52 Little Lessons from a Christmas Carol is the brilliant new volume by author Bob Welch (@bob_welch and on the web). Welch takes the classic Dickens story and draws 52 simple (albeit profound) lessons from it. He draws the reader deeper into the character of Scrooge and helps us to understand the heart-change that the old curmudgeon is undergoing in his meetings with the spirits. Welch uses Scripture throughout the lessons to help us further see the beauty of the Dickens’ story and the imbedded redemptive analogies.
This is a highly enjoyable read. Welch’s writing style is quite approachable, and his lessons are based in Scripture. The 52 lessons follow Dickens’ story chronologically, and Welch does a great job in helping the reader to see deep and thought-provoking truths buried within Scrooge’s journey. Welch also presents insights into Dickens himself. You find how deeply spiritual Dickens was, and how his intention was to spur the British people into action to aid the poor and needy of the land.
This is a great and easy read. I found myself working through the book in just a couple of hours as I flew home from a recent speaking engagement. It would also be a good weekly devotional that would help the reader to “keep Christmas all year long.”
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