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The Gift

The Gift

A Novel

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A heartwarming and inspirational Christmas novel in the tradition of The Christmas Box and Finding Noel from New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. Sure to be a classic, this new tale brings to life the joy of the season and demonstrates the redemptive power of love: there is no hurt so great that love cannot heal it.

Nathan Hurst hated Christmas. For the rest of the world it was a day of joy and celebration; for Nathan it was simply a reminder of the event that destroyed his childhood until a snowstorm, a cancelled flight, and an unexpected meeting with a young mother and her very special son would show him that Christmas is indeed the season of miracles.

From the beloved author of the international bestseller The Christmas Box comes another timeless story of faith, hope, and healing.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416550013 | 
  • October 2007
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A cancelled flight, and an unexpected meeting with a young mother and her son would show Nathan that Christmas is indeed the season of miracles.

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The Gift
Richard Paul Evans

Questions and Topics For Discussion
  1. At the beginning of the book, there’s an author’s note, letting the reader know that he, like the protagonist has Tourette’s. Why do you think the author does this and what, if any, effect does it have on your reading of the story? As Nathan is cured of Tourette’s early in the novel, why do you think Nathan himself finds it so important to tell us at the beginning that he suffers from Tourette’s?
  2. Nathan is haunted by his childhood. In what ways does his past affect his present life? For example, what effect does it have on his choice of profession or on his relationships with women and why? Are there any other characters in the novel haunted by their past and, if so, who and how?
  3. Nathan writes about how he’s always been able to attract relationships but that they never seem to last. To what do you attribute this? He also says that Addison has a “maternal quality” and that in the past he has tended to attract the opposite type. In your opinion, why is it that this time Nathan has attracted a “maternal” woman like Addison?
  4. Nathan writes about his very dysfunctional family, while Addison portrays her family relationships as filled with love. What do you think brings these two characters together? What do they have to
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