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Preliminary Read Through - Surprised into engagement
on 23 February 2014
I came across this book when I was looking for worship songs to play at church and as we had been discussing what to do over lent I decided to give it a go. It was only about £3 by Kindle and I thought it was worth it to see what it is like.
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?