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The Christmas Box Miracle: My Spiritual Journey of Destiny, Healing and Hope

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In 1994, Richard Paul Evans, then an unknown writer, self-published a short book entitled The Christmas Box. That book went on to become an international bestseller, selling more than seven million copies and touching the lives of many more people along the way.

The Christmas Box Miracle is the story behind the book that has become a Christmas classic: how a man writes an

ebook, 272 pages
Published December 6th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 1st 2001)
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Dec 13, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the author's journey in writing, publishing and promoting the best selling story, The Christmas Box. Although he had no intention of publishing the book in the beginning, it eventually became a source of healing for hundreds or more, especially for those that have lost a child. I have not read the Christmas Box yet, but I was able to follow and enjoy this book perfectly. This book is more about the divine intervention involved in the creation of The Christmas Box. I believe th ...more
Jan 31, 2008 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect when I opened this book. Evans's story is very heart warming and helps one have a firm hope in finding purpose in life and achieving it through the Lord's means and in His time table. It makes me want to read his Christmas Box story.
Dee Ann
May 07, 2008 Dee Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great example of following the spiritual promptings in our lives. The story of how Richard Paul Evans wrote "The Christmas Box"
Jan 07, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Let me first say that this is not a book I would have sought out and read on my own. It was given to me as a gift, and sat on my bookshelf for a few years until I finally read it with my husband.
So, I can sum up this book for you in one sentence: "I wrote this little book called The Christmas Box and it was phenomenally successful, and everyone loved it, and I am awesome, and oh yeah, I can't take any credit for it." That's about it.
If you looooved The Christmas Box then you'll probably like
Julie Barrett
May 20, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas Box Miracle by Richard Evans
Story of how the Christmas Box book was written and the whole story behind how it even got published.
Happy to learn of how the book effects others. Many quotes from the Christmas Box as they relate to this book.
Today show interview with Katie and Brian I think really set the trend for others to obtain this read and what it could mean to their own lives.
Struggles to make the local Angel Statue and I applaud him to his devotion and to learn there are many
Aug 18, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many aspects of this book that I enjoyed. How a person stuck to the things that he felt he should do and did them. How he published his very human short comings. Yet another recurring theme of how a book wrote itself. The spiritual side of this whole story was refreshing and encouraging. The idea of writing a book for the sake of writing a book without having to write it how other people might want you to write was very awesome as well.
Mar 31, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read The Christmas Box every Christmas until I read this book. Although he may not have meant to boast about the number of books that had been sold, it came across that way to me. It really ruined the Christmas Box for me.
Ml Herman
Dec 29, 2013 Ml Herman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this little book. It made me think about all of the miraculous moments in my life. I think we could all benefit from reflecting on our God directed moments and understanding His plan in our lives.
Dec 05, 2008 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting and inspiring to read about his personal journey with writing the Christmas Box. I was pleased to hear about all the good he is doing with his sucesses.
Mar 25, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a cheesy ball of emotionally manipulative fluff.
Dec 07, 2008 TK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this so much more than The Christmas Box book itself. It was inspiring and powerful.
Elaine Moore
This book has a powerful testimony of how Heavenly Father takes care of His children.
Dec 04, 2016 Kerri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a history of how the author Richard Evans came up with the idea for The Christmas Box. The Christmas Box was a fictional story, but elements of that story were formed from some of Evans life events growing up. I would definitely recommend reading The Christmas Box before reading this book because it would make a lot more sense.

I had read the Christmas Box a few years ago and thought little of it a few years later. In fact, I don’t even remember what it was about even after I read th
I read Richard Paul Evans first book "The Christmas Box" about 6 years ago and loved it. I then started finding his others books and reading those and he became my favorite author. I discovered this book was out there and loved it as well. It also confirmed he is still my favorite author. This book basically gives you the behind the scenes look at how his first book "The Christmas Box" came about and all the different situations that occurred while trying to promote the book. If you have not rea ...more
Rhonda B
Dec 17, 2016 Rhonda B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not exactly what I thought it would be but it was interesting all the same. When we pick up a book most times there is no thought in how it came about. This story is about the miracle of the making and distributing of the Christmas box. A story about a story! Very interesting to see how the hand of God works in our lives.

