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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

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Do you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas? Does December feel incomplete without a reminder that no man is a failure who has friends? If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It's A Wonderful Life is far more than just a festive seasonal film. It's a reflection of what we can be when we're at our best and ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"It's full of romance, that old place. I'd like to live in it." ~ Mary, on the night she and George throw rocks and make wishes at the old Granville House.

This is the quote from Chapter 19, titled " Don't look for What is, but for What May Be" in the book, 52 Little Lessons from It's A Wonderful Life by Bob Welch. In this chapter, the reader is reminded of how vastly different George and Mary view their world; for George at 12 years old working the soda fountain he informs Mary where Coconuts co
Sep 03, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
Life lessons from the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Author Bob Welch offers 52 lessons, infused with spirituality, being good to others, having faith, humility, and finding value in one’s life. The book contains some scriptural reference, as well as some historical film facts that may be interesting to some readers.
As I started to read this book, I found it interesting and a “feel good” read. But about half way though, it seemed to get repetitive. The same lessons, just reworded. And al
Dec 26, 2012 David rated it liked it
I was given this as a last minute Xmas present as we've watched the movie almost every Xmas Eve for the last 20+ years. In these divided Blue State/Red State times I've seen the movie as a political statement as well as the obvious friendship/community story. Being a secular humanist (atheist) I didn't think I would enjoy reading this book once I read the blurb on the dust cover on saw the reference to God's master plan. It's easy reading so I started reading anyway (I'm OC about books).

What qu
Guida Brown
Feb 18, 2013 Guida Brown rated it liked it
I really looked forward to reading this book, and I did so in one sitting. However, I'm dismayed by the inaccuracies and errors in the book. I wonder if Bob Welch has seen It's a Wonderful Life more than once. First, let me say that I have a deep affinity for the movie; as Mr. Welch mentions in his author's note about the bank president using scenes for training purposes, I, too, during my tenure as the Director of HR and Training for a local credit union, used scenes from the movie. Also, I hav ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Jackie added it
There were lots of passages in this book that jumped out at me while reading. A few:
p. 20- “Perspective changes our attitude. Changing our attitude breathes hope into us. And that’s the real gift that God’s messenger, Clarence, gives to George.”
p. 44 – “Which reminds us of an important truth: the opinions about us that count are the opinions of the people we respect, not the ones we don’t.”
p. 70 – “But at the movie’s end, what George realizes is that life’s road leads us to places we’d never hav
Lynn Smith
Dec 10, 2015 Lynn Smith rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent little book. "It's A Wonderful Life" is one of my favorite Christmas movies. A tradition my wife and I established several years ago is to watch the movie on Christmas Eve together. And even though I've watched the movie many times over the years, there are themes brought out by this book which I had never considered. I didn't realize how deep or spiritual this movie really was. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's dissection of characters and scenes and lines from the movie in ...more
Jul 24, 2014 J.L.Web rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insights

I greatly enjoyed this book and the author's insights. My only criticism is that it probably could've been twenty lessons, instead of fifty-two. They sometimes got a little redundant. But, I plan to read this book again. Lots of gems.
Dec 24, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
I appreciated some of the points that were made in this book but the author didn't get all of his facts right about he movie, and sometimes the writing seemed too redundant for me. But it was cute and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it.
Jul 03, 2015 Shari rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of It's a Wonderful Life.
I am a huge fan of the movie It's a Wonderful Life. It is my must watch Christmas movie, and my hubby is the poor soul who gets to watch it with me. He claims to tolerate it barely...but if truth be told...he quotes it all year. So I am not sure how much I believe of his dislike for the movie.

When my younger sister was looking for a Christmas present for me, she struggled to find the perfect gift, but knew that when she saw it she would know. That was when she stumbled across 52 Little Lessons f
Jan 08, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Ask anyone what movie they most associate with the holidays, and many will say the 1947 classic It’s a Wonderful Life. I know the calendar has now turned to January, but I was just sent a copy of 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life by Bob Welch. Just like the treasured film it’s inspired by, this hardcover book is a treasure in and of itself.

As we begin another new year, resolutions will most likely have been made. If you’re like me, you make them and then break them within a few weeks
Marily Quesnel
Feb 10, 2013 Marily Quesnel rated it really liked it
My repeated viewings of Frank Capra's classic movie, "It's A Wonderful Life" assured me this trip to Bedford Falls would be right up my alley. Bob Welch provides some new details from the movie script and also some little items to check out on my next viewing. I have obviously missed some specifics over the years. The movie has always reminded me that each life has value no matter how mundane the days may seem or uneventful the life. Mr. Welch provides extra insight into our view of life: "Even ...more
Jane Reid
Jun 06, 2015 Jane Reid rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, non-fiction
This book is a collection of short essays based on the many memorable moments in the film, It's a Wonderful Life. Reading this will enrich my next viewing of the film. Bob Welch notices small details that I never noticed. I may not wait until December to watch the film again, now that I've read this inspiring book. It makes me want to slow down and appreciate the small moments in my own life. I suspect that is the purpose of the book.
Julie  Durnell
Nov 20, 2014 Julie Durnell rated it it was amazing
My nephew gave this to me to read, which was a surprise in itself, as I didn't know he read books! But he recommended it and I love him for it. The book was wonderful as were the messages in the movie, great insight and research, with scripture references as well. I loved it and will have to watch the movie again with new eyes!
John Orman
Dec 17, 2014 John Orman rated it really liked it
We've all seen the iconic Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life" many times, but this inspirational book collects some Lessons Learned that we might have forgotten in all the holiday hoopla.

