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The Ultimate Gift: A Novel. [Jim Stovall] on aracer.mobi *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What would you be willing to do in order to inherit one billion. The Ultimate Gift (Ultimate Gift, book 1) by Jim Stovall - book cover, description, publication history. 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.
He shunned him but welcomed his money. So he figured when Red died, his part of the inheritance would be a simple cash transaction that would fund his extravagant lifestyle. Instead, for Jason to receive his inheritance, he's given an ultimatum If he fails at any one of them, he loses everything.
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David C. Cook Availability: The Ultimate Gift Novelization of the movie Author s: Thomas Nelson Availability: The Ultimate Gift Author s: Leisure is only enjoyable when you earn it. You never know when a new friendship is about to begin. Dream until your last day. Give more than you take.
It makes each gift and experience worth living. So I will leave the rest of the inspiration to him. Jim is able to provide us all with a reminder and road map to creating genuine happiness and meaning.
It covers just about every core topic of ReadingForYourSuccess and it applies to every possible reader. Many books touch on a few of the gifts but few hit what I consider to be them all. Most of us know the power of a smile, a true friend or perhaps a loving family, but imagine if you could live all that Jim teaches each day of your life. I challenge you to incorporate these gifts in your ever-refining definition of success.
You will find that the small speed bumps you come across, be it a job missed, not having quite enough money or an opportunity passed by, will be just that—small and manageable.
They will not build up and pull your life down but instead will be diluted by a life whose core is based on the principles of love, giving and gratitude. A core so powerful that nothing will ever really be able to stand in its way. Every one of these gifts is in our control and it is up to us to choose to make them our focus.
Doing so makes the unconrollables much less significant. We often let these uncontrollables control our lives which leaves us with nothing to show for but added stress and disappointment. That refocus may be needed every day or maybe just every year. In s I picked this up earlier today and was so excited to start reading it.
In short, he has been handed everything from money, to an education so his Uncle decides to show him there are more important things in life with each month corresponding to a "gift" be it love, laughter, friendship, etc.
If Jason completes all the tasks each month while being guided by his Uncle's best friend and lawyer, he inherits what is called "The Ultimate Gift". I was very pleased to read this wonderful book. It gave me quite a bit to think about in my own life, and what my life has given me in the way of blessings and gifts.
This is a book I will keep on my shelf for years to come and read again and again. Jun 05, Rod rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite books of all time. They have now made a movie about it, but the book is better.
I did like the movie a lot, but it was far different than the book. The great thing about the book is the lessons Jim teaches through an intriguing storyline. The character development of Jason Stevens is really a wonderful element to the story and provides us all with the belief that anyone can change their lives by incorporating the gifts and how amazing it would be to challenge ourselves This is one of my favorite books of all time.
The character development of Jason Stevens is really a wonderful element to the story and provides us all with the belief that anyone can change their lives by incorporating the gifts and how amazing it would be to challenge ourselves to try living the ultimate gift ourselves and seeing how it would change our own lives. I had the opportunity to meet Jim Stovall through some close friends of ours and you would never know he was blind from reading his books, but how incredible it is that he has overcome this setback in his life and thrived and found an incredible amount of success.
He was a wonderful speaker and I look forward to the Ultimate Life. He really has a knack for weaving an interesting story line and yet teaching us what is important in our lives at the same time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to change their life or has not thought about it. It will make you think. Apr 12, Virginia Myers rated it liked it.
I read this book because several of my friends really loved it nad encouraged me to read it. It only took me a very short time - started it last night and finished it today. I pretty well knew what it was about so it was not a surprise. Actually, as I explained to my friends as they told me about it, I had seen the TV show. It is written as if an elderly lawyer is describing how a young man is taught the lessons of life in an effort to complete what it necessary for him to inherit a large inheri I read this book because several of my friends really loved it nad encouraged me to read it.
It is written as if an elderly lawyer is describing how a young man is taught the lessons of life in an effort to complete what it necessary for him to inherit a large inheritance from a deceased rich uncle. The young man's life is changed as he goes through this procerss. The lessons are certainly lessons that the young man needed to learn but I felt the story was too "simple" to be real. A lot of other reviews call the book "contrived". I am not sure I would call it that but it is indeed unrealistic in my opinion.
I do not think it would be that easy to change a person's outlook on life although the world would be better off if it could.
My rating is based upon my approval of the lessons the young man was taught. Sep 11, Rebekah rated it liked it. My job has ruined me. A few years ago, I imagine I would've read this book and absolutely loved it. However, working in an environment in which people are trying every day to change their lives for the better, I realize now that the change process is long and grueling.
A spoiled, selfish, angry young man does not simply change in a year, even if he does have monthly projects to work on. A "real life" version of Jason couldn't have made it through the requirements of the ultimate gift, even if he My job has ruined me. A "real life" version of Jason couldn't have made it through the requirements of the ultimate gift, even if he had known what the end result would be.
He would've given up in a few days; or, if nothing else, would've been disqualified early on for poor attitude. The one word that kept coming up while I was reading was: That being said, I still think this book is worth reading. The principles are true, even if the storyline is poorly developed. I would like to try some of the exercises myself. Jun 27, Emily Bell rated it did not like it.
What I Liked The concept of the book is nice enough. What I Didn't Like This book is so didactic. Every chapter is a new lesson, spoken out loud and completely explained by either the author, dead Red, or Jason. There are zero true emotions, almost zero true interactions between characters, and the stories fall flat in an attempt to teach a moral lesson. At the end, I found that the story didn't pack a punch because it was trying far too hard.
Jan 03, Sparkleypenguin rated it really liked it. This was a great book about a young man's transformation from a spoiled brat to a person who really understands the gifts that life has to offer us.
