Lost December

A Novel

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From one of America’s most beloved storytellers comes his most spiritual book since The Christmas Box.

“It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place. This is the story of my second chance.” —Prologue of Lost December

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

Lost December is Richard Paul Evans’s modernday holiday version of the biblical story of the prodigal son, a powerful tale of redemption, hope, and the true meaning of love.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451628005 | 
  • November 2011
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Life Lessons for Fathers and Sons

Richard Paul Evans writes a modern-day retelling of the Biblical story of the prodigal son in LOST DECEMBER.

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Lost December 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.


When Luke Crisp graduates from Wharton with his MBA, his father, CEO and founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is excited to finally turn the company over to his son. But Luke decides he’d rather travel and live a life of luxury with his friends, and begins lavishly spending his way through Europe. However, when his trust fund runs out sooner than expected, his friends disappear along with it, and Luke is left alone and broke. Too ashamed to go back to his father, Luke works menial jobs, including one at one of his father’s copy centers. There he starts to fall for a guarded single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Are you familiar with the parable of the prodigal son? If so, how did it influence your reading of the book? If not, are you now inclined to read the story in the New Testament that inspired Lost December?

2. Do you believe there are two sides to every story, as Luke’s English teacher says in Chapter One? Or are some si see more

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