The Christmas List: A Novel
Dear reader, When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher Mrs. Johnson gave our class the intriguing (if somewhat macabre) mission to write our own obituaries. Strangely enough, I do not remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I remember how I died: first in the final round of the Daytona 500. At the time, I had not considered writing a profession, an area with a remarkably low accident rate in the workplace.
What interests me most about Mrs. Johnson's mission is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy. How do we want to be remembered? This question has motivated our species since the beginning of time: from the construction of pyramids to skyscrapers.
First of all, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read his obituary before they died and saw first-hand what the world really thinks about them. Your legacy.
Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true salvation. One of my family's holiday traditions is a local production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I do not know how many times I've seen it (maybe a dozen), but it still tempts me to see Ebenezer Scrooge change as he transforms from a dull, hard-hearted miser into a penitent -as-schoolboy "man With love in his heart, I always leave the show with a smile on my face and the decision to be a better person, which I wanted to share with you, dear readers, this Christmas - a holiday experience, your season, yours Houses and your heart to warm.
Merry Christmas - Richard Paul Evans
About the author
RICHARD PAUL EVANS is the best-selling author of The Christmas Box. His fourteen novels have each appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. There are more than thirteen million copies of his books in print. His books have been translated into more than 22 languages and some are international bestsellers. He is the winner of the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first Storytelling World Awards for his children's books and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women novel of the year. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the National Empathy Award for his work, which helps abused children. He is the founder and CEO of BookWise, an international direct sales company. Evans lives with his wife Keri and their five children in Salt Lake City, Utah
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