He ends up working for one of his father companies. When the time comes for the mantel to switch to his shoulders, Luke informs his father that he wants to see the world - live life to the fullest. Luke finds out that living life to the fullest is necessarily the way to true happiness. No matter how far we have fallen, God is ready an willing save. He comes back to Vegas and finds out he is out of money. When Luke goes on vacation with his new friends and new girlfriend, he enjoyed it for the most part, but in the end he ran out of money. Sometimes it's nice not to have any major jolts or turns in the road but instead be able to see the path clearly and enjoy the story for what it plainly is.
Luke didn't actually spend all the money himself, which helped in the sympathy department; he trusted the wrong people who took advantage of him. The book became a local bestseller, prompting Evans to publish the book in this region. Of course, I haven't read Michael Vey, which seems to be a departure from his norm, but Lost December fits in the first category. But somewhere, somehow it isn't. This is a beautiful told version of the Prodigal Son. How do we want to be remembered? The son in the story, Luke has a father who is extremely wealthy. I have to start off by saying that Richard Paul Evans is not my favorite author.
At the beginning of the period, people are assumed to have been living in small groups, loosely bound by collective burial rituals. Some of it was quite well written, and raises some interesting questions about why people do what they do, but I thought everything ended up a little too neatly - wrapped and tied with a very nice ribbon. The writing is very simplistic and vague. This romantic situation seems so realistic which made me love this book. Gradually, the formerly prosperous young man rebuilds his life and relearns the principles that were once so important to him. But that for the most part is just the physical. How often has a beloved offspring strayed from the flock like a sheep losing its way? The only element that is really missing is that of the prodigal's older brother.
If there had been an older brother, he might have encroached on the story too much, adding another dimension that really wasn't supposed to be there. This book was a wonderful holiday read without being too preachy or saccharin. Maybe a little too much on the side of ambition. Nevertheless, Evans does an excellent job of showing how gradually one's values and priorities, and even personality can change in the right or wrong environment. When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box, he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Despite this predictability though, the story was not boring or tedious.
For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. He finds out that his friends were jerks and his girlfriend just stayed with him because he had the money. Digging deep into Finn's past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. On a side note: I learned interesting things about being homeless. This book is no exception.
I heard about this author and really enjoyed this story that ends around Christmas. It was basically the modern day story of the prodigal son. But Luke has other plans. It's faith based loosely on the story of the prodigal son bible story. Having said that, I will try not to take my frustations out on a book or the, I am sure, really nice Richard Paul Evans. Sometimes you have to hit your lowest point to find your way back.
His father is so grateful and never says I told you son. I kept wondering what Luke's father was doing during the time Luke was throwing his life down the toilet. He gets married and everyone lives happily ever after. Even though the reader basically knows how this story ends up, Evans has crafted a story that keeps the interest level right up there with the best of stories. But after he lived the life of a poor person and overcame his difficulties, I like Luke. The money seems endless, even when his friends begin to hit him up for loans of thousands of dollars.
I have a list of people I would love to purchase and send this book to, the story is that amazing. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Penniless and homeless on the streets of Las Vegas a good Samaritan helps him out and gives him a job and place to live. The modern day story of a prodigal son who blows his inheritance, and whose father welcomes him back in the end makes for a good Christmas story. I often find myself emotionally involved with the characters. In life we all take different paths, some more difficult than others, but in the end, all that matters is whether or not they lead us home.