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The Christmas List
The Christmas List
Author: Richard Paul Evans
The New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box returns with a holiday novel of hope, love, and redemption. — 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 lif...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439150009
ISBN-10: 1439150001
Publication Date: 10/6/2009
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 70 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
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 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!
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Richard Paul Evans does it again. Can't put the book down. Fast read.
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Absolutely wonderful book. Another well-written tear-jerker.
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Another good book by Evans. The story will make you stop and think about a few things. I look forward to reading more of his books in the future. I also love the way he designs his books.
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Reading this book was like reading "A Christmas Carol" but a realistic version. It was well written and touching in several parts. I'd recommend it for someone who wants a quick Christmas Feel-Good type of read.
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very nice christmas story, easy read, didn't want to put it down, like a modern day a scrooge story
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A modern day Christmas Carol. I finished this the day before Christmas Eve and it brought tears to my eyes. One of my favorite Christmas stories.