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Richard Paul Evans
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Oct. 9 2001
In 1994, Richard Paul Evans, then an unknown writer, self-published a short book entitled The Christmas Box. That book went on to become an international bestseller, selling more than seven million copies and touching the lives of many more people along the way.

The Christmas Box Miracle is the story behind the book that has become a Christmas classic: how a man writes and publishes a book which helps grieving people to heal and lost souls to find their way home. It is Evans's story: his own spiritual journey and stories of people he encountered along the way -- miraculous stories of healing and divinity that often defy explanation.

In sharing the story behind The Christmas Box, Richard Paul Evans has given us a story of miracles, hope and healing for all seasons.

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It began with The Christmas Box, a humble story about a caretaker and his family who befriend a lonely widow at Christmas time. In The Christmas Box Miracle, author Richard Paul Evans offers the back story, showing us how his self- published book became a runaway bestseller. We first meet the author as a young boy, learning about the family and faith that led him to become such as reliable and unpretentious narrator. As it turns out, Evans grew up in a Mormon household amongst a band of taunting brothers and a few childhood ghosts. His mother lost a stillborn daughter when Evans was a toddler. She also suffered from severe depression and suicidal tendencies. This backdrop helps us understand Evans's dedication to bring healing and hope to life. More than a publishing success story, The Christmas Box Miracle speaks about Evans's ability to change readers' lives and foster miracle after miracle. Fans of Evans already know to pull out their handkerchiefs. --Gail Hudson

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Evans recounts the spiritual quest that led to his writing The Christmas Box.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Every Season! March 25 2002
Several years ago I watched a TV movie called The Christmas Box, which starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. I'm not sure exactly what attracted me to this prsentation, most likely the cast, but not only did I enjoy the perfromances but more importantly the message of this made for TV movie. A few weeks after this I came across a book with this title and read the dust jacket. Immediately, I realized the TV movie was based on this book and I just had to read it. Not only did I gulp down this book the time I read it but almost as soon as I finished it I just had to read it again. And since that time I have read The Christmas Box almost every holiday season and all of Richard Paul Evans other titles as well. Today, this small book continues to speak volumes and has affected the lives of many readers, perhaps most of all the author and his family.
One would have to say that the success of this book is truly a miracle. And it is this very sucess which Evans addresses in his new book titled The Christmas Box Miracle. Part memoir, part philosophy, in this book Evans offers his readers the story behind the writing of The Christmas Box, which was intended only as a gift for his two small daughters.
Evans begins this book by discussing his basic philosophy and the premise that there are forces at work, some known and some unknown, which alter our lives. He then depicts his large Mormon family and the prophecy of hsi grandfathers who said that, "He (Evans) would walk among noble men and royalty." He describes his fathers lucrative job and the material lives his family was afforded and then his fathers loss of his job and their move back to Utah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading... Jan. 4 2002
By Cris
This book is absolutely inspirational. I'm not a religious person by any means, but I do believe that there is a higher power guiding us through life. Mr. Evans was able to follow the many signs given to him throughout his life which ultimately led him to write The Christmas Box.
I have to admit that I haven't read it even though I own it. I lent it to my mother and she said that it was very good. Just before Christmas I was walking through the book store and stopped by the table full of Christmas books. I must say that it "called" out to me and I felt compelled to buy it as a Christmas gift to myself. To be honest I wasn't in any mood this year to celebrate Christmas since the 9/11 attacks, but I felt the need to purchase a book. It is undoubtedly one of the best books I have read and now I feel this great need to read The Christmas Box. Now I'm going crazy looking for the book that is hidden somewhere in this house!
This book describes his childhood and the many profound events that take place throught the years leading up to the writing of The Christmas box. Once the story was written and copies were made to share with his family everything snowballed. Friends of friends of friends, etc. had read his story and were requesting copies at bookstores of a book that had not been published. That is the miracle of The Christmas Box. The rest of the book goes on to describe how he knew nothing about the publishing world and what it took to get his book onto bookshelves. It was never about the money, it was a story written for his two daughters that happened to take the world by storm. That is the Christmas Box Miracle!
I haven't felt the loss of a child or know of anyone who has, but I'm sure that Mr. Evans' other books will touch me as profoundly as this one. This is one book not to be missed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As inspiring as the book itself Nov. 7 2001
It says something about Richard Paul Evans that he is one of the few authors whom I will buy new and in hardcover. After the disastrous events of 9/11, I felt severely in the need for some kind of inspirational comfort, so I picked up "The Christmas Box Miracle." Unlike his prior books, this is a an autobiography of Evans, and simultaneously a very unique success story -- not just because the book became popular, but how it affected the people who read it.
Evans was born into a middle-class Mormon family with several kids, who moved to Utah when he was still quite young. We get both visions of his family: the lighter side, with his rambunctious siblings and childhood antics, and the darker side, how his mother miscarried when he was a toddler, and suffered from severe depression that resulted in a failed suicide attempt.
A great influence on Evans was his grandfather, an immensely faith-filled man who predicted once that Evans would "walk with the royalty of this earth and be known as one who loves God." A prediction which has since come true. The book then follows Evans in his careers as a missionary, a member of a newspaper staff, working for a tux rental agency, and so forth. It also follows him into his marriage with Keri, his wife (an interesting detail is who her crotchety father inspired *wink*). But after two of their children were born, it turned out that he was "trading diamonds for stones," working too hard and missing out on his children.
Then, after the folding of his agency, Evans wrote a short novel that has now become famous, reaching across political, religious, age and financial barriers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book! great message!
it certainly led me to the other books in the series and I have recommended it to others. Love the Parkins.
Published 21 months ago by Jane Broadbent
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful Thank you
I enjoyed evey part of the Music Box Miracle.
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Published 22 months ago by Diana Mino
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the BEST book I've ever read.
Even if you haven't read "The Christmas Box," and don't know what it's about you should read "The Christmas Box Miracle! Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003 by AlettaJohnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Umina, Author of Milo With A Halo
I couldn't put the book down. Richard takes you on self-publishing journey that anyone who has self-published can relate to. I have to admit the book made me laugh and cry. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by Lisa Umina
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and restored belief in miracles.
I read the Christmas Box trilogy and just felt there was something magical in this story and the writing. Read more
Published on June 27 2002 by Jacque Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Story
I have books that I can easily let go. This one I will keep.
Published on June 12 2002 by antolin muniz
3.0 out of 5 stars enough is enough
First of all i really loved the christmas box and the other 2 novels that continue the tale but I think it is time to let the christmas box go. Read more
Published on April 17 2002 by a reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, But Somewhat Boring
I got this for Christmas. My mom picked it up thinking it was a Christmas book, but after reading it I realized it was a religion book. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002 by Erika Sorocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing
I want to thank Mr. Evans for another wonderful book. I lost my 16 year old daughter on August 25th, 2001. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2001 by "rayplum"
5.0 out of 5 stars Babbos Done it Again!
This story is so awsome and has helped many people in need. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of the world!
Published on Oct. 29 2001 by An Evans fan
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