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The Christmas List: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 6, 2009
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From the Back Cover
To the reader from Richard Paul Evans: "As I began to write this book, I had two objectives: First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them. Their legacy.
Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption. One of my family's holiday traditions is to see a local production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I don't know how many times I've seen it, but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight-fisted miser into a penitent "giddy-as-a-schoolboy" man with love in his heart. I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person. That's what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas -- a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes and your hearts."--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than thirty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than thirty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.
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His efforts to gain some redemption met with mixed success but he continued on the path and he did make a difference. I imagine this might be a hard story for some people to read, especially if it makes you review your life choices. A great read.
Oh well... collateral damage is bound to happen.
But now, James is reading a newspaper that is announcing his death. Apparently he had crashed his BMW in the snow storm the previous night and was pronounced dead at the scene. Clearly a mistake and no doubt a costly one for some poor reporter, James thought as he dials up his lawyer... but then he has second thoughts about so quickly announcing the mistake. Perhaps this would be a way to find out what people really think of him...
and find out he does.
Following some painfully harsh comments on the internet, James is quick to learn that some he thought were his allies are clearly not... and perhaps someone he wrote off too quickly surprisingly comes to his defense.
In this new light shed brightly on his true character, James decided to take a real hard look at those he has hurt while building himself up and seeing if in this season perhaps he can make some changes to who he was and take this "resurrection" as a new chance at life.
I wish I would have been able to get this review up a week ago because this turned out to be a wonderful read for the season. Never a big fan of holiday reads as I find them usually too mushy and dull... I admit I went into this book club read a little "dragging of the feet." I was surprised to find not only did this book have a backbone, I could hardly put it down as page by page I wanted to know what would happen... would James be able to make amends or was it too late - beautifully, it turns out to be a little of both.
James is not a likable person. He has done things so terrible that I think even I would slam the door in his face. Throughout his building of fame and fortune he destroyed careers, families, and lives. As he tries to make amends you get a Dickens "Christmas Carol" feel to the book, James seeing for the first time what his decisions had cost others.
The book was a quick read, in a matter of a couple of hours I had it finished, but it was not finished with me. It really made me think about decisions I make and the people in my life. After reviewing this with my book club for our December read I think it is safe to say that none of us came out of the last page unscathed, we all had been emotionally touched at one point or another in the book.