Gift, The Hardcover – Oct 9 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Evans (The Christmas Box) returns with narrator Nathan Hurst, a frequently traveling, Tourette's-suffering security chief for a retail chain. When Nathan gets snowed in at the Denver airport at Thanksgiving, he offers half his hotel suite to a stranded needy family: recently divorced single mom Addison (a massage therapist), and her two children, Lizzy and Collin. Collin, who has leukemia, cures Nathan's Tourette's with his gift of healing touch. Exercising his secret gift makes Collin sicker, though, and as news of his healing powers eventually leaks out, leading to a demand for his services, his condition worsens. Nathan, meanwhile, feels emboldedened by his cure, and moves to address childhood woes when visiting his nursing home–bound mother. The tightly honed narrative, brimming with good intention to find courage in shared suffering, soon brings everyone together. (Oct.)
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About the Author
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than twenty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.
Top Customer Reviews
An especially touching element of this story is that protagonist Nathan Hurst has Tourette's syndrome as does the author. And, Evans once more finds inspiration for his work in personal experience - a dreadful accident occurred to his brother as it does to the fictional Nathan's brother. Thus, this is a book to encourage and enrich us as it renews belief in faith, hope and healing.
Our story opens with Nathan remembering his childhood. As he says, "Tourette's wasn't the worst part of my childhood." In addition to the ostracization he suffered from other children, his brother suffered a near fatal accident, his father committed suicide, and his mother withdrew. Thus, Nathan was very much alone in the world....until he met Addison Parker and her children, 6-year-old Lizzy and 8-year-old Collin who is desperately ill with leukemia.
Working as an in-house detective for the MusicWorld chain, Nathan has a bad case of bronchitis and is on his way home from a business trip when he is stranded by bad weather in the Denver airport. Also stranded are Allison and her family. She has no place to stay, so Nathan offers to give them his hotel room. It is there that Collin touches him and heals him not only of bronchitis but also Tourette's. Readers learn that each person Collin heals weakens him, bringing him closer to his own death.
As with other stories by Evans The Gift elicits tears as well as offering comfort because we're reminded that no matter what happen in life, "In the end, love wins."
- Gail Cooke
Richard Paul Evans does a remarkable job of showing how hungry the world is for love and appreciation in The Gift. There's emotional starvation all around us among those who have the riches of the world and covet those riches.
The book's main weakness is that the story isn't explicitly tied into Biblical Christian lessons except in the dust jacket's front flap and an opening quote from James 1:17, such as the ways we can pray for others to be healed and lay hands to assist that healing when we have faith enough. In fact, the book is suggests that healing is something that is physically harmful . . . contrary to Biblical evidence to the contrary. But if you enjoy the kind of amorphous spirituality that many authors like Mitch Albom favor, The Gift is a wonderful gift to readers.
Some will undoubtedly see parallels to A Christmas Carol in that the book involves considerable consideration of past, current, and future life for the book's narrator and there's a fragile child involved who will remind some of Tiny Tim. If that was the intent, I thought that the plot was developed in such a way that it made for interesting and unexpected twists and turns while employing a formula that we all know so well.Read more ›
With lots of short chapters, The Gift is a quick, easy read, and one that I could not put down. The characters are well written and completely likable, the dialogue flows and is realistic, and the story is gripping and heartfelt. There are no major shockers in the story, but there were a few unexpected twists, and be warned - there's also a need for tissues. I can't wait to read more by Richard Paul Evans, and I highly recommend The Gift to anyone looking for a heartfelt and miraculous story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
January 1, 2008
Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars
In Richard Paul Evans latest novel, a man witnesses a series of miracles performed by a young, terminally ill boy, and learns lessons in love and giving. Nathan Hurst doesn't realize what is missing in his life, but upon the start of this new relationship, Nathan makes some changes in his own life and also learns the lesson of forgiveness.
Nathan works for a retail store in which he is to prevent and catch employees who are stealing from the company, in particular, merchandise. During one of his business trips visiting one of the stores, he encounters a boy and his family while waiting at the airport on a very snowy night. This young boy is terminally ill, but Nathan discovers a gift that this young boy has. It's a type of gift that is kept secret, because once it is known, the boy's mother knows that the media will be on their backs, as will the rest of the world. For the sake of the boy's health, his mother tries her best to hide this special gift from the public.
Nathan gets involved with the woman and her two children by volunteering his hotel room for the night, as their flight has been cancelled due to the snowstorm. This act of kindness leads to one thing and another, and soon he has fallen in love with the woman, as he also learns lessons in unselfish love from the young boy.
THE GIFT is the type of book geared toward the holidays, a story filled with miracles. It's an emotional story, so be sure to have a box of Kleenex by your side! Readers who enjoy reading books by Mitch Albom will love THE GIFT.
Inspirational without being mushy or over-dramatic. He tugs at just enough heartstrings without leaving you feeling overwhelmed or exhausted with emotion.
I look forward to Mr. Evans novels year after year and he never disappoints. My only complaint is that I get through the book so darned quickly, I'm left hanging for another 11 months looking for something to fill that void (nothing ever really does!) I look forward to many more books and wonderful reads from truly one of the most inspirational authors of the 21st century!
If you like Nicholas Sparks, Debbie Macomber, Luanne Rice, Kristin Hannah then you'll love Richard Paul Evans!