“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.
I always turn to Richard Paul Evans for an uplifting Christmas story. This one was no exception. I was surprised to find this is also a retelling of “The Prodigal Son” parable from the bible. I learned several meanings of the word prodigal that I did not know before. I appreciate how Evans shows how a good person can fall to become a prodigal. Then the son losses everything by being careless. The ashamed son is afraid to go back home and struggles to build a life with nothing. I am impressed by how the author points out the importance of learning gratitude. I also like how the prodigal son eventually learns he is happiest when he is serving others. I always look forward to another uplifting story from Richard Paul Evans.
Source: Personal Copy
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