A Quick Refresher


Jean Valjean—French peasant who goes to prison for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread and finds redemption
Javert—police inspector who disdains all who overstep the bounds of law and who wants Valjean arrested for his crimes
Fantine—young mother of Cosette who is mistreated by society and tragically dies
Cosette—innocent daughter of Fantine who is raised and loved by Valjean and who marries Marius
Marius—young son of Georges Pontmercy who falls in love with Cosette and joins the uprising of 1832


Les Misérables by Victor Hugo tells the story of the transformation of Jean Valjean from hardened criminal capable of impetuous evil into loving benefactor of a vulnerable child whose mother dies as a result of unjust actions. This historical novel, first published in 1862, is set in France from 1789 to 1833 and focuses on the June 5–6, 1832, uprising in Paris in the aftermath of the French Revolution.

Matt Rawle, The Grace of Les Miserables (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2019).

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Matt Rawle

Matt Rawle is the Lead Pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana and a graduate from the LSU School of Music and Duke Divinity School. He is an international speaker who loves to tell an old story in a new way, especially at the intersection of pop culture and the church. Matt is also the author of The Grace of Les Misérables, What Makes a Hero?, The Faith of a Mockingbird, Hollywood Jesus, The Salvation of Doctor Who, and The Redemption of Scrooge. He and his wife Christie, have four pretty awesome kids: Isabelle, Annaleigh, Cecilia, and Robert.