11/27/2013 6:00:00 AM PV LIBRARY: A guide to joy, freedom, and a meaningful life
It all started two decades ago when Richard Paul Evans burst onto the bestseller list with The Christmas Box. And every Christmas season since then his loyal readers have waited anxiously for his next tale of humankind.
Rosita Smith Palo Verde District Library
BLYTHE - It all started two decades ago when Richard Paul Evans burst onto the bestseller list with The Christmas Box. And every Christmas season since then his loyal readers have waited anxiously for his next tale of humankind.
This season Evans deviates from his usual pattern and shares with his readers the experience that changed his focus going forward.
Evans was in Dayton, Ohio at a book signing venue when a teacher gave him some money her class raised for his abused children's charity. She asked if he the time to thank her class in person. They agreed on a time the next afternoon.
Imagine Evan's surprise when he arrived to find buses waiting outside. His visit turned into a district-wide assembly. "You have an hour to talk to the youth," said the teacher.
Frantically thinking how he would change had planned "thank you" speech, he decided to share with the students everything he wished he knew when he was their age. The speech was an overwhelming success - and the beginning of a journey that took Evans all around the world and which he shares with the reader in his latest book, The Four Doors.
The Four Doors is a guide to joy, freedom, and a meaningful life. Evans black-frames quotes from some of his earlier books and puts meaningful quotes from other sources in italics. He shares many bits of personal information with reader that have not been in print before.
Door #1 - Addresses why you were born - what is your mission on this earth?
Door #2 - Free yourself from limitations; forgive your adversaries; do not become a victim. Develop a sense of gratitude.
Door #3 - Magnify your life: Dream, work with passon.
Door #4 - Develop a Love-centered Map: project love; love in service.
The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and Meaningful Life is now available at Palo Verde Valley Library. Since it deals with actual happenings, it is deemed to be a non-fiction book so you will find it on the non-fiction, new book, section of the library under 152.42 EVANS. It is a small book, so hunt carefully or ask for help at the circulation desk.
There are more than 17 million copies of Evans' books worldwide. His books have been translated into 24 languages. A list of awards he has received for his works could fill a hefty book. The Palo Verde Valley Library has a shelf of Evans' books. Once you read one of them, you'll want to read all the others that are in the library's collection. Missing books can be requested from the Inter-Library Loan service. Ask at the circulation desk for assistance.
The Palo Verde Valley Library is at the northern end of Todd Park and the big pine tree on the corner. There is a parking lot at the rear of the library for your safety. The library opens daily, except Sunday at 10 a.m. The library closes at 6 p.m. weekdays at 4 p.m. on Saturday. All times are California time. 760-922-5371.