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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (Oct. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550013
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 12.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 7 2007
Format: Hardcover
Everyone would love a miracle, especially during the Christmas season. As demonstrated with his mega selling "The Christmas Box," Richard Paul Evans is an author who can make us believe in them. As he writes, "...some things are true whether you want to believe them or not."

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
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By J. Scully TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 3 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wow! That was my initial reaction upon finishing The Gift by Richard Paul Evans. What an incredible story! I first learned of The Gift in a review in Entertainment Weekly, and then I came across it while doing some Christmas shopping, and thought I'd pick it up in an effort to awaken my holiday cheer. While not exactly a Christmas story, The Gift does take place around the holidays, and is truly a heart-warming story that did succeed in helping me get in the spirit.

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.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 17 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you would like to get back in touch with that wonderful feeling of giving to others who need help, The Gift is my prescription for you. Too many people feel like they cannot give very much unless they are rich like Bill Gates, talented like a singing star, or as famous as a princess. But we can all share our love, our understanding, a kind word, a prayer, and whatever we have. With God's help, that's often enough.

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.
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The Gift Jan. 1 2008
By Ratmammy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
THE GIFT by Richard Paul Evans
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.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Another Wonderful, Inspiring Story from Richard Paul Evans! Nov. 26 2007
By JJ Stark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What can I say that hasn't already been said? If you enjoy reading Richard Paul Evans' novels year after year, you certainly won't want to miss this one. If you've never read a RP Evans before, this is as good a place to start as any. The story moves along at a nice pace and the characters are well defined. We understand their thoughts and actions and the reasons that they do things. Under the pen of other authors, this is not always accomplished. RP Evans knows how to bring characters to life and make us feel like we know them personally. As you read a RP Evans novel, you'll think you're reading an article in your local newspaper or magazine. The characters and stories feel that real.

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!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very Fulfilling Story Oct. 9 2007
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Richard Paul Evans has written his best novel in years! I was not planning to read this book in one sitting, but I could not put it down. This was a wonderfully emotional book. I enjoyed so many relationships from Addison to Nathan, Collin to Elizabeth and Nathan to his mother. I was completely enthralled in their world and it made me reflect on my own life and relationships. As always, the diary entries are such a great part of the story. My favorite "Small kindnesses often, unintentionally, produce the biggest payoffs." It's what life is all about. This is a truly amazing book from an incredible writer.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Rich characters. Compelling story. Wonderful book. Oct. 11 2007
By K Kline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I anxiously await Richard's books every year and this year was no different. I knew it would be in bookstores on October 9th so I went right down and got mine. It may seem weird but I savored every page. It was wonderful. I loved the character of Nathan Hurst and, if I wasn't already married to the perfect man, I'd marry Nathan! I loved the tender little boy, Collin, and his family. The characters are so rich and the story so compelling that I have to say this is my favorite Richard Paul Evans book--at least until next year's comes out!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great read Oct. 13 2007
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Mr. Evans books and this one reminds me of how I felt after reading The Christmas Box trilogy. It was a wonderful, moving book. One of the best yet.

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