Sunday, December 17, 2017

Review: The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

3.5 stars for The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans.

The Christmas List is a Christmas story of true redemption, of death, rebirth and second chance.

What can possibly happen if people read their obituary before they die and have first-hand experience of what the world really think of them?

Yes, we all get lost sometimes. And when we find ourselves with the truth, knowing fully the pain and hurt caused to others and knowing there is no way to make it better, that realization can be devastating. The trick is to believe that we are worth finding and have the strength of will to make amends.

Having read this book, the author has fulfilled what he set out to accomplish. He has written and shared a holiday story that not only warms the festive season but my heart as well.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 22 Sep 2009

*** Favourite quote 1 ***

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. That way he can't do anything to you because you're a mile away and you've got his shoes.

*** Favourite quote 2 ***

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.

~ The Christmas List
Richard Paul Evans


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. While the photograph was the same, the headline could not have been more different. Not many people get to read their own obituary.

Local real estate mogul dies in automobile crash

Utah real estate develop James Kier was pronounced dead after his car collided with a concrete pylon on southbound I-80. Authorities believe Kier may have had a heart attack prior to swerving off the road.

Kier put the paper down. He had no idea what the article was about to set in motion.

*Blurb from author's website*

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