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The Christmas Box [Hardcover]

By Richard Paul Evans (Author)
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Richard, a busy and preoccupied father, discovers a Christmas box full of love letters from an old woman to her dead daughter and, with the help of an angel, begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas

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Since it was first published, more than seven million people have been touched by the magic of The Christmas Box, a holiday classic that is as beloved in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens's.

When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box, he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Though he often told them that he loved them, he didn't feel that they could ever really understand the depth of his feelings until they had experienced the joy of rearing their own children, and by that time their relationship would have changed forever. In writing The Christmas Box, he hoped that at some time in the future they would read the book and know of their father's love.

As Evans began to write, he was amazed at the inspiration that flowed into his mind and heart. He completed the moving story of a widow and the young family who comes to live with her in less than six weeks, and bound twenty copies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. In the following weeks, those twenty copies were shared and passed along from family to family, from friend to friend, and what began as a tale for two little girls became a message of miracles, hope, and healing for people throughout the world.

From Publishers Weekly
Self-published in paperback during the Christmas season 1994, Evans's first novel quickly gained national media attention. Now the cleverly told tale, which the author reputedly wrote for his daughters and which revels in sentimentality, is available in hardcover. The story relates how a young couple, Richard (who narrates) and Keri, accept a position to care for a lonely widow, Mary Parkin, in her spacious Victorian mansion. As Christmas draws near, Mary becomes anxious about Richard's obsession with success and his failure to make time for his family. She urges him to reconsider his priorities, but he is always too busy to heed her advice. It is only when Mary is on her deathbed and her secret sorrow is revealed through the letter-laden Christmas box of the title that Richard realizes what she has been trying to tell him. The message concerns love, of course, and the strings Evans pulls to vivify it should squeeze sobs from even the stoniest of hearts. It's notable, however, that unlike many well-known Christmas tales (such as Dickens's), which carry that message in a basically nonsectarian manner, this is steeped in specific Christian imagery and belief as the author draws on the drama of Jesus as God's sacrifice for the world's sins, and of his crucifixion and resurrection. 750,000 first printing; BOMC, QPB, BOMC Homestyle Book Club, BOMC Craft Books Club, BOMC Children's Book Club alternates; simultaneous S & S audio and S & S Libros En Espanol edition; author tour. (Nov.)

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Simon & Schuster
Pages   119
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 2, 1995
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0684814994  
ISBN13  9780684814995  

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More About Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his eighteen novels has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; there are more than 14 million copies of his books in print worldwide. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and several have been international bestsellers.

Evans has won the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, and the Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award.

Four of Evans’s books have been produced as television movies.

Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children.

Evans lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

Richard Paul Evans currently resides in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah.

Richard Paul Evans has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Michael Vey (Audio)
  2. Michael Vey (Hardcover)
  3. Michael Vey (Paperback)
  4. Mistletoe Collection
  5. Walk
  6. Walk (Richard Paul Evans)

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Biblical
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General
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7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Inspirational

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Christmas Box?

A Christmas tradition  Apr 11, 2008
This simple story about a widow and the family that moves in with her is a powerful Christmas story that should be read each year.

Get ready to cry  Dec 11, 2007
This little book is priceless..
I'll never part with it.
I was there in that big house with those precious people~
hated for it to end..
soooo soooo highly recommend this darling little book~
you and your loved ones will enjoy it so much..
A Christmas Gift  Dec 9, 2007
Rick, Keri, and their 4-year-old daughter, Jenna, respond to an advertisement written by an elderly woman who is looking for a couple to work as caretakers and companions just before the holiday season. While moving in, Rick finds an old box that he is drawn to and one evening hears music coming from the box. When he opens it, he finds old letters that stirs his curiosity. That combined with reoccurring dreams of angels and Mary questioning what the first true gift of Christmas was, lead the reader on a wonderful journey of the joys and the true meaning of Christmas. And how if we get too drawn up in our own lives, we miss out on the lives around us.

Heavy on sappiness, light on plot  Oct 7, 2007
This book is narrated beautifully with a lot of rich description. It contains a strong theme of appreciating your children, and has wonderful reminders of the true meaning of Christmas. Both are certainly worthwhile.

But the story that presents these ideas is significantly lacking. One example, without giving anything away, is when the narrator asks a neighbor a question. The neighbor knows the answer but instead says something to the effect of "I'll tell you next week." This is clearly a poor attempt at delaying a big revelation, which by the way is completely obvious by this point in the story anyway.

I do recommend this book if you want to read a stunning mental picture that will make you cry. If you want a clever plot though, this is probably not for you.

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