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Christmas Box

Christmas Box

Written by Richard Evans

Narrated by Richard Thomas


Christmas Box

Written by Richard Evans

Narrated by Richard Thomas

ratings:
4.5/5 (56 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Dec 1, 1995
ISBN:
9780743542814
Format:
Audiobook

Description

"Whatever the reason, I find that with each passing Christmas the story of the Christmas box is told less and needed more. So I record it now for all future generations to accept or dismiss, as seems them good. As for me, I believe. And it is, after all, my story."

So begins The Christmas Box, the touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what Christmas is really about. The Christmas Box is a Christmas story unlike any other.
Released:
Dec 1, 1995
ISBN:
9780743542814
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    The touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what Christmas is really all about.
  • (4/5)
    Nice Christmas story. Follows Timepiece.
  • (4/5)
    Tearjerker that I know I read years ago. Widow Mary Ann invites a young family to move in with her. They accept and before her death, she tries to teach the workaholic father what is really important in live.
  • (4/5)
    Not a bad story, another slightly typical Christmas story. I am seeing a pattern in Christmas stories where someone gets sick (usually cancer) and the "Christmas miracle" takes place. This was my first time reading a book by Richard Paul Evans. He is a good storyteller and it is easy to see why so many people like him.
  • (2/5)
    At around 100 pages, this one didn't take much time at all to read, but I found the story to be flat, uninspirational and very over-the-top. Rick, the narrator, lack depth and dimension, and caused me to feel no sympathy for him in the least. The book was too short to provide enough background to make me invested in him as a husband, father, or businessman. The rest of the characters were, again, too hastily written to seem real. The music playing in the attic, the dreams, and the pointed questions from the widow were odd speedbumps on what should have been a lovely journey through hills, dales, valleys and mountains. Instead, it was a jerky start-and-stop.

    Not recommended, especially since there are so many other wonderful and inspirational Christmas books out there.
  • (3/5)
    Sweet little story, a real tearjerker. No miracles - well, OK, music to lead him to mysteries - but most of the story is in their perceptions. MaryAnne's perceptions, and Richard's, as he comes to understand what she means. There is one oddity, where he "understands" the answer to her question twice - but it doesn't detract much. I'm glad I read it (finally), but I don't think I need to reread it.
  • (5/5)
    This is such a moving story about a mother's love and a young father who learns the true meaning of Christmas.
  • (4/5)
    The Christmas box by Richard Paul EvansThe ad is from an elderly woman who wants someone to move in, tend to a few things and live in the house.Sounds too good to be true...Terry and Harry and their young child have outgrown their apartment.Parken home is described in detail-sounds like a well kept house and roomy. Trial for a bit of time to make sure all are comfortable with one another.The old woman is a collector of bibles and they have quite the discussion about them. She likes the company and wants to go with them to recitals and other events.First gift is about giving. Love this story.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
  • (3/5)
    A short powerful book which demonstrates the importance of life and putting priorities in place—love the ones close to you as you never know when they will be taken away. The novel involves love, pain, and death and family commitment. We all as busy adults get busy and forgot our children and skip much needed time with them. This young couple and daughter rented an apartment from this lady in a huge house, which turns out is dying and has lessons to be taught to this sweet family. As usual Evans does not disappoint – a short nice Christmas story.
  • (4/5)
    "The sacred contents of that box are a parent's pure love for a child, manifested first by a Father's love for all His children, as He sacrificed that which He loved most and sent His son to earth on that Christmas day so long ago. And as long as the earth lives, and longer, that message will never die."That is what this book is about. Either the readers beliefs will be reaffirmed, rekindled or renounced. Perhaps a little sappy, a tad corny and maybe a bit righteous but, none the less, at times it simply gave me goosebumps and acts as a reminder that our lives with our families are ephimerel and to hold them oh so close.
  • (4/5)
    Richard Paul Evans undoubtedly has a knack for the sappy and the sentimental. That being sad, this is a lovely story. I think we really feel the contrast between youth and age and the way that love can eliminate that difference, as it does so many others, including (for the religious) that between sinners and God. This is a touching read--good for every season, not just Christmas!
  • (4/5)
    As a young couple with a four year old daughter and an entrepreneurial business, Evans and his wife move in with an older woman who needs companionship. As they begin to store their own furniture in the attic, they discover a Christmas box there. This box becomes important as it along with the woman begin to remind Evans of the true meaning and spirit of Christmas and of the importance of spending time with the family.
  • (3/5)
    A heart-warming story of friendship and memories.
  • (2/5)
    A family moves in with an elderly woman and she helps teach them the true meaning of Christmas. A sweet story that is predictable and a bit cheesy, but that's to be expected. It's perfect for a quick holiday read.
  • (5/5)
    Very Good Sequal to the Christmas Shoes.
  • (2/5)

    Charming story about a young family who move in with a wealthy widow and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

  • (4/5)
    The sentiment of the book is a good one, but the story is long on "tell" and a little short on "show". However, at Christmas time a bit of sentimentality and a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas can never go wrong.
  • (3/5)
    The Christmas Box is about a man who learns what is truly important from a older lady Mary. He learns that family, and loved shared is what life is about. I really didn't understand the whole concept of the Christmas box, but I understood what the author was trying to convey. The book was very short, 128 pages, but to be honest any longer I might have started to get bored. At times it was a little to Hallmark for me, but I did tear up at the end when Mary's story is revealed. Any book that immediately gives me the urge to hug my children, and give them kisses all over their faces gets a passing grade from me.
  • (4/5)
    A beautiful Christmas story that brings the real meaning of Christmas, so easily forgotten, back. When a new family, with a tight budget, moves in to keep an old lady company during the holidays, they get more than just a place to live. They become good friends with her and find out what Christmas is all about.