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A Winter Dream: A Novel Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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“The parallels to the biblical Joseph are easily recognizable and fit organically with the flow of the contemporary story. Evans has done his homework to realistically portray the ad agency world. The dialogue flows well and the main characters feel honest and likable.” (Deseret News)
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.
Officially, he was an advertising executive, an award-winning clay animator for the American and Japanese markets, candidate for state legislature and most importantly, husband and father. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.
His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Two more of Evans's books were produced by Hallmark and starred such well-known actors as James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Naomi Watts, Mary McDonough and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn. He has since written 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. Evans's latest book, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth, is now available.
Of his success, Evans says: "The material achievements of The Christmas Box will never convey its true success, the lives it has changed, the families brought closer together, the mothers and fathers who suddenly understand the pricelessness of their children's fleeting childhood. I share the message of this book with you in hopes that in some way, you might be, as I was, enlightened."
During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah and Lucre, Peru. To date, more than 16,000 children have been housed in Christmas Box House facilities.
As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.
Top Customer Reviews
This story is a retelling of the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis in the Bible. Mr. Evans did an amazing job of capturing all the detail and meaning of the original story by weaving it through modern day events.
Your heart will be moved from the first page to the last.
I heartily recommend this book and all of Richard Paul Evans books. You will not be disappointed!!!
Dawn Kurtz, author of the Christian novel: Secret of the Mexican Doll
Richard Paul Evans is one of my favorite authors and I turn to his books for a good feel read. This book had a lot of potential given it aligned with the biblical story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. But this Joseph, Joseph Jacobson, was disappointingly passive. He was quick to accept the extortion from his brothers without a fight or question or depth of feeling. Yes, he did it so that his younger brother, Ben, would not face potential jail time but going along with it actually was a selfish move. How about his parents? His girlfriend he was planning to propose to? The condition was to drop everything and move to another state immediately without any notice. So okay, that was unbelievable but I continue to read and see what happens. Of course, all the ducks came in a row. He meets another woman (who by the way had an outrageous background; my favorite character in this book), had the winning advertising pitch, and comes in full circle in a powerful position. It all came too easy. The conflicts were there but he really didn't do much to get there. I felt that Mr. Evans might have thought that the analogy would speak for itself. Yes, the reunion with his dad did make me cry but for the shear fact that generally a reunion between a parent and child would be moving.
One might say, well Joseph did a good deed and so karma would have it that things work well for him. Fantastic! But that's not the problem in this book. It was the lack of depth in Joseph's character. For instance, what happened to the grieving process? Holy smokes, all his brothers (I'm counting Ben since he let it happen) banished him, where was the passion for any feelings about that?
I still love Mr. Evans and will continue to read his books. This one just didn't rank with the zeal in the story that I've come to expect from his books
Finally, I, too, would have appreciated more insight into April's plight and escape, as well as details as to how the deception impacted the family members involved.
My favorite part of his books are the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Some are profound--and I am always interested to see the relationship between the comments and the events that unfold in each chapter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a BIG fan of Mr. Evans, I've read everyone of his books.
He is absolutely my favorite author.
Anything I have read by Richard Paul Evans is always enjoyable! I love his writing style and the stories always grab my attention and carry me through to the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tammy R. Lee
I liked the message, and it was a fast read. It was mostly predictable and quite a stretch from reality. I get it, though, how it paralleled Joseph's story in the Bible.Published 2 months ago by liz
Everything Richard Paul Evans writes is very worth reading. He has real imagination without resorting to excess violence or overt sexual activity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Irene Gardner