Speaking Introduction

Richard Paul EvansWhen Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.  The story was written as an expression of love for his then two young daughters.

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 eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. Four of Evans’s books were produced into television movies and have starred such well-known actors as Maureen O’Hara, Richard Thomas, Rob Lowe, Christopher Lloyd, James Earl Jones, Naomi Watts and Academy award winners Vanessa Redgrave and Ellen Burstyn. He has since written more than 30 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 20 million copies of his books in print.

Evans has won the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, is a four-time recipient of the Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award and numerous awards for his young adult novel “Michael Vey”.

During the fall of 1998, Evans founded The Christmas Box International, an organization devoted to maintaining emergency children’s shelters and providing services and resources for abused, neglected or homeless children, teens and young adults. To date, more than 70,000 children have been served by the Christmas Box House facilities and programs.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show, Glenn Beck, CNN and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children, Sam, his grandson, and Nora his granddaughter.

I’m pleased to present, Richard Paul Evans.

Speaking Introduction–
Youth/Michael Vey Events

When Richard was a 29-years-old advertising copywriter he wrote a Christmas book for his two young daughters. That book, The Christmas Box, became an international bestseller with more than 8 million copies in print and the #1 television movie of the year.  After its success, Evans became a full-time writer. Since then Richard has sold more than seventeen million books, written 26 novels and four of his books have been made into television movies. In 2011 he began writing his first Young Adult series called Michael Vey¬ about a teenager with electric powers, which went on to be a #1 New York Times bestseller.  When he isn’t writing, Richard loves to spend time at his ranch in southern Utah where he paintballs, drives four-wheelers, and makes the world’s best crepes.

I am pleased to present Richard Paul Evans.