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The Ultimate Gift (The Ultimate Series #1) [Paperback]

February 16th, 2013

The Ultimate Gift (The Ultimate Series #1) [Paperback]

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Book Description
Publication Date: September 1, 2007
What would you do to inherit a million dollars? Would you be willing to change your life? Jason Stevens is about to find out in Jim Stovall’s The Ultimate Gift.

Red Stevens has died, and the older members of his family receive their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason, whom Stevens, his great-uncle, believes may be the last vestige of hope in the family.

“Although to date your life seems to be a sorry excuse for anything I would call promising, there does seem to be a spark of something in you that I hope we can fan into a flame. For that reason, I am not making you an instant millionaire.”

What Stevens does give Jason leads to The Ultimate Gift. Young and old will take this timeless tale to heart.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, Inspirational. Well worth the read. November 20, 2001
By Roger E. Herman
Format:PaperbackI 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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