Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, is now a classic. The short novel tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the wealthy man who despises the Christmas holiday and all of its cheer. The book has been reborn in various film versions throughout the decades. My favorite version is Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
Bob Welch, in his book 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol, ponders different lessons we can glean from Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Charles Dickens. Each chapter truly is a little lesson. Each chapter, or lesson, is perfect for devotional readings, if you are looking for something new and different. The lessons zone in on a peculiar aspect of a character or moral and ethical dilemma. Welch weaves into his discussion, scripture and other theological themes as they present themselves in the plot.
The book follows the plot of the novel fairly well, which was greatly appreciated by this reader. By not jumping from one scene to another, Welch deals with the different themes as they appear in the story line, making the book approachable. Throughout the book, Welch provides information about Dickens and the novel as it relates to the themes.
Here’s a sample of a few of the chapters/lessons:
- Don’t let people steal your joy (Lesson 5)
- Showing trumps telling (Lesson 18)
- Grace changes everything (Lesson 38)
It is a good book, with short chapters providing powerful insights in our own lives and faith. A good read, highly recommended by this reader.
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