Definitely much more an uplifting book than Winger, that's for sure. May 21, Lena Morrison rated it it was ok Shelves: I wish I could give this book a higher rating.
I really liked the movie. The premise of this story is good and moving. Jim Stovall had a really great idea in his hands.
However, the execution was not very well done. The first problem is the fact that the story was told through the eyes of Mr. Hamilton, the eighty-year-old lawyer. It should have been told from the perspective of Jason himself. This leads to the second problem, which is the very repetitive nature of the story. After a few chapters, I wish I could give this book a higher rating. After a few chapters, you realize how each chapter of the story is going to go.
Jason, Mr. Hamilton, and Miss Hastings watch one of Red's videos. Hamilton tells Jason to do what he has to. Jason comes back a month later a changed man. Had Jason been telling the story, we would have been able to see his character develop.
The third problem is the fact that it seems very unrealistic. Jason's language and change does not seem natural. I believe it is possible for such a quest to change a person, but the way it happened in the story was not believable.
Jason was angry, but then each month his perspective would have totally changed. He didn't ever face any real challenge. For example, in the gift of problems, he never actually learned what it meant to overcome a problem through experience. That is the true way to learn. All he ever really did was think and talk to people. He also didn't really talk like a young man at all. This made the book seem too preachy. The fourth problem was that tensions were never truly high. There was no identifiable climax.
You hardly ever connected with the characters because of that. Jason never really had a steep mountain to climb. I'm sure that Jim Stovall is a great motivational speaker and businessman, but I am convinced he could have created this story better. I don't like giving the book this rating, because I really enjoyed the movie.
It was enjoyable because the focus was on Jason himself, and we got to watch his character grow. He faced even more terrible challenges, and grew and overcame them. If you want to receive some valuable perspectives, then read this book.
But if you want a good story, then I sadly can't recommend it. I basically thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very good life lessons here. Young Jason is challenged, by his deceased uncle, to complete 12 monthly "tasks" to learn about 12 gifts, the gifts of work, money, friends, learning, problems, family, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, a day and love. He has to complete each task before he is given the next task.
If he fails at any point, he will not receive the "ultimate gift" at the end of 12 months. These are "tasks" we would all do well to accomplish. The only problem I had with the book was that it was too short. I would have liked to know exactly how Jason accomplished each task instead of just giving a report to the lawyer each month. In other words, I would like to have had more "meat" on the bones!
I read this book with my sister who had to read it for her English class. It was a cute book with good lessons to be learned.
I liked the overall good tone of the book. It's not normally something I'd read but it was good nonetheless. This book is perfect for teenagers who need to learn the value of the lessons described in the book. The book was short, simple, and to the point.
Although I did like the suspense built up to find out what the ultimate gift was. I'd recommend to those who want a li I read this book with my sister who had to read it for her English class. I'd recommend to those who want a light and easy read.
Mar 26, J. Small rated it it was amazing. Oustanding bood with an outstanding message. One of those books that you wish everyone would read.
I've read it two or three times and every time, I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and excited for the future. Feb 23, Lynette Heideman rated it it was amazing. This book is a must read, it will change your perspective of life. Loved it, so well written. Jun 27, Barbara rated it liked it. I first saw the movie "The Ultimate Gift" and I just loved it! So when I saw this book at my public library, and made sure that the book was written before the movie, I checked it out.
I found out that the book and the movie are quite a bit different. The book separates each gift better, the movie lets some of them run together. In the book you can't really connect with the characters, they're one-sided, but in the movie you can. The book and movie balance each other pretty well. One thing that struck me is that in the book,is that Jason, the spoiled, bratty main character who has to pass the 12 tests to get "the ultimate gift" improves his character and personality a lot faster in the book than in the movie.
All of the "gifts" are things like the gift of laughter, hard work, gratitude, etc. I probably like the movie a little bit more, but then again, this book wasn't written to be good literature. It's just a great, sweet story about a great-uncle trying to correct his mistakes and help his great-nephew-- from beyond the grave. This book or the movie is very good, and worth the few hours you have to spend on it. It has a couple of good quotes, one I liked was when a blind man said something like, "in life you can choose to laugh or cry.
I choose to laugh. Dec 22, Nanette Buccola rated it it was amazing. Very quick read. Very inspirational and something we all need to be reminded of every once in awhile. My Thoughts First finding out that your great uncle has passed, then while your sitting, watching and listening to your ungrateful, money grubbing family get their inheritance until you are the last one setting there. Second, you are told you have to do something to get yours! Then to find out how long it will take!
How would you feel or do if you were Jason Stevens? Jason's Uncle Red was a very self made man, but due to the way he grew up and had to learn how to survive that when he had his fami My Thoughts First finding out that your great uncle has passed, then while your sitting, watching and listening to your ungrateful, money grubbing family get their inheritance until you are the last one setting there. Jason's Uncle Red was a very self made man, but due to the way he grew up and had to learn how to survive that when he had his family he inevitably gave everything to them.
So they did not learn how he did to survive. The Attorney for Mr. Red Stevens is Mr. This character is betrayed by a gentleman that is some what skeptical of Jason. But even in his stern way comes to care about the way his very close friend has laid out the journey of learning for Jason and wants him to succeed. Miss Hastings, Mr. Hamilton's secretary plays a big part in the journey as well as all the other characters One of my many favorite quotes in the book is, "A journey may be long or short, but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself.
Jason goes on a year long memorable quest having to find out, not only about others or things but about himself as well.
Does it change him, you really need to read this awesome novel to find out. I so totally recommend The Ultimate Gift. It is well worth the read. Aug 06, Rev. Linda rated it it was amazing. The title page reads "What would you be willing to do in order to inherit one billion dollars? Jason Stevens is about to find out" - An inspirational story of how a wealthy man redeems his nephew and allows him to learn twelve life lessons after his death.