Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett
“Marley was dead to begin with . . .”
These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge?
Or had he?
Written with a voice reminiscent of Dickens, Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption, sure to become a Christmas favorite.
I highly recommend Jacob T. Marley for anyone looking for a story of forgiveness and redemption!
I don't know that I'd put much thought into Marley's ghost before reading this book, but R. William Bennett does an excellent job sharing Marley's story. Reading about his life was so interesting, and then seeing his remorse as he looked back on pivotal moments in his life was heartbreaking.
The story really pulls at the heart strings. All of our choices have an impact on those around us. We never know what will happen from the choices we make, but taking a look at the consequences from afar as was done in this story is really eyeopening.
I thoroughly enjoyed this spin off of A Christmas Carol both times I read it. Yes, it is worth reading more than once. I'm excited to a have copy that I can pull out each year as Christmas approaches to help me get into the Christmas Spirit. But, this book would really be great any time of the year. The lessons it teaches are invaluable.
Title: Jacob T. Marley
Author: R. William Bennett
Publisher: Shadow Mountain; Reprint edition
Published: October 14, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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