Fifty-two Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life

Welch’s Nov. 5 Interview on Focus on the Family

In the tradition of his other heart-and-humor books, Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 bite-size life lessons from the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life — a year’s worth of weekly inspiration about how, in the words of Clarence Oddbody III, “each man’s life touches so many other lives.”

“No man is a failure who has friends.” “Each man’s life touches so many other lives.” “Prayer changes things.” The more obvious lessons of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, have become fodder for family holiday conversations for years. Now, Welch takes us deeper into the nuances of Frank Capra’s 1946 tribute to bedrock life values.

With the same heart and humor that have earned him two best-in-the-country awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Welch crafts 52 bite-size lessons from the movie that’s listed on virtually every movie poll’s Top 25 list. From the lightheartedness of George and Mary’s floor-parting dance to the poignancy of a community that rallies to save a desperate man, Fifty-two Little Lessons will inspire you to live for the deeper stuff that, as George Bailey finds, matters most.

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I love anything Bob Welch writes.  And 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life just makes me love his writing more. What gems he’s given us from the treasure of a film usually relegated to Christmas! Now, every week we have the sparkle of that film shining with the wisdom of an inventive thinker and superb writer. I’ll buy a dozen to give to friends to inspire and encourage them all year long. My favorite lesson:  ‘It takes time for some flowers to bloom.’  Amen and a thank you for the other 51 Little Lessons.

”Jane ”NY

Bob Welch has written a wonderful book about a wonderful movie and the little life lessons we can glean from it. Even though the lessons are small, if you look for them throughout the film you’ll find them. And they’re powerful, with the potential to impact our lives for good. Topics such as “Looking for the Best in People” and “The Essence of Life is Relationships” are explored using Welch’s trademark warmth, insight and humor. It’s a delightful book.  I’ll never watch It’s a Wonderful Life in the same way again.

This would be a perfect family devotional for the holiday season.

”Sandy ”Author

Need a quick refresher course on the movie? Here’s the 30-second bunny version.

Due out: October 2012 by Thomas Nelson.