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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 1 edition (Oct. 9 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743219422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743219426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #596,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
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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By Cris on Jan. 4 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 7 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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