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The Christmas List eBook ☆ The Christmas ePUB


    The Christmas List eBook ☆ The Christmas ePUB field with a remarkably low on the job casualty rateWhat intrigues me most about Mrs Johnson s assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy How do we want to be remembered That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapersAs I began to write this book, I had two objectives First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them Their legacySecond, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption One of my family s holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens s A Christmas Carol I don t know how many times I ve seen it perhaps a dozen , but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight fisted miser into a penitent, giddy as aschoolboy man with love in his heart I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person That s what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your heartsMerry Christmas."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 353 pages
  • The Christmas List
  • Richard Paul Evans
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 1439150001

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  1. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    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 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 breast pocket The black and white photograph was carefully posed and lighted to leave half his face in shadow The photographer, a black clad young Japanese man with a shock of bright pink hair, chose to shoot in black and white because, in the photographer s words, he was going for a Ying Yang effect to fully capture Kier s inner complexities The photographer was good at his craft Kier s expression revealed a leaky confidence While the photograph was the same, the headline could not have beendifferent Not many people get to read their own obituary ABOUT THIS BOOK Dear Reader,When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs Johnson, gave our class the intriguing if somewhat macabre assignment of writing our own obituaries Oddly, I don t remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died in first place on the final lap of the Daytona 500 At the time, I hadn t considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on the job casualty rate.What intrigues me most about Mrs Johnson s assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy How do we want to be remembered That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapers.As I began to write this book, I had two objectives First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them Their legacy.Second, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption One of my family s holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens s A Christmas Carol I don t know how many times I ve seen it perhaps a dozen , but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight fisted miser into a penitent, giddy as a schoolboy man with love in his heart I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person That s what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your hearts.Merry Christmas MY THOUGHTS I know it s not Christmas, that has been and gone, but this modern day version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol appealed and, I am pleased to say, was a rewarding read Reading his obituary, and all the accompanying online comments, is a real eye opener for this very successful and self absorbed businessman It did make me wonder what mine might say about me Beyond that all that I am going to say is, have a box of tissues handy 3.5 stars for this emotional work by Richard Paul Evans I listened to The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans, narrated by John Dorsett and published by Simon and Schuster Audio, via OverDrive All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com


  2. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    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 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 company Then he marches to his competitor, calls him donkey and says that he should improve on his planning.One day, he is reading the newspaper and sees an obituary of himself What s in it makes him think of what he is doing in his life So he asks his secretary to make a list of the people he has wronged and as he wants to make amends Since the list is given 3 weeks before Christmas, he now refers this as his Christmas List So, the rest of the story is about the lives of these 6 people who his secretary thinks her boss hurt or did wrong in the past and how James Kier tries to use his money and power to make them happy and his secretary is like his guardian angel You see, James Kier and his secretary work very closely that the secretary knows almost everything about her boss.Sounds like very similar to the plot of Charles Dicken s The Christmas Carol minus of course the three ghosts Instead, the plot is filled with people who were like characters in a T.V afternoon drama There is nothing to it really It s just that they mouth terribly melodramatic words and they are there to highlight how opportunistic James Kier as a person not even as just a savvy businessman It is like James Kier is all evil and the other characters, the ones that have been wronged, are good if not like angels without wings.Life does not normally work that way, right There are always the good side and the bad side in everyone John Paul Evans way of presenting his characters is what I am not so happy about his works it is so simplistic that his characters appear like unreal or caricatures.But the theme of repentance followed by redemption is there and oh what the hell, at some points in our lives, we all sat down on front of the television and watched afternoon series Or like Coney Reyes in the recent hit T.V series 100 Days. The ABS CBN writers were probably inspired by Dickens or maybe even this one


  3. Esme Esme says:

    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 thereSara dies on Christmas Daywhich was the 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 thereSara dies on Christmas Daywhich was their 25th wedding anniversary to boot Another point where I had a lot of trouble suspending disbelief was when Sara tells her son how good his father used to be, how he had wanted to be a social worker, how he had been a just and upright man, it was only after he got swindled that he turned evil So Junior had never before heard this bit of family lore What house did he grow up in Was Sarah keeping it a secret Call me crazy, but it seems like this family history should have come out much sooner, say the first time Junior expressed anger or frustration with his absentee father, maybe at age 13 We are lead to believe that James Kier is real estate developer in Utah, and Mormonism is never mentionedI can t believe that Mormons in good standing aren t going to be a little wary of doing business with a man who appears to be an unrepentant sociopath Wouldn t his reputation preceed him in such a community and he d quickly be frozen out Finally, James keeps a Bible given to him by an old woman whose walk he shoveled as an adolescent, a Bible that he can lay his hands on immediately It s not buried in some box in the attic somewhere, no, apparently he took it with him when he left his cancer ravaged wife So the moral we are to take from this little syrupy gem is that apparently, when you are rich, it is super easy to make amends First, because you can afford to take lots of time off work and have your staff handle everything You can buy houses for people you ve wronged, you can give your loyal secretary an outrageous pay raise and let her work from home, you can remodel your basement to create an art studio for the son you ve neglected, endow scholarships, etcso what are us working class slobs supposed to do I guess since we ll never have the power to be as cartoonishly evil as James Kier, we don t have to worry about it This book is a heavy handed morality tale with very little nuance and flat characters If this novel had been written by a thirteen year old girl, I d say the girl had some talent, but I expectthan this pabulum from a grown man with 13 bestsellers to his credit


  4. Carole Carole says:

    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.


