The Christmas Box Hardcover – Nov 2 1995
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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.
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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I have recommended this book to a grieving family. It touched the heart of the father, that lost his son. Will pray for the mother...Published 17 months ago by laury
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
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 morePublished on March 28 2004 by Susan H. Bachle
The Christmas Box is marketed exactly as it should be -- a prettily packaged "gift book" with a melt-your-heart story. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Jill Schafer Boehme
This is a very nice story. It only took a couple hours to read and it was a couple hours well spent. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Kasey
I highly recommend this book to anyone! It only took me a couple hours to read and was such a touching story. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Kasey
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Dana Y. Bowles
The Christmas Box touched me deeply when I first read it. 13 years ago, my wife and I lost a child. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Eddie Blount