Christmas Box Miracle, The Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 9 2001
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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
From Library Journal
Evans recounts the spiritual quest that led to his writing The Christmas Box.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
it certainly led me to the other books in the series and I have recommended it to others. Love the Parkins.Published on Jan. 18 2013 by Jane Broadbent
I enjoyed evey part of the Music Box Miracle.
The spiritaul part is so very realistic and makes
so much sence. Read more
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 morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by AlettaJohnson
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 morePublished on June 6 2003 by Lisa Umina
I read the Christmas Box trilogy and just felt there was something magical in this story and the writing. Read morePublished on June 27 2002 by Jacque Stiles
I have books that I can easily let go. This one I will keep.Published on June 12 2002 by antolin muniz
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 morePublished on April 17 2002 by a reader
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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by Erika Sorocco
I want to thank Mr. Evans for another wonderful book. I lost my 16 year old daughter on August 25th, 2001. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001
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