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The Gift

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A heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box and Finding Noel from New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. Sure to be a classic, this new tale brings to life the joy of the season and demonstrates the redemptive power of love: there is no hurt so great that love cannot heal it.

Nathan Hurst hated Christmas. For the res...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 27th 2007)
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Connie Dickey
As you can see, I am on fire with this author. I went to the library and found two more that I haven't read. I think there are a couple more yet.
This is about a boy who died, came back to life, but had a power to heal. It really takes off and you can't leave it alone. Every story Richard puts a piece of himself into it in some way. In this one, the main character has some "tics" from that disease which causes that...and is healed from it. Richard has that disease also, and he explains about it i...more
This was a typical Richard Paul Evans book. I have to say I love The Christmas Box, so I am not necessarily anti Richard Paul Evans. The problem with this book is that it was very predictable and unbelievable. From the first chapter, I had some parts of the story figured out. The good guys were unbelievably very good, the bad guys were unbelievably very bad. Could they get any worse than the ex-husband or the sick millionaire? I don't think so. The gift in the story wasn't believable. Some of th...more
Dierdra Byrd
I don't know where to begin on a review for this book. This book was $15 more then I usually pay for an e book, unless it's from an author I really love and just really want the book. I read the synopsis of this book and then stuck it on my wish list to read later but I could not stop thinking about it, there was just something drawing me to this book so I bought it. I'm so happy I did!
This is unlike any "Christmas story" I have ever read, no not because it's heart breaking, a lot of them are. I...more
Apr 09, 2008 Ange rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Ange by: my mom
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Raquel Leite
Um livro formidável, acho que fiquei completamente rendida a histórias e as palavras.
Sendo o primeiro livro que li do autor, já fiquei fã.
Nathan é uma boa pessoas, mas tem um passado horrível que ninguém conhece, e que desde pequeno escreve diários da sua vida, por isso é que antes de cada capitulo tem uma citação deste mesmo. Facto que gostei muito, apesar de contar metaforicamente o que ia acontecer nesse mesmo capitulo.
Numa das suas muitas viagens, Nathan é impedido de seguir viagem por caus...more
I really really liked this book. I gave it a four out of five in the rating because it was so captivating and I felt like I was actually living the whole story. I would strongly recommend this book to all teenage kids to read. I think it would make a person a little more sensitive to the world around them. That is important, specially in junior high.

I enjoyed this book because it was exciting and just a good book but it was pretty sad too. I sometimes wondered what it would be like to have the p...more
Lynn Rueff
Nathan Hurst, a national in-house detective for MusicWorld, gives a mother, Addison, and her two children Elizabeth and Collin his warm dry room during a snowstorm. Collin has a gift for healing which he dispenses at great cost to himself. As a young boy Nathan experienced a double tradgedy in his family. This experience has followed him throughout his life and affected most of his relationships. After meeting Addison and her children Nathan comes to view life in a more positive prospective. The...more
The Gift was just that, a gift to read. I was moved by the story, the power of physical and emotional healing and a reminder of the impact we can leave on those we come in contact with throughout our lives. We all have a gift to give to those we love, in one form or another. The greatest gift we could ever give doesn't cost us money or come wrapped in a package. This book left me wondering what my loved ones would say about the imprint I might leave on their lives when I am called home. Will my...more
Maria Carmo
This story is a Hymn to life's capacity for compassion and transformation. Little boy Collin is a "Christ - like" character, who can love so deeply that he gives his life for others, withering out as he uses his healing gift... The books characters find much needed peace, when they face their past with the courage to forgive others and, most importantly, themselves!!!!
A wonderfully inspiring book, absolutely a Good Read!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 18 Th. January 2013.
Have recently discovered Richard Paul Evans. Have enjoyed all of his books that I have read. Like the others this one was well-written, easy to read, kept my interest throughout, had interesting characters who I connected with and most of all the book had a good message and inspirational standards/ideas to live by. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this book. A very big plus!!
it was an awesome book gave new meaning to christmas gifts it was like once i started it i couldnt put it down but i loved the end thats all i am saying so i wont ruin it for other people !!!! must read must read must read
What a wonderful inspiring book. I loved it, and thought it sweet. I cried at different parts. The boy Collin was an inspiration to me as well.
Another tear jerker! I loved it!
I didn't expect this. Wow. Great book
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
Nathan Hurst has hated Christmas ever since a tragic accident occurred in his childhood for which he blames himself. Now, he lives a solitary life, working as security for a worldwide music store, and frequently traveling for his job. On one of his trips, he gets stranded at the airport due to a blizzard, and this is when he meets Addison and her two children, Lizzy and Collin. Soon, he discovers that Collin has a very powerful gift: he can heal others with a simple touch. However, Collin, just...more
I didn’t like this book as well as some of Evan’s later books, but it was well written and kept my attention. While the idea of a little boy who performs miracles was way out there, I kept reminding myself that yes, I do believe in miracles, including healing, and I do believe in all the religious points that this book assumes. It was the form that they appeared in- a young boy with cancer – that was a stretch. However, this is fiction and it was inspiring. RPE has some great “sound bite” quote...more
- This is a story of love and healing. It wasn't amazing, but it was good.

- The mini story/letter on the inside fold of the dust jacket is wonderful! Don't skip it!

