joyfully. With others in mind. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit," says Philippians 2:3. "Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." At Christmastime. and not at Christmastime. All the time." (except from Lesson 6, page 19-20).
I received 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This would make a great gift for anyone who loves Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol or simply looking for a great inspirational book for Christmas that they can reference any time. There is so many great quotes and life lessons that you can't help but want to review the book or movie once again and see it from a different perspective. This would even be a great resource to incorporate into small groups Bible Studies or for youth or church lessons as well. There is so many great aspects you can glean from this book and it makes for a perfect book to begin 52 days before Christmas to put you in the right frame of mind. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and has found a permanent home with my Christmas collection.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5More Than a Christmas StoryOctober 3, 2015tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5That is the claim the author makes about Charles Dickens' famous tale, A Christmas Carol. He states there are many of beneficial lessons that can be learned from this tale, fifty-two, in fact. This book is divided into that many short chapters. Each one explores a point he found when reading this Christmas classic. Using excerpts from the story, along with references from both the Bible and human nature, the author illustrates what he means.
Tell me more, I don't know if I go along with this.
For example, in the chapter "Denial Prevents Change," Mr. Welch explores the roadblocks individuals put up to keep themselves from changing. Often we dislike change so much we will deny reality. This was a habit Scrooge had. In the end, Scrooge quit denying reality and changed--and he was really happy he did. The author points out that change can bring us great benefit if we will just open ourselves up to it.
Another chapter explores the value of children, and the pleasure of viewing life through the eyes of a child. The author also discusses the joy of giving contrasted with Scrooge's tightwad habits. Further on, Mr. Welch even claims A Christmas Carol provides proof of God keeping His promises. Can all of this be gleaned from the tale of a miserly old man who sees the error of his ways before the story's end?
I didn't know that!
Besides learning valuable lessons, the reader will also discover interesting things about Charles Dickens. For instance, A Christmas Carol was the shortest story he wrote, and he was only thirty-one at the time. Dickens loved Christmas and enjoyed celebrating it, even though doing that was looked down on then. The character of Scrooge is so much a part of the common language that Scrooge is listed as a noun in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It's meaning, of course: a miserly person.
Dickens was extremely popular with the public, both in England and the United States. His arrival in America caused his ardent fans to work themselves into such a frenzy that it was comparable to the Beatlemania that swept the country over a century later.
This is a novel approach to the story.
The author shows A Christmas Carol in a whole new light. His ideas are presented in a small volume that can be read through very quickly. Or this book can be read like a daily devotional, one chapter at a time. It's a Wonderful Life and Les Misrables have been the subjects of two other "52 Little Lesson" books.
With the Christmas season fast approaching, now is a great time to get a copy of this little book. After reading it, you may never view Dickens' classic tale the same way. You, like Scrooge, may find yourself transformed by this story! I recommend this 5-star book to fans of Dickens, Christmas stories, or those who want to learn something new.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol, through The Thomas Nelson Publishing BookLook Bloggers Program for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.