  5. Ange H Ange H says:

    Christmas 2019 Book 2 NICE So far I m on a roll with my 2019 Christmas reading I really enjoyed this story, which was a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol without the supernatural overtones.Jim Kier is a wealthy, ruthless businessman despised by everyone he knows, including his son He has done truly terrible things and ruined lives After he is declared dead in a case of mistaken identity, he gets a rare chance to find out what people really think of him via on line comments on his obi Christmas 2019 Book 2 NICE So far I m on a roll with my 2019 Christmas reading I really enjoyed this story, which was a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol without the supernatural overtones.Jim Kier is a wealthy, ruthless businessman despised by everyone he knows, including his son He has done truly terrible things and ruined lives After he is declared dead in a case of mistaken identity, he gets a rare chance to find out what people really think of him via on line comments on his obituary This convenience was not available to Ebenezer Scrooge, who needed the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future to provide this service Determined to repent and become a better man, Jim compiles a list of people he has hurt the worst and sets about to make amends It was definitely unrealistic but I found it to be a touching read that really put me in the Christmas spirit


  6. Julie Julie says:

    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 waitsand waitsand 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 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 waitsand waitsand 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 ones From his wife Who he left Who he served with divorce papers the day she had her first chemo treatment What a jerk Kiel decides he wants to change things After all, he s alive Now he just has to convince others of that He calls his secretary Linda and asks for a list of all the people who he s wronged in life She returns with a list of 5 stating that these were the most affected He sets out on a quest to right these wrongs and along the way, learns many valuable lessons This book was written out of an experience that the author had while still in school His English teacher had him to write his own obituary I have my students to do the same It s a lesson in leaving legacies What kind of legacy would you leave What would you want others saying about you when you are no longer here I highly recommend this book It didn t necessarily have to center around Christmas because the story could apply at any time This book will make you consider choices you have made in this life There is still time to make amends if you need to Leave a legacy you d be proud to read of in the paper


  7. Jill Jill says:

    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 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 thinking I can t wait to read them, only to let them sit for months or years and then when I pick them up they are just what I was looking for then.This is the first book I ve read by Richard Paul Evans I ve thought about picking up other titles he has written, but for whatever reason I haven t I know I have seen some of the his made for TV movies made from his books like The Christmas Box.The main thing I brought away from this book is that it is never too late to do the right thing and that there areimportant things in life than money I know we all know that, but to have it brought home in a meaningful way is so much better than just spouting platitudes James Keir reminded me quite a bit of Scrooge and how his death affected other people To get to see what people really thought about you because they believe you have died was a blessing for him because it opened his eyes to his past mistakes and took him on the path of righting the wrongs he had done A modern retelling in a new and light


  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    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 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, it s an interesting premise, but I found the book to be a disappointment The characters, for the most part, are too flat to be engaging The dialogue is too soppy sweet, and parts of the book just feel like a cheap Harlequin Some elements are so ridiculous as to be funny, and parts of the book, particularly parts involving some of the flatter characters, were almost predictable Worse, the main character s initial interest in the people that he s hurt, which ultimately leads to his redemption, is just a little too sudden, out of character, and convenient to be believable The worst part for me, as a reader, came about two thirds of the way through the book, when his ex wife delivers a shmaltzy monologue about how she will always love him because this horrible person that he is isn t who he really is She even tells of a specific bad situation that turned him into the cruel, selfish person he became I think I understand what Evans was trying to do showing that everyone has a past, that the main character is himself a victim, and so forth but the whole passage just left a bad taste in my mouth In addition to being an unrealistic and also unnecessary back story, it makes the main character seem rather passive and dumb He s not really a villain, you see, not on purpose he just kind of fell into it and doesn t realize what he s doing I don t think it makes sense for someone just to change in a single moment for no good reason Star Wars III, anyone , particularly since the cruel person that James became is polar opposite to the kind, generous, loving person he was People can change, of course, which isor less the point to the story, but I don t think people suddenly start doing things they never would have done before without serious, conscious, thought It also takes away from his triumph when he changes his life for the better He wasn t fixing a gradual mistake, nor was he even changing himself since, as we find out, the bad, hurtful person who is, as you may recall, worse even than Scrooge wasn t really who he was to begin with That said, the book wasn t all bad not by far After I began it, I couldn t put it down, and I stayed up until one or two o clock just to finish it There were some aspects of this book that were very well done, especially in those places where Evans differed from Dickens famous novel For one thing, James Kier s change of heart does not come in a single epiphany He decides to make amends for his actions near the beginning of the book, but he isconcerned about his legacy, his reputation, than about his own morality This attitude is very real and human His subsequent encounters with the people he s hurt are what lead to his ultimate change, and this change comes gradually, rather than in a single moment It was well done, all things considered Best of all, I liked that he was unable to make amends for everything he d done He has destroyed lives, and no amount of sorriness or good will can change the past I liked the darker edge that the book got from his visits with his former victims victims is probably the wrong word, but I couldn t think of what else to call it Moreover, it is these victims, particularly Estelle, who are among the most real, fleshed out characters, even though they only appear for a handful of pages Perhaps Evans should have written less about James family and business associates and business associates families , and includedabout the people whom James visits, who are the reason for James change of heart As it stands, they are just shunted into the background And they re the best part of the book