- The only thing I know about Tourettes is what I've learned from What About Bob. Obviously, I was pretty ignorant on the subject. I learned a bit more about the syndrome from this book, and I didn't know the author had Tourettes.

- The story started out a bit slow, but it picks up about .25 of the way through. The rest is good.

- Mic...more
A perfect little Christmas story, nice and neat in a small package. Contains all the elements: help from a stranger, sick child, cold, misunderstood, person with great means, warm, vulnerable, person with limited means, evil ex husband, cold person warms up, warm lets guard down, love ensues and Timmy gets that operation after all! Need I say more? Actually, Timmy (or whatever his name is in this story) dies in the end. Hate to ruin it for you but you knew that was how it had to end. Great story...more
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Fabíola Maciel
Quem nunca sonhou em ter um dom, um talento? Todos nós, pelo menos uma vez, fantasiámos em ser extraordinários em algo, por mais simples que seja.

Collin não precisou de sonhar. Com apenas nove anos já viu este mundo e o outro como ninguém. Enfrentou as portas do Céu, mas recusou-se a entrar. Não era ainda a sua hora. Regressou à vida para mostrar o seu dom.

Addison, a sua mãe dedicada e protectora, vivenciou os poderes do filho na própria pele, quando ele a curou de um cancro. Nunca mais a sua v...more
Rosie Huff
I LOVED this book! It was such a fun read for me! I only read it in a couple of hours and it was a cute little story! I loved the characters especially Collin and Elizabeth! Addison, Nathan and Miche were also great people! Nathan was such an interesting person with an awful past! And I didn't expect to like him so much! Something else that was fun for me was that most of it took place in Murray, and I live like 1 block from where all the action occurred! My friend lives on Walden where Addison...more
Homewood Public Library
Nathan Hurst works security for a music store chain as a house detective only not the kind that walks around watching for shoplifters. He watches the transactions in over 300 stores and catches employees stealing from the company. In so doing he travels to other cities to complete investigations and have employees arrested. Some people are surprised when arrested. Some are shocked that they would be caught. So Nathan has saved the company lots of money and even has had some merchandise returned...more
Chances are that if I'm reading a Richard Paul Evans book, I'm trying to get out of a reading slump. His books are my comfort reads. This applies in this case. I had not picked up a book in a week! Unfortunately when I finished this one, I was back on the slump again ! Oh well.

This book did not disappoint. The characters were vivid. I distinctly knew who I like and did not. The storyline was tender. Another classic Evans tale with purpose and message. You'll need a box of Kleenex for this one....more
Wow! That was my initial reaction upon finishing The Gift by Richard Paul Evans. What an incredible story. I first learned of The Gift in a review in Entertainment Weekly, and then I came across it while doing some Christmas shopping, and thought I’d pick it up in an effort to awaken my holiday cheer. While not exactly a Christmas story, The Gift does take place around the holidays, and is truly a heart-warming story that did succeed in helping me get in the spirit.

With lots of short chapters, T...more
Richard Paul Evans writes such lovely stories and this was another one of them. A embittered young man, who also suffers from Tourettes and a chronic tic disorder, encounters a woman and her children who have been stranded at an airport because of a snow storm. His simple act of kindness offering to share his hotel suite with them begins a charming but poignant odyssey. One of the children, who has cancer, has a special gift - the gift of healing. But each time he heals someone, his life becomes...more
I've decided I like this author. He writes feel-good books with a message and a purpose.
This book deals with divorce, death and disappointment. Nevertheless and amidst the sorrows, the gift of love and life continues.
His characters are journal writers, and they share some of their entries. These entries are often deep and profound.
A few of my favorites from the character Nathan Hurst:
"Our thoughts are not haphazardly shot out into the cosmos. They are boomerangs."
"Sometimes to move forward, w...more
This was a typical tearjerker Christmas story and some may be turned off by its predictability, but I found it to be just the right book to read during the hectic, harried pace of Christmas week. It had a good message beyond the face of the story and was sweet, endearing and even though-provoking.

A man who went through a traumatic event as a child and has yet to really deal with his feelings of guilt meets a mother with two young children at an airport during Thanksgiving week. They are delayed...more
I read this book in just under 5 hours. Its a small hardcover, somewhere around 320-350 pages. From the moment I started it, I was simply unable to put it down. Even though you know from the very first page what the inevitable outcome is going to be, you still find yourself unable to stop turing the pages.

No tears streaming down my cheeks, but I did experience some blurred lines here and there... It pulls a little at the heart strings. Though there were a few times it seemed the author was prea...more
Judy Collins
I really enjoyed this book—great storytelling by Evans, as usual. Nathan works as head of security for a music store chain with tons of health issues since birth. With his travels he meets a woman with two children in an airport, stranded and offers to share his hotel suite, as the little boy was a chemo patient. This was the beginning of an amazing relationship. Colin was a special boy with a special gift of healing people; however, it would drain himself and his health when he used this gift....more
Katie W
I like Richard Paul Evans' writing style--reading this story was like embarking on a new adventure while at the same time meeting an old friend--because his writing is conversational and has it's own unique flavor. This was another amazing story. I liked how it opened with James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above [...]." I also liked these quotes:

"There is no hurt so great that love cannot heal it."

"Heroes rarely look the way we draw them in our minds: attractive, imposing figures w...more
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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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