Riverhead Books 11 of 30 If I could only pick one holiday book to read, it would definitely be one from Richard Paul Evans. 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 maybe you'll see what I mean. This book would also make a lovely graduation gift, wedding gift, or a meaningful present for someone who holds a special place in your heart. 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. But overall, a wonderful, purely sci-fi read. Considering the premise behind the story the comparison was handled very poorly when it could have been done in such an inspiring, teaching way. Welcome back. I read it at night, because I like to read before sleeping, and this was one book that really made me not want to go to sleep because I just had to see what was coming next! 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 experience has followed him throughout his life and affected most of his relationships. Some of the elements of the story were just a little too strange for me, such as the massage therapy part. I found some of the concepts of the alien gifts a bit confusing at time, but I figured it out as the story progressed. The books characters find much needed peace, when they face their past with the courage to forgive others and, most importantly, themselves!!!! When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. Written for women. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. From the first chapter, I had some parts of the story figured out. The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life is a remarkable book where Dr. Eger, a Holocaust survivor, writes about her experiences as a survivor in Auschwitz and shares stories of her clients' pe A special thank you to Penguin Random House SA for the opportunity to review this book. I'm most of the way through this book, and on my drive in to work this morning I stopped the book and decided I couldn't even listen through til I got to work. I don't think so. My only thing that holds me back from gi. 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. All of the characters have the same personality, with the exception of their underlying motivations. 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