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Updated And Renamed Now As If OnlyA Heartwarming And Inspirational Christmas Novel In The Tradition Of The Christmas Box, The Gift, And The Christmas List The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Christmas Box And The Walkseries Returns With A Holiday Novel Of Hope, Love, And RedemptionShe Was My First Kiss My First Love She Was A Little Match Girl Who Could See The Future In The Flame Of A Candle She Was A Runaway Who Taught Me About Life Than Anyone Has Before Or Since And When She Was Gone My Innocence Left With Her As I Begin To Write, A Part Of Me Feels As If I Am Awakening Something Best Left Dead And Buried, Or At Least Buried We Can Bury The Past, But It Never Really Dies The Experience Of That Winter Has Grown On My Soul Like Ivy Climbing The Outside Of A Home, Growing Until It Begins To Tear And Tug At The Brick And Mortar I Pray I Can Still Get The Story Right My Memory, Like My Eyesight, Has Waned With Age Still, There Are Things That Become Clearer To Me As I Grow Older This Much I Know Too Many Things Were Kept Secret In Those Days Things That Never Should Have Been Hidden And Things That Should Have

10 thoughts on “Grace

  1. says:

    Grace is an amazing inspirational story about 16 year old Madeline Grace Webb, a runaway with big problems and her relationship with 14 year old Eric.In 1962, people minded their own business What happened behind closed doors was considered priveledged Children were their parent s possessions and no one could say anything about the treatment of those children For Grace, life was complicated than most 16 year old girls have to deal with Eric finds her digging in a dumpster behind his workplace, and takes her home with him Eric and Grace bond in a world too big for their years, and this touching story reflects how one girl and her story could change lives forever I can t tell you how much this book moved me, inspired me, angered me, and enlightened me When a book can cause you to feel those emotions, it s truly worth reading Mr Evans is eloquent, and even though this is a fairly fast read, it s emotional, and touches you I found myself crying and feeling real pain reading this story I believe that Mr Evans is a child advocate, someone who spreads the word of God, allowing people to believe in faith, hope, and love.

  2. says:

    Not a feel good Christmas tale AT ALL It is actually one of the depressing books I ve read this year Usually by the end of Richard Paul Evans books, I feel a peace wash over me, I felt very sad after reading this With that said, it is very good, well written and engaging, like the rest of his books.

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    Aufmerksam geworden bin ich auf das Buch durch Tanja auf ihrem Blog Der Duft von B chern und Kaffee Weder das Cover noch der Klappentext h tten mich angesprochen, aber ich probiere immer gerne auch mal etwas anderes aus Nach dem kurzen Vorwort war ich allerdings fast schon am berlegen, ob ich es wirklich lesen m chte Das Thema ist hier Kindesmissbrauch und obwohl ich nicht daf r bin, davor die Augen zu verschlie en, gehe ich diesen Themen in B chern aus dem Weg, da sie mir einfach zu nahe gehen Trotzdem wollte ich der Geschichte eine Chance geben und der Autor hat es tats chlich geschafft, eine Atmosph re zu schaffen, die eine gewisse Art von Leichtigkeit und Unschuld beh lt und trotzdem ber hrende Momente zu schaffen, die sehr tief gehen eine schwierige Gratwanderung, die gerade gegen Ende des Buches immer dramatischere Z ge annimmt.Es beginnt mit einem M rchen, einem, wie ich finde, zutiefst traurigen M rchen ber das M dchen mit den Schwefelh lzern, das der Gro vater Eric seinen Enkeln zu Weihnachten vorliest Dabei erinnert er sich an einen Winter im Jahr 1962, als er selbst gerade 14 Jahre alt war und mit seinen Eltern und seinem j ngeren Bruder nach Salt Lake City umgezogen ist Sein Vater war zu dieser Zeit sehr krank und das Geld knapp es war nicht einfach f r ihn, aber er hat versucht, das beste draus zu machen.Wie Eric auf Grace trifft und wie die beiden f reinander da sind wird kurzweilig aber sehr einf hlsam beschrieben Eric hat lange keine Ahnung, warum Grace von zu Hause ausgerissen ist er ist ein guter Junge, naiv und zum ersten Mal verliebt Er tut alles f r sie, auch wenn er mit der Situation total berfordert ist und sich zu Entscheidungen hinrei en l sst, vor denen er eigentlich Angst hat Die Beschreibung der damaligen Zeit ist dem Autor gut gelungen, ich konnte mich in die Situation der beiden sehr gut hineinversetzen, auch wenn alles aus Erics Perspektive erz hlt wurde Anfangs liest es sich noch einfach , aber man erkennt recht schnell, welches Leid hinter all dem steckt und wei trotz der fiktiven Idee, dass es vielen anderen Kindern und Jugendlichen gerade in diesem Moment genauso ergeht Kleine Anspielungen und vor allem die kurzen Ausz ge aus Grace s Tagebuch, die an den Kapitelanf ngen stehen, ber hren sehr und zeigen wie hilflos und verzweifelt sie tats chlich ist Es gab ein, zwei Ereignisse, die der Autor angeschnitten hat, die ich etwas unpassend fand, wo es um Krieg und Atombomben geht, warum er die Handlung gerade in der Zeit der Kuba Krise gelegt hat konnte ich nicht so recht nachvollziehen und hat mich etwas irritiert Aber das war nur ein kurzer Moment, dem ich nicht wirklich Beachtung geschenkt habe Auf was er genau damit anspielen wollte hab ich vielleicht auch einfach nicht verstanden.Verstanden hab ich aber sehr deutlich, wie sehr ihm am Herzen liegt, dass diese Probleme und das Leid dieser Kinder gesehen und verstanden wird und wie wichtig es sein kann, dass jemand, auch ein einzelner Mensch, so viel gutes tun und helfen kann Eine tiefgehende und ergreifende Geschichte, die mir sehr zu Herzen gegangen ist AleshaneeWeltenwanderer