The book provides a close-up profile of the characters and themes portrayed in the movie. Our most important work is often works we never planned to perform. The over-arching message of the movie is that George Bailey's life mattered very much. And it's not just Bailey's life--"The world is immeasurably bett
Allison Brown
Dec 31, 2015 Allison Brown rated it liked it
This book dissects the movie into church-like sermons... sometimes reaching for a new lesson besides the obvious ones that can be viewed in the film. However, the author does provide information that is worth reading. You can tell he has done his research. He knows the movie well, but he also knows a lot about Frank Capra and the time period the movie was filmed.

Picture having a conversation with someone about a movie. You'll agree with some of the things your friend has pointed out, but probabl
Michael Nejman
Apr 08, 2016 Michael Nejman rated it liked it
Author Bob Welch relates one of my favorite movies to inspirational Christian themes. Not my usual reading material, however the book was a gift and I found the read very uplifting.
Greg Van Vorhis
Apr 13, 2015 Greg Van Vorhis rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
This guy loves, loves, loves fragment and one-word sentences. That made this simple book harder to read than it should have been.

But I love the angle that he took, and he found some oddities in the film that I have not noticed in the more than 800 times I have watched the film. I am excited to have new things to watch for.

And the fact that his last name is Welch just adds a tickle of delight for a superfan of the film like me.

As pointed out in other reviews, the lessons and quotes and scene re
Dec 09, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

I have seen Its A Wonderful Life countless times. This expands on 52 lessons we can learn from it. I love it even more now.

Jan 10, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of the film "It's A Wonderful Life," I greatly appreciated the spiritual lessons Bob
Welch shared from the film.
Jul 17, 2013 Efox rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith
This book was really lovely and, although the month and almost a week it took for me to finish it wouldn't tell you, a quick read. I personally am one of those people who love this movie - the timeless story of how the connections we have to each other are immeasurable and often beyond our comprehension. There are so many stories and teachable moments in the movie and that's exactly what Bob Welch pulls out. Each chapter is a short vignette on a scene or line in the movie. While it is Christian, ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
If you're a "Wonderful Life" fan, this book is pretty hard to resist, and it's here just in time for Christmas gift/stocking stuffer season (an insight I would have shared even if the author was NOT a newspaper colleague with whom I interact most every day). The level of detail about the movie and its nuances is impressive. I might have been satisfied with 26 lessons, but understand why the calendar dictates 52. The book is published by a Christian publishing house, and the repeated references t ...more
Susan Weber
Dec 30, 2015 Susan Weber rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.. It took the best quotes and the feelings of the movie and put it into a book where we could all learn life lessons. Because this is one of my favorite movies I really enjoyed this book
Feb 17, 2016 Jamy rated it it was amazing
Having played the "warped, frustrated" Henry F. Potter a few years ago in a community theater production of IAWL, I found this book a delightful, thought-provoking read. Each chapter (Little Lesson) begins with a title, followed by an appropriate quote from the move, and then the heart of he chapter. Each of the 52 lessons were spot on and entirely relevant to each of us. Who among us has never had a bit of old Henry emerge at one time or anther? Thanks "Clarence" for the beautiful gift!
Jan 01, 2015 Sharron rated it really liked it
inspirational interpretation of movie.
Jan 07, 2013 Noami rated it really liked it
If you’re a “Wonderful Life” fan like I am, this book is hard to resist.
I love how the author gives 52 lessons found in the movie, 52 weeks in a calendar year, a lesson you can apply each week. The repeated references to Scripture gives a deeper understand to the life of George Bailey in comparison to the life of the believer today. Nice to read before watching the movie and along with the movie. Full of insight and deep contemplation.
Oct 29, 2012 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
As my 16 year old son pointed out "how can you get 52 lessons from It's a Wonderful Life?" But, the amazing Bob Welch did it! This is a wonderfully uplifting book. I wanted to underline and highlight the good parts, but that would be the whole book. I will watch the movie again (before Christmas), and pay closer attention to detail. Very short chapters, but not necessarily an easy read - lots of contemplation needed.
Jan 19, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book showed the depth and spirituality in the movie. It increased my appreciation of the movie. The book is a little repetitive, I still enjoyed it and will read it again Christmas.
Tom Heil
Jan 05, 2014 Tom Heil rated it liked it
Fun and inspiring book on an inspiring movie. Good nuggets of wisdom and fun facts about the movie.
Luke Brown
A wonderful, charming little book. Each lesson can be read in only a few minutes and give you many things to think about. A few Biblical references, but it is not a heavy theological book. If, like me, It's a Wonderful Life is one of your favorite movies, you'll enjoy this book very much.
Mar 23, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and that having only seen this classic movie once (sorry to admit). Like others have noted, I would have been OK if there had been only 26 little lessons as some stories/examples seemed to repeat themselves.
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