It's almost Christmas when Richard and Keri, and their 4 year old daughter, move into the home of Mary. Mary is a widow who has hired them to be her caretakers. She is a kind elderly woman, but she soon begins pressuring Richard to reevaluate his priorities in life. Unfortunately he never has time to listen. This is reminiscent of The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere, which I read earlier this season, and in which another man was being reminded to focus on his family. But The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans is much more. Richard finds a very special box that contains a secret about Mary's past - and the secret to the first gift of Christmas.
This is a very short book - I believe I read it in about 2 hours. But it's a wonderful story to read during the Christmas season. It's a simple story, but very heartwarming. The book was originally written by the author as a private expression of his love for his daughters. I will say that those who do not have children may not find it as meaningful as I did. The ideal audience, in my mind, would definitely be Christian parents of all ages.
My Rating: 4/5
This review was written based on a copy of The Christmas Box that I borrowed from the library.