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The Four Doors

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,028 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
From Richard Paul Evans, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Christmas Box, “the most popular holiday tale since Tiny Tim” (Newsweek), a new holiday novel that sets a classic Christmas story in our time.

Richard Paul Evans is the master of the holiday novel. As an integral part of the celebratory season, he has warmed millions of hearts with books including A
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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Oct 30, 2013 Tiff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
Rick spent over an hour telling us about this book on the bus in Italy. It was such an emotionally touching experience for me, and I couldn't wait to read the book! As Rick told us the message of the book, I immediately thought of people in my life that would be enriched by reading this book, including myself. When he first began speaking to us, I was prompted to take notes in my travel journal, and later learned it was his newest book. These are the notes I took:

The doors represent the principl
Christopher Selmek
While Evans's advice is at least practical, I imagine his other books must be better. This self-help book is filed with his own quotes, which in one case he suggests should be framed in every house in America. He seems to think awfully highly of himself, focusing much of the book on self-flattery which in my opinion is not deserved, and it makes his advice too grating to be helpful.
So I've never read anything by Richard Paul Evans, and to be honest, his books always struck me as being kind of cheesy. (Pretty much anything that can be described as "heartwarming" does; it's just a prejudice I have.) I might have to start reading his fiction, though, because I really liked this one.

This is a pretty great book. It's short, which means there isn't much to it, but what IS there is really good stuff. Just a few pieces of advice for ways to make your life what you want it to be, i
Jessica Ashe
I won this book through Goodreads. I just received it last night and just finished the book up just a few moments ago, it was just THAT good.

The Four Doors is a great book for anyone to read that wants to enjoy life more or enhance the wonderful life they already have.

As I was reading the book last night, I just kept reading passages aloud where my hubby could hear or posting them on twitter because they were too inspirational & motivational not to share.

I also feel that Richard Paul Evans
Mar 31, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was ok
This tiny, short little book took me FOREVER to read. I think it took me 2 weeks to finish it. I kept falling asleep when I'd try to read it. It was boring. I was looking for a spiritual read, one that would make me think about my life and how I handle things. But this book offered only outright OBVIOUS advice/findings, and the author quoted himself from his previous books CONSTANTLY. I really began to despise him as he quoted himself over and over. It seemed so vain. I won't be reading any of h ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
This is the second book I have listened to that has been read by the author. After this book I have decided that authors should not read their own books! The reason I say this is because both authors ended up sounding arrogant and haughty. I think Mr. Evans had some great suggestions, thoughts, and quotes by other famous people/authors that I liked and that have made me rethink some things in my life. With that said I just could not take his cockiness. I felt that he was praising himself and boa ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing
** Let life in **

Small book. Profound content.

Although this book can easily be read in a single seating, its wisdom has life-long value. It’s like a guidebook for going from surviving to thriving. And it does so by helping update your mental map:
“On some level, all honest and mentally healthy adults accept that their mental maps—if they are even aware of them—contain incongruities and falsehoods. Wise people want accurate maps. And accurate maps require a devotion to honesty, study, and experim
Nov 04, 2013 CC rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I have always looked forward to Richard Paul Evans Christmas novels, but this year I was intrigued by Mr. Evans’ choice to share his non-fiction book “The Four Doors”. Richard is an engaging speaker so I knew that this book would be a fascinating read. I must admit I had some trepidation when I started reading. By the time I was finished, I was awestruck and had to immediately read it again.

This book gently prods the reader to examine their own thinking and views on the world. I was surprised a
Kerri De
Nov 30, 2013 Kerri De rated it liked it

This book is a guide to joy, freedom, and a meaningful life. This book if meant for the young adult and adult population. The book is an informational book which describes how and why to choose the four doors in life. The author describes the four doors: Believe there’s a reason you were born which describes your destiny. “Believe as if your life depended on it…for indeed it does”. The second door is titled Free Yourself from limitation and take control of your life. “The success of our lives is
Carol Brusegar
Nov 18, 2013 Carol Brusegar rated it it was amazing
Richard Paul Evans' newest book is a small inspirational volume, not another of his novels. Here's his description of the book: "The Four Doors is about how to live life joyfully, with freedom, power and purpose. I have witnessed the powerful effect each of these doors carries -- in both my own life and the lives of those with whom I have shared the message."

He states that there are three foundational truths upon which the four doors rest are the freedom of self-will, spiritual growth and evolu
Nov 29, 2015 Brisbride13 rated it it was ok
i am a huge fan of Evan's books, but this book just came across as kind of silly. The quotes in this book come from the characters he created in other books, so it's like he's giving you advice or telling you how he feels about something and then uses his own quotes for backup. Some of it is real sweet so I don't mean to slam the entire book. If you are on the road of self discovery, change, finding purpose, then this little book may just give you encouragement to stay on that road. If you aren' ...more
Nov 20, 2013 Roy rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous book! I started reading it thinking I would read it in a day or two at the most, but then I quickly realized what another reviewer had written about it, that it needs to be read slowly and each deep point needs to be allowed to sink in.

I've read in a few other reviews that the book has information that they already know, and although that is true, it was presented this time in a way that I could grasp how I had learned it earlier in a much clearer manner.

This is truly one of tho
Feb 08, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: For anyone who needs to be inspired.
Recommended to Dawn by: My Mom.
Evan's message to those who seek inspiration in their lives. Inspires you to live life joyfully, with freedom, power and purpose.
Resi Katherine
Sep 15, 2015 Resi Katherine rated it it was ok
I just came upon this book randomly as a recommendation on kindle based on other books I've read. I was excited to be inspired but I feel a little disappointed. I expected more from all the raving reviews, but most of the advice were things I've heard before. I didn't have any new revelations. I've read better inspirational books.

