Another Story Must Begin - a Lent Course based on Les Miserables Paperback – 27 Nov 2013
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'A great little lent course that utilises the current passion for Les Miserables'. --Good Book Stall
'Hugo's novel is essentially about issues of suffering, repentance, forgiveness, and grace; the Christian content, including Bible passages, feels appropriate and unforced...(the book) may reach parts of...congregations, which traditional courses fail to attract.' --Church Times
About the Author
Jonathan Meyer is priest-in-charge of St. Mary in the Virgin in Ewelme, which was used as the residence of the Bishop of Digne in the pivotal moment in the Les Miserables movie. He has since run a successful Lent course in his parish, on which this book is based.
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Top Customer Reviews
It isn't the best, and the themes can seem repetitive, but it is not by any means terrible.
My biggest grip is the vague references to the scenes that need watching! Not helpful, especially if you haven't watched the movie many times!
So to help those who are in the same predicament as I was, here are the timings:
13min 56sec - 18min 58sec
26min 6sec - 30min 33sec
43min 23sec - 44min 27sec
The Sharing of Bread...
6min 25sec - 8min 45sec
8min 45sec - 10min 25sec
0min 35sec - 5min 13sec
The Disarming Effect...
10min 25sec - 13min 55sec
Battles With Conscience
34min 14sec - 38min 34sec
Another Story Must Begin
55min 51sec - 58min 11sec
Duty To The Law
41min 33sec - 43min 19sec
The Way Of The Lord
58min 11sec - 1hour 3min 53sec
I Am The Law...
1hour 57min 59sec - 2hours 4min 47sec
Bring Us Home
1hour 47min 45sec - 1hour 52min 40sec
Who Am I?
2hours 8min 26sec - 2hours 11min 32sec
2hours 15min 32sec - 2hours 23min 31sec
Jonathan writes fluently and clearly, he gives a lot of background to why he thought of this course which I have to admit I skim read a bit (I am only seeing if it is worth bringing to my group to properly study) We've previously enjoyed the Lineage of Grace housegroup resources and I also got a lot out of a lent course based on the Prodigal Son painting at my previous church so I do enjoy looking at the deeper allegorical christian meaning of cultural items. So with that background, what do I think so far? Short answer - really great.
I loved the film and in fact went with a big group from church to watch it at the cinema. I read the book Les Miserables years ago and the Bishop has always stayed in my mind. Jonathan uses each of the main characters as a pathway to assess an aspect of your Christian life i.e. Fantine's fall from grace mirrors our fall from grace, her earlier dreams of a pleasant life filled with love etc reflect how we feel when we first come into this world.
I have read the first three characters/chapters so far: Fantine, the Bishop and Jean Valjean and I will definitely be recommending this to my friends and to my housegroup for this years Lent courses.
For £3 who could go wrong?
Story. The lack of and the presence. Hence our Easter message of a Christ's love for a world
So lacking in love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thought provoking study for a home-group study leading us towards Easter-tidePublished 5 months ago by TonyGS
Bought this as a study guide for a Lent group - it was okay - but you need to have seen the film first and a few of the group hadn'tPublished 11 months ago by Doting grannie
Needed it for a bible study group great book to get you thinkingPublished 16 months ago by Madeline Brenda Elliott Armitage