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    This is one of those books that just pains you to have to put it down It was a very emotional, intense and sad tale The characters are charming Important issues are addressed in a delicate manner I felt the ending was a bit rushed but it definitely pulled at the heartstrings of course, making me shed a tear or two This is my first Richard Paul Evans book, but now I am intrigued by his much talked about The Christmas Box I was happy to hear how RPE is using his income to help out abused children through various charities You can sign up for his mailing list at RichardPaulEvans.com before December 31,2009 and 1 is donated by Operation Kids to The Christmas Box International to help abused and neglected children.Grace is a must read Have your tissues ready

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comIf one were to look up the definition of grace, this is what one would find a virtue coming from God or disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency among others But either of these definitions could apply to the beautiful story written by Mr Evans GRACE is another amazing story written by the author of THE CHRISTMAS BOX For those who have never read anything by Mr Evans, GRACE will not disappoint, and will most likely lead you to read the rest of his works For those that are already fans such as myself , this is another wonderful novel Many of Mr Evans stories celebrate the Christmas season Though not completely revolving around the holiday, GRACE reaches into the heart and touches all that is special with the Christmas spirit Eric s life is far from wonderful After his father hurt his back, the family packed up everything they owned and moved from California to Utah Money has dried up in the summer of 1962 and, to survive, his family moves into the house left vacant by the death of his maternal grandmother The house is falling apart, but they are together and have family nearby to help them To help with finances, Eric works at McBurger Queen after school It s there, while cleaning up after closing, that he discovers a girl dumpster diving sorting through the Dumpster for food He recognizes the girl from one of his classes, but doesn t want to embarrass her Instead, he invites her inside and offers her the food that would otherwise be discarded While she is eating, he learns her name is Grace She admits she is running away Eric can t fathom what a girl his age will do to survive Without thinking of the consequences, he offers up the only place he can think of, the clubhouse in the far corner of his backyard that he built with his younger brother, Joel He sets Grace up in the clubhouse with a heating pad for warmth, a flashlight, a transistor radio, and a supply of sleeping bags As time goes by, the two become friends He sneaks her food when he can She sneaks out when it seems safe, and passes her time in the clubhouse with a collection of books from the library But her family starts a frantic search for Grace Announcements are made at school Flyers are put up around town And eventually it makes the evening news Eric is terrified he will be found out and that they will find Grace He vows to keep her secret His resolve grows so when she reveals the reason for running away Eric is only fourteen, and the pressure from all sides start to mount He knows Grace can never be turned over to her family, but what can a teenager do to help her in the end Eric berates himself as a grown man that he couldn t help Grace He continues to search for the grace he doesn t feel he deserves Reminiscent of the ending of Saving Private Ryan, the main character searches for the goodness that he hopes he has lived up to in the eyes of those that have gone before him Mr Evans has a way of bringing forth buried feelings GRACE touches you deep in the spirit and makes you want to be a better person With the upcoming Christmas season, may we all show a bit of grace to those around us.

  6. says:

    I have always seemed to enjoy Richard Evans holiday books, and this years book, Grace, was no exception It was just a wonderful story, beautifully narrated, a story that deals with family dysfunction, and mature subject matter.The narrator recalls his first love in 1962 at the age of fourteen My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age and I pray I can get the story right Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older This much I know too many things were kept secret in those days Things that never should have been hidden And things that should have.Who was she She was my first love My first kiss She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle She was a runaway who taught me about life than anyone has before or since And when she was gone my innocence left with her.This is one book that you will want to start and finish in one sitting Also, if certain books tend to bring a tear to your eyes, I recommend you have the tissues handy.

  7. says:

    This is the story of a 15 yr old runaway girl who is befrieneded and cared for by a 14 yr old boy and how their lives are changed forever because of their relationship This is really a great book to read at this time of year too Very profound and thought provoking message about child abuse as well I highly recommend this book

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    Grace is a bittersweet coming of age story of a teenage boy in the 60 s amidst the Cuba missile crisis This was definitely a 5 star book, and I loved it but when I chose it for my Christmas pick for our book club I was expecting something different I don t feel it was a Christmas themed book, and was led astrayed by the description heartwarming While Christmas does appear in it, it is a book I would have read at any other time of the year The book brought back childhood memories both good and bad visions of running away, but also of a simpler time with no internet, playing outside for hours on end The book talks about the darker side of childhood where child abuse had no name The characters were all real to me, the ending and epilogue were great.

  9. says:

    This was the first time i have read anything by Evans, and i was impressed with the strong voice he carried throughout the book I loved that it was written in first person, thats always been a personal favorite of mine, but this book was sad, very sad If you are looking for an emotional driven, dramatic plot line, then you might like this book, but if you are looking for a warm, cozy christmas book that makes you all cheerful inside, please keep looking Would i read by this author Absolutely, but hopefully they aren t all this sad.

  10. says:

    My heart is still torn in two after completing this It began as an innocent enough story told by an older man looking back at an event that took place when he was fifteen and found his first love After rescuing Grace and hiding her in his club house the book became sweet and innocent with an undercurrent of something evil lurking close to the surface, and while I wasn t surprised by the revelation the ending left me gasping and near actual tears It is a wonderfully written book and I can t recommend it enough Although I warn you not to actually throw the book after coming to the end No, really, don t throw the book despite the very real and strong urge to do so.