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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

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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 thought provoking April 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I bought this box at christmas. One night while waiting for my 5 year old to get ready for bed I picked up this book. I finished the first chapter before he came in then I couldn't wait to finish reading the book. However I couldn't finish it that night because my son wanted me to read him picture books. So the next day, I started the second chapter. As it turned out even though it was a very short story it took me days to read it and as I took my time on reading, I reflected on what the author was writing. I felt that as each day was passing on the character lives, that they became people that I felt close to. When Jenna talked to Mary about time with her father it may my heart ache. Don't we all put off time now and then and forget about how fast our children grow? The book made me laugh, cry and reflect. So much, that now the most important thing in my life is my child. Work can wait my child can not. My child and I now wear angel pin pals so that we will never be apart from each other. A MUST READ BOOK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beloved Classic For All Seasons Jan. 1 2003
Format:Hardcover
I had enjoyed the tv movie of this with Richard Thomas and Maureen O'Hara, but never liking to read a book once I've seen the movie, I avoided picking this one up. Surprisingly, I won it while playing 'Dirty Santa' at a neighborhood party and felt compelled to read it. What a treat! This is one of the most heartwarming stories and probably the best by the wonderful Richard Paul Evans. Readers will be enchanted by the story of the young father who with his wife and daughter take up residence with an elderly lady in order to make ends meet. Instead of mere companions and housekeepers to the woman, they become dear and trusted friends. They, like the reader, are mystified by her past and want to know more about the Christmas box in the attic and the secret of the letters it holds.
This book answers the profound question, 'What is the first gift of Christmas.' As every parent knows, it is a parent's love for a child and without being overly sappy on the religion angle, this book beautifully illustrates God's love for His children in sending His Son.
Speaking directly to parents who have lost children, this book will appeal to everyone who believes in Christmas and the importance of cherishing family. For an uplifting renewal of your committment to yourself and to your family, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Re- Read and Cherish March 26 2002
Format:Hardcover
In between books on December 31, of 2001, I thought about reading a memorable book to finish off this calamitous year. The book I chose was The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans which was actually a re-read for me but proved to be even more meaningful this time than the first time I read it sevevral years ago. Coincidentally earlier in the month I read The Christmas Box Miracle where Evans described how he came to write The Christmas Box and the tremendous popularity this small book has received. Both titles, seemed then and now, most appropriate choices.
Today many readers are familiar with the book and the movie based on this book which starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Originally written as a gift for Evans's two daughter, The Christmas Box provides readers with a rather simplr and inspiring story of an elderly woman and the young family who she hires to help her out with her large home. As they live with this woman, her story of love and devotion is told through an antique Christmas Box that is also connected to the elderly woman's daughter. The message which is time;ess allows one to realize not only the true spirit of the holidays but a parents unconditional love for their children.
The events of Septemebr 11th were certainly on my mind then as they are now, and as I finished this book I grieved for the many parents who lost children and the many children who lost parents. In some ways I found this inspirational book provided me with the profound hope for better days in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I Expected. Jan. 12 2002
By tvtv3
Format:Hardcover
I try to keep informed with what's going on in the world and keep up with all that is going on in popular culture. However, often I never do understand or figure out what all the fuss and hub-bub over certain books, movies, television shows, etc. is about. THE CHRISTMAS BOX does not fall into that category.
I had intended to read this story several yeas ago, but never got around to reading it until now. I'm so glad that I did. THE CHRISTMAS BOX is a great story. However, it is more than just a great story. At it's heart, it contains two powerful messages. The one is the story of the Gospels, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life." Chirstmas is not about Santa Claus; Christmas is about Jesus Christ and what His birth, death, and resurrection mean in our lives. I was quite surprised to find that the central message of Christmas was also the central message of THE CHRISTMAS BOX.
However, there is another important message contained within the book. Life is precious and every moment should be lived to the full. Most of us have the privilage of being around children in one way or the other; whether we have our own, or we teach them, or someone dear to us has kids. This short story brings to heart how special children are and how important the time spent with them is. These are lessons that we need to hear and be reminded of often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent results
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!
Published on Sept. 1 2011 by Jim C
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Touching Story
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. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Susan H. Bachle
4.0 out of 5 stars Tender and Sweet and an Easy Read
The Christmas Box is marketed exactly as it should be -- a prettily packaged "gift book" with a melt-your-heart story. Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by Jill Schafer Boehme
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Well Spent
This is a very nice story. It only took a couple hours to read and it was a couple hours well spent. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by K. Doll
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Quick Read
I highly recommend this book to anyone! It only took me a couple hours to read and was such a touching story. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by K. Doll
4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL, MOVING HOLIDAY TALE..........
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Dana Y. Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of my Christmas Tradition
The Christmas Box touched me deeply when I first read it. 13 years ago, my wife and I lost a child. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by Eddie Blount
5.0 out of 5 stars What Christmas is REALLY about
This is a book of loss, love and the relationship between a parent and a child. Perfect for this time of year... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Story
Mr. Evans has done it again. The Christmas Box was a great story. It gives the reader something to think about while the story is being read about what is truly important and what... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2003 by "wildwoodldy"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This is the first Richard Evans book I have ever read and was quite pleased with the author's writing skills and the book's intensity. Read more
Published on June 24 2003
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