Tuesday, January 13, 2015

52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables (Review)


52 Little lessons From Les Misérables is as beautiful inslde as it is out. It is a new favorite of mine!

I must confess that I have never read Les Misérables, nor have I ever seen any of the stage or screen versions. My introduction to Victor Hugo's classic came by way of Focus on the Family's Radio Theater. Their dramatized version is excellent and I highly recommend it! The story wrapped itself around my heart and squeezed out a whole lot of tears, lemme tell ya. Maybe it's because Valjean reminds me of my grandpa...I don't know. The themes of grace, forgiveness, and sacrifice were beautifully presented and, though not Hugo's original intent, spelled out the gospel so clearly. Still, probably because I hadn't read the book, I didn't realize how many little gems and parallels I had missed.

I had never read anything by Bob Welch, but I was immediately won over by his writing style. I love the way this book is laid out. In each of the 52 chapters, or lessons, he includes insights that both convict and inspire. I was very moved by this book; it isn't one that can be read and quickly forgotten. I have already looked for more books from this author! 

I give 52 Little Lessons From Les Misérables 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it. 

For more about the book, visit this link: http://store.faithgateway.com/52-little-lessons-from-les-miserables 

About Bob Welch

Bob Welch is the author of seventeen 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.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

DIY Type (Review)

DIY Type, though a beautifully bound book, was a bit of a surprise. It is actually sort of a glorified set of stencils, with several pages in the front introducing the author, Dana Tanamachi, and presenting some project ideas. I guess I expected more tips, project photos, or...something. The introduction was interesting, especially to a beginning artist like my daughter, and the ideas were helpful. This book is great, but I'm thankful that I received it for free; if I had had to pay for it, I would have been disappointed. I think the book should have included more font sizes and some numerals. 

I give it 3 out of 5 starts.

For the author's bio, go here: http://www.randomhouse.com/author/219770/dana-tanamachi

For more info on the book, go here: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/237772/diy-type-by-dana-tanamachi

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.