  9. Becky R. Becky R. says:

    Richard Paul Evans is famous for his The Christmas Box series I was one of those kids who received his books for many Christmases along the way, and have almost everything he s ever written The funny thing is, all of them were gifts, and I might not have picked them up had someone not given them to me Why I can t really say, but I somehow thought these were too short to really have a story I could sink my teeth into I m happy to say, I was wrong.In The Christmas List, we find a what if st Richard Paul Evans is famous for his The Christmas Box series I was one of those kids who received his books for many Christmases along the way, and have almost everything he s ever written The funny thing is, all of them were gifts, and I might not have picked them up had someone not given them to me Why I can t really say, but I somehow thought these were too short to really have a story I could sink my teeth into I m happy to say, I was wrong.In The Christmas List, we find a what if story that asks what you would do if you woke one morning and found that you were reported dead, and your obituary was posted in the newspaper For real estate, businessman, James Kier, this is his reality In the process of divorcing his wife, who is dying of cancer, and putting people out of their homes and properties around Christmas, nothing seems too low for Kier The depths of his selfishness and greed can make your blood run cold, until Kier reads his own obituary and reads the comments posted in the online comments following it and realizes what he s become.Overall, I really enjoyed this novel The story felt developed enough that I genuinely cared about the various characters we were introduced to I liked the redemption built into the story, and the way Evans showed how one man tried to turn a disastrous life around This was a great, subtle Christmas spirit novel


  10. Judy Judy says:

    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 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 he is universally hated and practically everyone he knows is thankful that he is dead In fact the only person who defends him is his wife, Sara, who he is divorcing while she is in the last stages of cancer Lovely man The obituary is a case of mistaken identity so James goes to the memorial service for the James Kier who really died and finds out that the dead man was a school bus driver who was universally loved and changed the lives of everyone around him So James decides that he is going to change and find the people that he has wronged in his life and make restitution You could cut the schmaltz with a knife, and a butter knife at that Not worth the time when A Christmas Carol has the same message and is a far, far better book


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The Christmas List[BOOKS] ✰ The Christmas List ✺ Richard Paul Evans – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemptionDear Reader,When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher, Mrs Johnson, gave our The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemptionDear Reader,When I was in seventh grade, my English The Christmas ePUB ↠ teacher, Mrs Johnson, gave our class the intriguing if somewhat macabre assignment of writing our own obituaries Oddly, I don t remember much of what I wrote about my life, but I do remember how I died in first place on the final lap of the DaytonaAt the time, I hadn t considered writing as an occupation, a field with a remarkably low on the job casualty rateWhat intrigues me most about Mrs Johnson s assignment is the opportunity she gave us to confront our own legacy How do we want to be remembered That question has motivated our species since the beginning of time from building pyramids to putting our names on skyscrapersAs I began to write this book, I had two objectives First, I wanted to explore what could happen if someone read their obituary before they died and saw, firsthand, what the world really thought of them Their legacySecond, I wanted to write a Christmas story of true redemption One of my family s holiday traditions is to see a local production of Charles Dickens s A Christmas Carol I don t know how many times I ve seen it perhaps a dozen , but it still thrills me to see the change that comes over Ebenezer Scrooge as he transforms from a dull, tight fisted miser into a penitent, giddy as aschoolboy man with love in his heart I always leave the show with a smile on my face and a resolve to be a better person That s what I wanted to share with you, my dear readers, this Christmas a holiday tale to warm your season, your homes, and your heartsMerry Christmas.


About the Author: Richard Paul Evans

When Richard Paul Evans wrote the best seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author His quiet story of parental love and The Christmas ePUB ↠ the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the hardcover and paperback book in the nation Since then,than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed He has since written eleven consecutive New York Times bestsellers He is one the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non fiction bestseller lists He has won several awards for his books including the American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, and the Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award His books have been translated intothan languages and several have been international best sellers.