I’m delighted to announce the publication of my ninth novel, BISHOP MYRIEL: IN HIS OWN WORDS. All fans of Les Miserables and Victor Hugo will enjoy this story of the man whose wisdom and kindness changed parolee Jean Valjean’s life with these immortal words: “Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!”
Few Les Miz fans know that Bishop Myriel is the first character to appear in the 1862 novel. Or, that Hugo devoted the novel’s first 90 pages to this backwater bishop. In telling the bishop’s story, Hugo reveals that the bishop intended to write a book on the topic of Christian Duty.
Hugo provides a detailed outline of the book, along with the fact that the bishop never not got to write the book. In Bishop Myriel, I have taken the liberty of “channeling” the bishop and writing his book, as he might have . . . in “his own” words.
The Bishop “had his own way of looking at things. I think he derived it from the Gospel.”— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
“A stunning achievement. Alfred J. Garrotto delivers compelling spiritual insights through the humble voice of Victor Hugo’s beloved priest, Bishop Myriel. Meticulously researched and delivered in the authentic style of an early nineteenth-century writer, Bishop Myriel: In His Own Words charms as it challenges. The bishop’s gentle words continued to speak to my heart long after I turned the last page.” —Judith Ingram, author of Forgiving Day by Day and A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness
The paperback edition is due out in mid-March.
The ebook is ready for preorder on:
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