The progression of the story-line, for some reason, reminded me of Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" which is kind of an obtuse comparison, but ma. “Sometimes the greatest difference between being a boy and being a man is restraint.”, “A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. This was a typical Richard Paul Evans book. Love how this plot really makes you think and take a good look at yourself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. (there isn't is there?). For once, we actually make it to an alien planet and an author takes on the creativity to describe the planet and the aliens. Contained in the ship are gifts which are intelligences that pair with humans to assist them in this task. When is the next book coming out? A very compelling adventure, and I wold read another book in this series at any given time should it be written. I found this book to have a very unique premise and to have a good use of numerical concepts that was integral to the story. He has won several awards for his books including the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award. Refresh and try again. “Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”, “I've come to know that what we want in life is the greatest indication of who we really are.”, Contemporary Romance Rewrites 'Pride and Prejudice' with an Astrological Twist. To see what your friends thought of this book. Could they get any worse than the ex-husband or the sick millionaire? I thought the premise behind the book was interesting--a young boy has special powers to heal anyone who is sick. But I was frankly turned off by the casual comparison of the boy to Jesus Christ, Ghandi and Socrates. Or if you knew someone who did? This book left me wondering what my loved ones would say about the imprint I might leave on their lives when I am called home. Browse thousands of bestsellers, new releases, and classic novels from a wide range of genres, including literary fiction, mystery, thrillers, historical fiction, and romance to find your next read. I don't know where to begin on a review for this book. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. Considering the premise behind the story the comparison was handled very poorly when it could have been done in such an inspiring, teaching way. We’d love your help. I got the Kindle version, and I'm seriously considering the paper version, too. Ok, fine, but a little odd. This first novel by Dave Donovan is great! They just take place around Christmas, and/or they are good books to read during the Christmas Season. For the low price of free on Amazon, this book is definitely worth your time. The only other time he gets a little OCD was somewhere toward the end where he was talking about factors, cubes and squares and it was getting on the tiniest verge of being tedious. The good guys were unbelievably very good, the bad guys were unbelievably very bad. Those names don't seem to fit into the same category to me. I loved it, and thought it sweet. The good guys weren't overly good, but more realistic than you find typically in this genre. I have a complicated relationship with Richard Paul Evans. The problem with this book is that it was very predictable and unbelievable. It's not a typical Christmas story, but rather a more realistic take on life during the holiday season. Start by marking “The Gift” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Honestly, in my opinion don't listen to these other negative "reviewers". Will my. Written for women. However, the government will stop at nothing to get its hands on all of the technology and power it can. A must read for the Holidays! Find an extensive collection of fiction books at Barnes & Noble including must-read fiction books for 2020. I read this book in one sitting. There were a few good points made, and it did make me cry...the love and selflessness of children will always do that...and if they, [Nate offers his hotel suite to a single mother and two young children, and she accepts, [gives Nate a massage for his birthday, for which he is completely naked, [have a business in her home where strangers are allowed inside. His books have been translated into more than 22 languages and several have been international best sellers. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published After meeting Addison and her children Nathan comes to view life in a more positive prospective. But despite Steele’s expertise, Colonel Eric Web, his superior and longtime t. When high-level governmental programmer Sam Steele is called into his office on his day off, he quickly finds himself at the center of a battle for humanity itself. Welcome back. Indie Science Fiction – February 2013 New Releases, This review was originally posted on MichaelSciFan, Meet the Epic and Awesome Authors of Fall's Big Fantasy Novels. The good guys weren't overly good, but more realistic than you find typically in this genre. I got the Kindle version, and I'm seriously considering the paper version, too. Have recently discovered Richard Paul Evans. Collin has a gift for healing which he dispenses at great cost to himself. But I was frankly turned off by the casual comparison of the boy to Jesus Christ, Ghandi and Socrates. I was moved by the story, the power of physical and emotional healing and a reminder of the impact we can leave on those we come in contact with throughout our lives. December 3rd 2013 Alien entities in the form of "gifts" (small orbs) arrive on earth and give the humans, after merging, special abilities. For the low price of free on Amazon, this book is definitely worth your time. The only other time he gets a little OCD was somewhere toward the end where he was talking about factors, cubes and squares and it was getting on the tiniest verge of being tedious. This race send the ship in the hopes it would help the human race survive an attack by an approaching enemy. The Gift is really heartwarming! I'm so happy I did! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You have to be a bit of a propeller-head to get through about the first 20% of this book, but after The Gift goes to the main character I couldn't put the book down. This one was a part of “Read and Listen Free” with the Kindle Unlimited subscription. The Gift: A Novel Once again Richard Paul Evans has delivered a novel that engages the reader right from the start! The bad guys were really bad in this story, but in other sci fi books they might have been the heroes. The chapters are so short it is a very quick read for 335 pgs. This experience has followed him throughout his life and affected most of his relationships. Most audiobooks I've listened to the narrators at least have the characters talking like normal people having normal conversation at times. It seems there is just so much more to th. The Gift has some decent ideas behind it, but the book suffers from a lot of amateurish errors in both content and expression. I guess I should be grateful that I wasn't broadsided by the ending? Did not appeal to me. I choked it down in spite of this and was even disappointed in the ending, which appears to set up another book in the series. It should've been a slam dunk. I love the story, characters, and even though I generally guess the ending before the end of the book, I really enjoyed this book. Collin has a gift for healing which he dispenses at great cost to himself. This story had me hooked from the first page. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. must read must read must read. I found some of the concepts of the alien gifts a bit confusing at time, but I figured it out as the story progressed. An alien entity is heading straight for Earth, and an elite team of specialists has been assembled to attempt to make first contact. The characters seem bland, their interests in each other seem strange, and why new characters are joining in for the adventure just doesn't seem to have much merit (aside from health issues). I feel that the negative reviews were senselessly pedantic and picky. The Gift was just that, a gift to read. Honestly, in my opinion don't listen to these other negative "reviewers". That is important, specially in junior high. I was not impressed with this scifi novel and uninteresting to me, needs to be updated with quantum computing entanglement or such! And the narration is just strange and over the top, like nearly all the characters seem too enthusiastic all of the time, in strange ways. I will not read this author again. Perhaps the book's greatest flaw was the character development. My only thing that holds me back from giving this book 5 stars is the fact that the character Web was the almost stereotypically senseless patriot. All of the characters have the same personality, with the exception of their underlying motivations. From the first chapter, I had some parts of the story figured out.