Favorite quote from the book: That which we spend our lives hoping for is often no more than another chance to do what we should have done to begin with.
Jan 10, 2017 Dru rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was the book "The Christmas Box" but I found out it was only the book telling how the author wrote it and it became so successful. I was disappointed. It was a bit over the top bragging. Not what a wanted at all.
Dec 22, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book.. I'm not sure if I've read his original book, but I need to reread it or read it. It was interesting to learn of his struggles to publish a book that was very uniquely received by its' readers.
Thelma Phillips
Dec 07, 2016 Thelma Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book. i love all of his books
Dec 27, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I probably wouldn't have thought to pick up this book if someone hadn't given it to me. I probably would have liked it better if I had already read The Christmas Box, but I think it was still kind of interesting to hear how this writer got his start and what inspired and led him to write his first book.

Here are a few quotes I liked:

"I believe there is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in most people's philosophy. I believe there is occasional interaction between our world and the unseen
Sep 21, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. Mr. Evans has such a way with words.
Mar 29, 2014 Jacquline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ince it was first published, more than seven million people have been touched by the magic of The Christmas Box, a holiday classic that is as beloved in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens's.
When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box, he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Though he often told them that he loved them, he didn't feel that they could ever really understand the depth of his feelings until they had experienced the
Barbara M
Britt is being saddled with a job-shadower. He just happens to be a very well-known actor who is making a new movie with a part as a newspaper reporter. The boss assigned him to Britt in the hopes of helping her through a tough time since she is still dealing with the aftermath of shooting her way out of a bad situation (the last book). She denies there are problems but she knows she is experiencing PTS. The actor, Lance Westfell, turns out to be a nice guy but the movie is being plagued by even ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeremy
Yesterday morning I got up when my husband went to work, and although I knew my body was still tired, I couldn't fall back asleep. So I decided to read one of the Christmas books I have had out on my coffee table for the last two weeks. I had read The Christmas Box Miracle 6 years ago and really liked it then, so when I saw a copy of it at the DI for $2 this last year, I bought it. It was a really good book to reread this Christmas. It brought a lot of emotions to the surface (like so many Chris ...more
A.L. Sowards
Dec 01, 2009 A.L. Sowards rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
This book is about how the author got his first book, The Christmas Box, published. I find book publishing interesting, so I also found his story interesting, though I did wonder if his publishers were a little desperate for a Christmas book that particular season. I do owe Richard Paul Evans my thanks though. He starts every chapter off with a quotation. While reading The Christmas Box Miracle, I thought I probably wasn’t smart enough to have quotes at the beginning of my chapters. Then I thoug ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching and honest portrayal of an author's writing journey. I enjoyed the descriptions of encounters Evans had with strangers who seemed to need a comforting reading experience, and who found his book (The Christmas Box) to be a good source for that. I enjoyed learning about the choices and circumstances surrounding his publishing and publicity experiences. I also liked the author's choice to use language that was straightforward, rather than the writing style of "The Christmas Box", which I ...more
Rose Klix
Maybe as an aspiring author I was meant to read Richard Paul Evans account of how his little book became famous. Our book club selection for December was his "The Christmas Box." It wasn't available for me when I wanted to check it out at the library. So I opted to read his similarly titled book instead.
He had quite a roller coaster ride, first as self-published and struggling for recognition. Then the publishers fought over his book rights.
Sometimes, I felt that he just wanted to brag about h
Nov 29, 2012 Carole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone gave me this book because they had an extra copy. When I first started reading it, I wasn't sure that I would even finish it. I read The Christmas Box many years ago and really liked it, but I had trouble initially really getting into this book. It is about how the author ended up writing the book, self publishing it, and experiences connected with this. I guess there have been some pretty strange and amazing things connected with it. There were a number of them that brought tears to my ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Dad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I was excited to find out how "The Christmas Box" was inspired. It is interesting all the people this book has gone on to touch. The blessing this man received from his grandfather has come true to the truest extent. I want to see the angel in the Salt Lake Cemetery. This is a very interesting book and fun to read.
I had read "The Christmas Box" a long time ago. I came across a Richard Paul Evans book, "Winter Dream" in my Mom's belongings after she died. I read it and in less than a year have d
Jun 16, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is talking about the phenomenon around the book The Christmas Box. I have never read that book, but now intend to read it. It it talking about a father who was not making it working and decided to right a book. No publisher wanted to publish it. He gave it for Christmas gifts one year and had all sorts of phone calls from family, friends and strangers telling him how great the book was. He published the book and in a years time, started a new foundation to help abused children, was on ...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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