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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
October 15, 2005
Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars
A romance set in the jungles of Peru, THE SUNFLOWER by Richard Paul Evans is the love story between a doctor and a woman running away from the memory of her ex-fiancé. Evan's writing is rather simplistic, but he makes up for it in the story he tells. A woman, Christine, is devastated when her fiancé breaks up with her just a week before the wedding. To console her, her best friend Jessica takes them on a trip to Peru, where the two of them experience an adventure that may be the highlight of their lives.
In Peru, Christine meets Paul, a doctor who once had a career in the States but forsake the life of comfort by moving to Peru to care for the poor. Christine is used to the pampered life, but meeting Paul and experiencing all she does in Peru changes her.
THE SUNFLOWER is a romance and an adventure story in one. Told in a rather simplistic prose, the story itself is a good beach read and for those who love clean, simple romances, this is for you. The backdrop of the jungles of Peru gives this romance a unique flavor. I enjoyed it for what it was - a simple love story with an inspirational message. A fast read, THE SUNFLOWER comes recommended.
Nearly all of Richard Paul Evans' novels carry some sort of message and lessons we all could use without sounding "preachy." The message of THE SUNFLOWER could be that those who have the least (as in material possessions) usually have the most to give.
This is the story of how Paul and Christine meet and fall in love under the most unusual circumstances. After spending an emotional and devestating Christmas in the ER, Paul packs it in and heads to South America where he finds an orphanage and a cause that needs him more than any hospital in the states. After her fiance backs out one week before their wedding, Christine is whisked away to the same jungles of South America on the adventure of a lifetime by her best friend Jessica. What starts as an accidental meeting, Christine and Paul travel on their own adventure, during which they fall in love and learn a little bit more about themselves.
The characters are extremely well developed and the settings well defined. The jungles of South America are described in such detail that readers feel that they are a member of the group, traveling right alongside Christine, Jessica, Paul and Jim. Along the way, we meet Pablo, Roxana and the other children at El Gurasol (the Sunflower) and learn of the circumstances that brought each of them there, and how there are so many other less fortunate children who have yet to find the safety and security that The Sunflower can offer.Read more ›
The author of the The Christmas Box which I first watched on television, I also gulped down his next two titles which is now known as The Christmas Box trilogy. I so enjoyed this author that I continued to read his books each time they were published. But somehow each new book seemed to go downhill a bit and this title with an important agenda is the book I least liked. Still, I did give it an average rating since there were some parts I did enjoy.
In a midwestern town a young woman is spurned only days before her wedding. Inconsolable and bereft, the young woman's friend encourages her to join a group traveling to Peru to help those less fortunate. Once there, the young woman meets a Doctor who also has left America under difficult circumstances. As they get to know each other, the healing of both of these two wounded individuals begins and while they wonder if their love can ever work out, circumstances force them to examine what brought them to Peru in the first place.
As in most of Evan's books which are considered inspirational, he writes with a personal agenda. And this book is no exception as he dedicates this title to an orphanage in Peru and the need for volunteers world wide to help out the poor and uneducated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is superior because he writes as a woman. Outstanding how he writes this wayPublished 9 days ago by Janie Queen
I love Richard Paul Evans' novels. He has a knack of making his stories believable while intertwining an inspirational message. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
So many wonderful components. A love story that also brings up world issues and incorporates all of this in an ancient land. Just perfect!Published 2 months ago by Bonnie
It was such a remarkable book that I would love the chance to go to Peru. It was written with so much detail that you could feel you were there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. However I am still reading it. Love this author. Would recommend.Published 3 months ago by Sherri christy
Held my interest. I loved it, just as I have all of the RichardPaul Evans books I've read.Published 4 months ago by Sandy Hudson