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Christmas Box [Hardcover]

Richard Paul Evans
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Nov. 2 1995 Christmas Box Trilogy
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.

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Richard Paul Evans originally wrote The Christmas Box as an expression of love for his two daughters, never intending for it to be published. Many Christmas seasons (and a rich publishing contract) later, this touching tale relates the meaning of Christmas in a profound but simple way. Rick, Keri, and their 4-year-old daughter, Jenna, are hired as caretakers and are welcomed into the home of Mary, an ailing widow, just in time for the holidays. Before long, it becomes apparent that Mary cherishes their companionship, and this young family begins to understand that their relationship to Mary is more special than any one of them could have realized. These tender relationships, fraught with real-life struggles, are the backdrop for unraveling a mysterious secret that gently propels the reader through this short story. Unlike most generic Christmas stories, Evans manages to bypass triviality, imbedding these pages with humble truth and emotion. This tiny treasure will cause you to rejoice in the blessings of the season while stirring up a childlike vigor as old profundity is revealed anew. In a season often shrouded in selfishness and materialism, Evans reminds the reader that the only way that we can genuinely love one another is by accepting the greatest gift of love ever given--that of a Father who "so loved His children that He sent His son, that we might someday return to Him." --Jill Heatherly

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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent results Sept. 1 2011
By Jim C
One is never too sure when ordering used books. This book arrived very promptly and in excellent condition. You can't ask for better than that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Touching Story March 28 2004
If you can read, you should read this book. If you can't, you should get someone to read it to you. The "Christmas Box" was a beautiful family tale. The story is extremely short, taking only a couple of hours to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tender and Sweet and an Easy Read March 3 2004
The Christmas Box is marketed exactly as it should be -- a prettily packaged "gift book" with a melt-your-heart story.
While Richard Paul Evans certainly gives us an easy read with a good message (such a rare gem these days!), his writing does tend to fall a bit flat at times, succumbing to unnecessary detail or, in some instances, cliche.
If this writing style doesn't bother you, you will absolutely love this book. It's a refreshing change from much that is out there, and you will most likely sigh contentedly after you've finished the last page.
Pick up this book for a light read -- if anything, it's definitely the kind of story that will draw you right in and keep you reading.
And it's just the right size to squeeze into somebody's Christmas stocking as well!
Jill Schafer Boehme, Author of MY LIMA BEANS ARE ALLERGIC TO MY SPOON and Editor of MOMMY! The Internet Lifeline for At-home Moms (a free Ezine)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time Well Spent Jan. 29 2004
By K. Doll
This is a very nice story. It only took a couple hours to read and it was a couple hours well spent. I suggest reading his personal memoir immediatly after reading this, it is just as touching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Quick Read Jan. 23 2004
By K. Doll
I highly recommend this book to anyone! It only took me a couple hours to read and was such a touching story. I recommend following this book with "The Christmas Box Miracle : My Spiritual Journey of Destiny, Healing and Hope".
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4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL, MOVING HOLIDAY TALE.......... Jan. 5 2004
Rick and Keri are struggling young parents, with 4-year-old daughter Jenna when they answer an ad in the local papers for caretakers of a large house and elderly woman. In exchange for room and board, the family is charged with minimal household duties, among them being cooking meals for Mary, the matriarch of the house. It soon becomes clear that what Mary wants most is that feeling of family--in time for Christmas. During the move in the Parkin mansion, Rick discovers an old Christmas box in the attic, filled with what appears to be love letters. He soon learns that these are actually Mary's legacy of love to her long dead baby daughter--and that he and his family's reason for being the caretakers of Mary and the house have nothing to do with finances, but everything to do with recapturing the real reasons and joys of Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part of my Christmas Tradition Dec 24 2003
The Christmas Box touched me deeply when I first read it. 13 years ago, my wife and I lost a child. I have since had three beautiful children and the pain of our loss has receded. It never goes away, but it does lessen as the years pass.
Reading The Christmas Box opened the wounds that had scarred over, but in a good way. It reminded me that our son is still, and will always be, a part of our family. It helps me to keep things in their proper perspective. My family is what matters most. Everything else I do should be in support of my ability to care for them. And to share with them, every chance I get.
I also read the book, Christmas Voices, as suggested by another Amazon reviewer. It is not nearly the quality of The Christmas Box, though its author attempts to convey a similar message.
Thank you Mr. Evans for your beautiful work. I read it every couple of years around the holidays to adjust my perspective on life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Christmas is REALLY about Nov. 3 2003
By A Customer
This is a book of loss, love and the relationship between a parent and a child. Perfect for this time of year... reminds you that Christams is not all about "Santa and reindeer", it's about God, love and family. Worth an hour of your time for this quick, but meaningful read.
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