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The Christmas List

Evans, Richard Paul (Book - 2009)
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The Christmas List
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Baker & Taylor
A successful but heartless businessman sees his own obituary in the newspaper after a case of mistaken identity, setting in motion a series of events that profoundly changes the lives of several people who have suffered due to his ruthless business practices.

Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling author of The Christmas Box and Grace returns with a new heartwarming novel for the holiday season, a story of hope, love, and faith.

Simon and Schuster
A heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box, Grace, The Gift, and Finding Noel. The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk series returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.

Dear Reader,

When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Johnson, gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) assignment of writing our own obituaries. Oddly, I don't remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died: in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500. At the time, I hadn't considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on-the-job casualty rate.

What intrigues me most about Mrs. Johnson's assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers.

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 Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I don't know how many times I've seen it (perhaps a dozen), 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-aschoolboy" 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.

Merry Christmas

Authors: Evans, Richard Paul
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Paul Evans
Title: The Christmas list
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: xiv, 353 p. ; 19 cm.
Subject Headings: Life change events Fiction Redemption Fiction
Genre/Form: Christmas stories
Topical Term: Life change events
Redemption
LCCN: 2009033714
ISBN: 1439150001
9781439150009
Branch Call Number: FIC E
Research Call Number: JFC 10-182
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Jun 24, 2014
  • lucythelab rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding!

Dec 11, 2012
  • mandmom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was an excellent holiday read. Evans has masterfully retold the story of Scrooge only with a modern day twist. I read this book in one day. Could not put it down.

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