Christmas Countdown – #7
Happy Sunday! I can’t believe it is December now. Christmas is getting so close!! We are now into week 3 of Countdown to Christmas for 2017! Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.
This week’s book is The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Boxreturns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption.
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-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 hearts.
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The Christmas List is a thoughtful and heartwarming read. It has A Christmas Carol vibes, but the story is very much its own. I originally read this book because of it’s premise: a selfish man wakes up to find his obituary in the newspaper – even though he’s not dead. It is the first thing that starts the gears moving and changes his life for the better. This book is less sad that Richard Paul Evans other book, The Christmas Box – which I featured last year, which I kind of liked, because while I’m okay with sad books sometimes, I like to have some of my Christmas books be a bit happier! This book really makes a lovely and enjoyable Christmas read!
Let me know if you’ve read The Christmas List, and if not, is it a book you might be interested in?
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