Podcast: 43 Fate Favors the Bold with Richard Paul Evans

Podcast: 43 Fate Favors the Bold with Richard Paul Evans

This is a story worth hearing.


You’ve likely heard of Richard’s bestselling book, The Christmas Box. But the story behind how it came to be, how Richard became the incredibly successful author that he is, and how he has followed his purpose is incredible.

When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 global best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. Three years later, this quiet, simple story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation.

Since then, more than 8 million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. Seven of Evans’s books were produced into television movies and have starred such well-known actors as Maureen O’Hara, Rob Lowe, Christopher Lloyd, James Earl Jones, Naomi Watts and Academy award winners Vanessa Redgrave and Ellen Burstyn. He has since written more than 35 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists.  There are currently more than 30 million copies of his books in print.

During the fall of 1998, Evans founded The Christmas Box International, an organization devoted to maintaining emergency shelters and providing services and resources for abused, neglected or homeless children, teens and young adults. To date, more than 85,000 children have been served by the Christmas Box House facilities and programs.


In this conversation we talk about what is possible when we choose to be the best at what we do, when we take the chance, and when we let ourselves be bold.


“If you want to be a bestselling author, there’s an empty seat, go take it.”

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show notes

  • How Richard went from being a poor reader to a bestselling author (3:17)
  • What it takes to revolutionize an established industry (20:15)
  • The power of leaning into your choices (28:40)
  • What Richard’s new Christmas book is about and how he wrote it (31:35)
  • Richard reads the prologue to his new book (35:12)
  • Why it’s so important to have fun and enjoy your passion (38:15)


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