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The Christmas List (Hardcover)

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    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 rem......more

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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

Author:
Evans, Richard Paul
Genre:
FICTION / Literary
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
353
Language:
English
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date:
10/06/2009
Copyright Year:
2009
ISBN:
9781439150009
Height:
7.25 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
0.85 lb
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    I recently purchased "The Christmas List "as well as "The Christmas Box Collection" (3 stories) by Richard Paul Evans. I had seen the TV production of "The Christmas Box" but I thought the book was so much better. The other two stories in the collection explain more about the characters in "The Christmas Box". I am still reading "The Christmas List "and find it hard to put down each night when it's time to turn out the light. Mr Evan's characters seem very real and his books speak truths without being "preachy". I consider this a very good buy.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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