Also, I'm not familiar with this author but I felt like he was trying to sell his other books because he kept referring to quotes from his other books, in which he wou
Feb 15, 2014 Mindy rated it really liked it
This was a quick read that made some good points. I'd pick it up again and will be doing some of the exercises. Nice!
Mar 11, 2014 Jacquline rated it it was amazing
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John Kaufmann
Feb 02, 2014 John Kaufmann rated it really liked it
Great life advice in a short, readable format. Evans is a serious author, so this is not just some typical self-help book. He was asked some years ago to talk extemporaneously to a large group of students for an hour. He has subsequently expanded and polished his talk, and this is essentially the result. Being a talk, really, it has the advantage of being very succinct and to the point - little time a lot of stories, examples, or embellishment (there are some stories and examples, of course, but ...more
May 24, 2014 Shaun rated it really liked it
This book really resonated with me and I found it awesome. The author shared many inspiring stories that motivated me to become better. The four doors are the following:
1. Believe there's a reason you were born
2. Free yourself from limitation
3. Magnify your life
4. Develop a love-centered map

These are things I understand and will work to improve in my life. I found this book truly amazing and would recommend it to anyone. I almost gave it 5 stars.
Kathy Chung
Nov 26, 2015 Kathy Chung rated it it was amazing
totally inspiring book . i love this part :-

"The definition of freedom is a slippery thing. Too often we speak of freedom as an absolute rather than in terms of measured degrees of personal liberty. For instance, we claim to have freedom of speech, but that does not grant us the freedom to say whatever we want without reproach or punishment. This is a good thing. Absolute freedom for one would result in limited freedom for another. "

it very true especially with the blooming of social media nowa
Mrs. Tongate
Sep 03, 2015 Mrs. Tongate rated it liked it
The Four Doors is about how to live life joyfully, with freedom, power, and purpose. The Four Doors are entirely about choice.

Change requires that we confront mystery. Change is uncomfortable precisely because it is change. Only in mystery can we experience life. There's always another room in the restaurant reserved for those not afraid to try something different.

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. ~Oprah

The only way to not make mistakes in life is to do nothing,
Rick Wilcox
Dec 22, 2013 Rick Wilcox rated it liked it
Richard Paul Evans is no stranger to adversity and he has clearly found the power of harnessing the ownership of one's life. That said, the Four Doors could easily be misclassified as a self help book, but that is selling it short. Once this quick little book is truly in you, the power principles will surely flow out, and everyone in your orbit will be helped as well.
Richard Kuhn
Mar 11, 2014 Richard Kuhn rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading Richard Paul Evans' novels immensely. I have never attempted any of his non-fiction. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. THE FOUR DOORS is the authors philosophy of life. Unlike many other books in the inspiration/motivation genre, Evans explains not only his outlook but how he got to that place through his experience.

One of the things that draw me to authors such as Evans is the fact that he started out in the self-publishing arena. He had complete faith in himself and his
Adwoa Akhu
Apr 17, 2015 Adwoa Akhu rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the basic messages of the Four Doors and the personal stories that illustrated them. I would have enjoyed a stronger use of the metaphor. A closer relationship between the transformational concepts and the doors representing them would have been helpful in making the concepts tangible and making them linger after reading.
Mar 11, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Inspirational and motivational little book, drawing mostly from Evans' old books, which felt a bit of a cheat.

The things he writes about the four doors are important things to know, but if you've grown up in a Judeo-Christian society, it's all stuff you've been taught already. Except how to sneak in to book fairs. That's new.
Aug 05, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
3.75 stars!!!

I haven’t read any self-help books in a very long time. I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up except it was short and written by Richard Paul Evans, author of The Walk series which I loved and highly recommend. Even though all his books can be viewed as inspirational, this is a nonfiction novel from an inspiration speech he travels the world sharing. He calls it a guide to joy, freedom, and a meaningful life, which is something everyone needs. I also found that this was one of
Apr 10, 2015 Maia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I got it for Eater and i never put it down. It had the most amazing lessons in there to learn and great ways to have a better life. I am going to try to develop some of those habits. When I was reading the book I really liked how it made me feel. I was very excited to start doing the things that the author was saying. It was a great book and I would recommend it for any age. But mostly for teenagers. It helps us to understand things better and get through the trials we are fac ...more
This is one of Richard Paul Evans' talks that he gives in speaking engagements in book form. Because of the different delivery systems between writing and speaking, I think there was a *little* bit of clunkiness. I think it would smooth itself out completely if I were to actually hear the author's spoken presentation.
That said, I really enjoyed the book. I'm not entirely sure I would classify it as self-help, though it definitely rings of that. For me, it was more of an affirmation of truths I'v
Jan 22, 2016 Alyson rated it it was amazing
This book was short and sweet but also extremely powerful. It is definitely shaping the way I view myself and others, and helping me to choose a strong healthy path to a more loving, kind, and purposeful life.

Two of those most powerful quotes I loved:

“On some level, all honest and mentally healthy adults accept that their mental maps—if they are even aware of them—contain incongruities and falsehoods. Wise people want accurate maps. And accurate maps require a devotion to honesty, study, and e
Maria Carmo
Oct 02, 2014 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
An inspirational book which reminds us to break free of those chains that really hold us back in life, which usually reside in our own mind.
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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. 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. He has since written ele ...more
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