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The Christmas List

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  11,984 ratings  ·  1,017 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.
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Published October 6th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2009)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Saturday - three weeks before Christmas

James Kier looked back and forth between the newspaper headline and the photograph of himself, not sure if he should laugh or call his attorney. It was the same photograph the Tribune had used a couple of years earlier when they featured him on the front page of the business section. He had worn a silver herringbone-weave Armani over a black silk t-shirt for the photo session, the corner of an ebony silk handkerchief peeked strategically from the
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Jinky
Shelves: christmas, populist
James Kier is a ruthless businessman. Ruthless in the sense that what he wants is only to make money and he does not care about the feelings of his employees and their families. He also does foul business practices and he enjoys seeing his competitors close their shops. There was a time when he drove one of his competitors to bankruptcy by clandestinely buying all the materials in the market so the poor winner (his competitor) in the bidding had to close shop so James Kier got the job for his co ...more
Shawna
Dec 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are some spoilers in this review.

Having had first-hand experience with a relative that died of pancreatic cancer, I was disgusted with Evans' patently romanticized version of Sara Kier's death. One does not impart declarations of love and a pithy bon mot about how heaven-won't-be-heaven-if-you-are-not-there-my-love in the final stages of death by pancreatic cancer. In reality Sara Kier would have been comatose. And the schmaltz doesn't end there...Sara dies on Christmas Day...which was the
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Julie
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This is a modern day Ebenezer Scrooge story. Kiel is a very busy business man who has left his wife and son. He and his girlfriend have plans to steal away for the weekend at a quaint bed and breakfast in the mountains. He arrives early and waits...and waits...and waits. She never comes. The morning paper arrives and he sees his obituary. He supposedly died on the trip!

Comments are pouring in from all over the world about him. Comments that you don't want to read about yourself. The only nice o
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Jill
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book was a Christmas present two years ago. At the time I really wanted to read it and I was reading a lot of Christmas books, and then the holiday passed and I guess it ended up on the shelf for longer than I was planning. I think though that sometimes books come to you when you need them or are ready for them, so it wasn't really forgotten there on the shelf, it was just biding it's time until it was the right read for me for right now. Maybe that sounds silly, but I know I buy books thin ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
This book was inspired in part by Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and reading it, I can certainly see the parallels. However, while Scrooge's sin was indifference to others' suffering, the miser in this story, a business exec named James Kier, is guilty of causing suffering. Instead of being visited by a ghost, as Scrooge was, his change of heart comes after his identity is mixed up with that of a car accident victim: he reads his own obituary and finds out what people really think of him.

All in all
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Judy
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since some of my Christmas decorations are still up--hey, I think that once you reach June, you should just leave them up because December is right around the corner--I decided to read this as a "Christmas in July" treat. Not such a treat. This book is a retelling of A Christmas Carol without Jacob Marley dragging his chains and I missed that. James Kier reads his obituary in the newspaper while at a bed and breakfast several hours from home and when he logs onto the computer he finds out that h ...more
D
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a kind of modern retelling of Dickens' Christmas Carol but without the ghosts and time travel. I read this book to get in the holiday spirit. It is did not get me in the holiday spirit. It was one of the most depressing books I have read in a long time. Set in areas of Salt Lake City I am well famliar with, this is the story of a man who totally messes up his life and then decides one day, after mistakenly being reported as dead, to put things back together and change. The problem i ...more
Elizabeth
I just listened to this book rather than reading it this year- my library had the audio and it helped me get through a few work days. Beautiful beautiful book. I got more out of it this year than I did last year. I think it will be a yearly read or listen for me.

This book was outstanding! I couldn't put it down! Thank you so much, Jennifer!
Kristin Lees
What a fast read! Those mini chapters kept me talking myself into reading another. I liked the tidy and good-feeling ending with such an unlikable character you think it’s impossible. Without Sara and Linda, it would all be impossible. Entertaining modern day Scrooge!
Karin
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, novel, fiction
A not-so-sweet man reads his own death obituary and all the mean comments from people in the community. He tries to make amends but not even his estranged wife wants to give him a second chance b/c they think he's not really sorry, but sorry he got 'caught'. He learns that some mistakes aren't fixable just cause he wants to change. He does try, tho. A little naively, thinking that an 'I'm sorry' would fix everything even tho he ruined their lives, and that on purpose. These were actions to swind ...more
Amy Ingalls
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This story is like a Hallmark movie-- cheesy and feel-good and predictable. Sometimes that is just what I am looking for!
Carole
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, christmas
This was just the book I wanted for this Christmas season. A quick read with an inspirational message of forgiveness and that people can change their ways.
Nancy
Nov 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has the subtlety of a sledgehammer. After an unbelievable epiphany, the main character goes from being the most heartless man on earth to being the most loving. What upset me the most is that the character couldn't even make his own list. He destroyed countless lives with his greed, but looked to his secretary to define his redemption.


