Here is a heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box and Finding Noel. Sure to be a classic, this new tale brings to life the joy of the season and demonstrates the redemptive power of love.
©2007 Richard Paul Evans; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.
"The tightly honed narrative, brimming with good intention to find courage in shared suffering, soon brings everyone together." (Publishers Weekly)
This story will take you through all your emotions. This is a great listen. Well worth the download. Excellent narration
Emotional, touching story with well-developed characters and a message beyond the actual story. Highly recommendable.
I enjoyed this light holiday book. It is a heart-warming story, but was a little on the unrealistic side at parts. I would listen to it again next Christmas, as it helped me escape my work life on my drive home. If you are one that over analyzes books, you may not enjoy it as much.
I think Richard Paul Evans is at his best when he uses allegory to bring universal themes to light. There are so many here. There is no suggestion that Collin is himself any type of deity. The books makes you wonder what the true gifts we give those we love are. Are we willing to give all to those whom we love? Have we ever received those types of gifts from others? I believe in a God who heals completely, both body and spirit. I enjoyed reading this book. While Collin was a physical healer, the truer gifts were those that healed the burdens of spirit that people carried who encountered Collin. Some people can give and receive gifts of the spirit -- Mr. Evans has given one -- the story is just a way to open your own heart to the gifts that you can give and receive to those you love. Forgiveness. Repentance. Love.
Jesus Christ is reduced to another gifted man, just like Mohammad, Gandhi and other people of the ages. Even comparing Conner's gift to Jesus is a stretch since Conner's gift does not bring peace, and definitely does not bring people together. This story is the modern day religion that tries to parallel the real Jesus and attempts to bring another alternative belief to the Gospel of Peace. In the end it just brings more sorrow, to a world full of
Don't ever try to compete with the real Jesus and his message for mankind - the Gospel of Peace.
Richard is an excellent writer, as I have listened to other stories of his. He makes each character come to reality.
This is a very sad book, very disappointing.
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