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Book: The Ultimate Gift


I really recommend this book:

The Ultimate Gift

Jim Stovall 

Here's an amazon reader review, and not the last paragraph:

I started this book by looking at the Table of Contents. In the Beginning. A Voice from the Past. The Gift of Work. The Gift of Money. The Gift of Friends.

What is this? Is this the kind of book I want to read?

I flipped to the back cover of the book for insight to the contents. "Ladies and gentlemen, we are here to read the last will and testament of Howard 'Red' Stevens.." "Red Steves was a self-made man who gave his family everything-and ruined them in the process. Now, as his estate of oil companies and cattle ranches is divided among the greedy and self-serving relatives, one member is singled out for something special: Red's great-nephew, Jason. In a darkened room, isolated from the rest of his family, Jason is confronted by the image of deceased great uncle on a video monitor . . ."

I began Chapter One out of curiosity. It was a story, not a touchy-feely book, like I feared. The narrative comes from an eighty-year old attorney who is reading the will of a very successful long-term client who had become a close, dear friend. As part of the inheritance, the old man's grand-nephew, a spoiled brat sort of young man, is given a special bequest. Each month he is to return to the attorney's office for a learning assignment. If he stays with the program successfully, meeting the approval of the attorney, he gains the Ultimate Gift. If he quits or doesn't meet the grade at any time, he loses his opportunity for the Ultimate Gift.

As the book progresses through the chapters, the young man, Jason, transforms from an insolent know-it-all to a much different person. The series of learnings, prescribed each month by the old man by videotape, gives a new meaning to Jason's life. Each of the gifts, a learning, is described in Jason's words as he gains new realizations.

I found myself surprisingly captivated by this book. I couldn't put it down. No, it's not a mystery or thriller, but it certainly held my attention. I can think of a number of people I know who would surely benefit from this book. One will receive my copy shortly as a very meaningful gift.

A word about the author. Jim Stovall has overcome blindness to become a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker, and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and president of the Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible to our nation's 13 million blind and visually impaired and their families. With revealing more about this man's incredible background (see page 124), I "got" that this is a man to be listened to. You'll gain the same feeling as you read The Ultimate Gift.



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Amber88Comment by Amber88 - March 11, 2007, 3:20 am
Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out! Thanks.
justxploringComment by justxploring - March 11, 2007, 3:35 pm
Maybe I'll check it out, Coin Toss. It is also on DVD, although we always hear...."the movie is never as good as the book." The movie was reviewed as being targeted toward the Evangelical Christian movement, since it is marketed by Fox Faith. However, there's certainly nothing wrong with a good, wholesome movie that doesn't have violence, sex and rough language in it. People used to go to movies and use their brains instead of relying on special effects and a lot of noise.
Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - March 11, 2007, 6:46 pm
From the book:

(His grandfather videotaped himself and left instructions for 24 year old Jason Stevens to meet with an attoney 12 times over the next year to watch these tapes):

"Today we are going to talk about what may, indeed, be the most misunderstood commodity in the world. That is, money. There is absolutely nothing that can replace money in the things that money does, but regarding the rest of the things in the world, money is absolutely useles.
For example, all the money in the world won't buy you one more day of life. That's why you're watching this videotape right now. And it's important to realize money won't make you happy."

I think the part about money not making you happy should is something everyone needs to know. Maybe it's the belief that it will make you happy that destroys some lottery winners who blow it all.

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