We all need to live the best lives we can. However, his need for external validation represents one of the main deficiencies in our society. Searching f
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Karla
Was a perfect Christmas read I was a blubbering mess by the end. This was a great read to get you in the giving, loving mood for Christmas. The main character of the story reminded me in some ways of Scrooge with a modern twist. This would be a good read to take on a journey or trip home to see the in-laws. Make sure to take your tissue along. Great book about love, family, loss, redemption, giving, and forgivness.
JoAnn/QuAppelle
I did finish this book, or would have given it one star, but this was a stretch for me.

What is the appeal of this author? The writing is amateurish, the theme is overused, and the whole "story" is manipulative. After hearing for years how awful he was, all of a sudden this guy has a "revelation" after reading some things written about him on a website.

Worst of all, he had to ask his secretary to come up with the list of people he had damaged!!! He could not even do this himself?

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I know that Evans’ works are hugely popular, and I feel as if I’m dissing a saint. But really … this is so maudlin and formulaic. Rich, ruthless businessman is reformed just in time for Christmas with the help of his trusty assistant. Oh, and I really hate how he strings people along as he prepares to give them a great gift. What a jerk!
Diana
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Kerr is a successful businessman. There is a sudden death and through a mistaken identity, he is presumed dead. When he reads his obituary, he is appalled at the poor opinion people have of him. People see him as a ruthless, heartless businessman. Also, his estranged wife, Sara, is dying. As James sets out to discover more, he tries to undo some of the grief he has caused. Can he and will he really change his ideas and beliefs.
Judith Teggelaar
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and touching story in the tradition of Ebenezer Scrooge. A hard-hearted business man, after seeing his premature obituary, has a change of heart and seeks forgiveness from those he has wronged. It has you pulling for the bad guy.
Kim Ivins
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline Perez
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet story of redemption and reconnecting during the Christmas season. I really enjoyed it!
Tonya
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New to this Author but quickly becoming one of my favorites. Well written touching story.
Loraine
SUMMARY: A heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box, Grace, The Gift, and Finding Noel. The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk series returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption. James Kier has gone through a good portion of life looking out for #1 at the cost of his marriage as well as his relationship with his son. But being best at business and making money is all he can focus on until he reads of his ...more
Sarah
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Though this story has some sadness in it, it was very good. A story to make you think. A good reminder of how our lives touch others.
Shonda
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
James Kier is reading his morning paper when he reads an obituary. His obituary. Puzzled by the false report, he searches the internet and finds a story explaining his death. Even though he knows he’s very much alive, it’s the anonymous, (and not so anonymous) unsympathetic comments he reads, that cause him to re-evaluate his life.

James Kier is a shrewd real state investor. He’s richer than rich and will be the first to admit he’s taken advantage of many individuals to reach the top spot. Does h
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Liz
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, 2009
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Nandi Crawford
It is hard for me to put this book in any of my categories, but I have put it towards Holiday stories; I wrote on Mr Evans' facebook page that he was probably one of the few authors left who could write some of the best writings that somehow encourage mankind to go on. I like that. In this book, although it starts us hating the man, by the end, we have a change in attitude. James Kier is a powerful businessman in Salt Lake City who isn't above doing unscrupulous things to get his way in the busi ...more
Mary
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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Judy Collins
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice warming Christmas read! A good lesson for each of us ---James Kier is a man driven by money, he never cared about whom he had to step on to get it, and even left his wife with cancer. He has lost himself in the business world until one day when he reads his own obituary (mistaken identity)—forcing him to rethink his life and make amends with all his enemies (lots of them) and make it right for each of them.

Not easy endeavors as he encounters many issues, as most of his enemies are not so
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Stephanie
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, reviewed
The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans was a wonderful, quick read. It’s a modern retelling of Scrooge about a guy, James Kier, a money hungry, selfish businessman, stomping on people left and right to benefit himself and make more money. He’s even left his wife, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. One day, he reads his obituary in the newspaper after a mix-up, and sees all the spiteful comments people left about him online after they believe he is dead, and he has a change of heart. He ma ...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
“We humans...are seriously flawed. The things that are the most necessary, the most critical to us, are the things we take most for granted. Air. Water. Love.

If you have someone to love, you are lucky. If they love you back, you're blessed. And if you waste the time you have to love them, you're a fool.”
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“Can you ever forgive me?
I already have.
How could you? I don't deserve it.
That's what makes it love.”
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