The Four Doors

A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life

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From Richard Paul Evans, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Christmas Box, “the most popular holiday tale since Tiny Tim” (Newsweek), a new holiday novel that sets a classic Christmas story in our time.

More than a decade ago, Richard Paul Evans gave a talk to an auditorium full of students in Dayton, Ohio, about what he wished he had known at their age. The response that day was electric: the students took notes, cried, and, after a standing ovation, rushed up to the author to share with him their feelings and personal epiphanies. Since that initial presentation, he has given that talk hundreds of times and all around the world, in places as diverse as the Harvard Club and Sundance, the Utah State Penitentiary and Opryland—and to all kinds of groups, from recovering drug addicts to recently graduated Ivy League MBAs.

Now, for the first time, the wisdom and insight that Richard Paul Evans has imparted to thousands is available in The Four Doors. This simple yet powerful approach to happiness is based on four essential components of joy and fulfillment: believing in your destiny, escaping internal captivity, leading a magnified life, and choosing a love-centered life. The Four Doors will set readers on the beginning of a journey to their own unique version of a meaningful life, providing life-changing inspiration to be shared with family and friends for generations.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476728186 | 
  • October 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Four Doors includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Bestselling novelist Richard Paul Evans’s characters search for meaning and understanding in their lives, encounter challenges and overcome adversity—and so has the author himself. What began as a spur-of-the-moment talk Evans once gave has evolved into a powerful message outlining the Four Doors to a more free and fulfilling life. In this powerful book, he guides readers across the threshold, offering concrete guidance and abundant inspiration along the way.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Richard Paul Evans outlines three foundational truths on which the Four Doors rest: self-will, spiritual evolution, and the possibility of change. Why are these truths integral to successfully implementing the Four Doors? Were you practicing them prior to reading this book? If not, have you since started to do so, and what have been the results?

2. How would you describe your “mental map” prior to reading The Four Doors? Evans acknowledges that it’s difficult to change our mental maps but that it̵ see more

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