Friday, October 7, 2016

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

Who doesn't love the movie It's a Wonderful Life? For some it's not Christmas without it, so it's a yearly tradition. Author Bob Welch viewed the movie in the 70s when he was home for the holidays, and through the years jotted down life lessons that he learned. This effort became 52 Little Lessons From It's a Wonderful Life. 

The author notes that a bank in the city where he lives has the interesting requirement from all new employees going through their orientation: they must watch a series of scenes from It's a Wonderful Life. "The message from that film," the bank president told him, "is the message we want our employees to come to work with every day; the idea that our actions make a difference in the community around us."

The book is divided into 52 weeks of life lessons garnered from the movies scenes and characters. The insightful and thought provoking lessons are full of delightful references to the movie and poignantly relates them to our every day lives. Chapter 1, God Honors Our "Childlike Faith" gleans from the very beginning scene of the movie where the two angels are trying to decide who to send down to help George Bailey. One laments that Clarence has the I. Q. of a rabbit, to which the other replies, "Yes, but he's got the faith of a child-simple."

These lessons are so enjoyable and helpful that it is hard not to just plow right through. I'm looking forward to watching the movie this season having these life lessons under my belt. So if you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas, this book is the perfect companion to make the experience more meaningful.

Bob Welch is an award-winning columnist, speaker and author whose 15 books are distinguished by heart, humor and hope. He and his wife, Sally, live in Eugene.
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