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The Ultimate Gift book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. What would you do to inherit a million dollars? Would you be w. Jason Stevens is about to find out in Jim Stovall's The Ultimate Gift. Red Stevens Ultimate Journey: A Novel (Ultimate Gift) by Jim Stovall Paperback $ musicmarkup.info: The Ultimate Gift (The Ultimate Series #1) (): Jim Stovall, Elise Peterson: Books.
Plot[ edit ] When his rich grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens James Garner , dies, Jason Drew Fuller does not expect to inherit anything from his multi-billion-dollar estate. He strongly resents his grandfather because his father had died while working for him. There is an inheritance, in fact, but it comes with a condition: Jason must complete 12 separate assignments within a year in order to get it. Each assignment is centered around a "gift". Gifts of work, money, friends and learning are among the dozen that Jason must perform before he is eligible for the mysterious "Ultimate Gift" his grandfather's will has for him. Red's attorney and friend, Mr.
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. Either way, be sure it happens. I am incredibly grateful that I have a family and friends that have brought me up living and believing these principles. But despite having learned them in the past, I felt reborn as I read through each gift and realized where I should be better spending my time and my thoughts.
So this was a much needed refocus that changed my state immediately to pure excitement and energy. It was an amazing feeling as I finished each chapter. What a powerful gift. After all, without things like dreams, love and relationships, nothing about your business, career or finances would make a difference.
When in doubt, simply thinking outside of yourself is often all it takes to put your mind in the right place. That was all Red wished for Jason. All of us deserve to live a meaningful and happy life so we must be sure to spend our time and focus our mind, time and energy in the right way to do so. As we move into the holiday seasons, or any season for that matter, keep close in mind that at the end of the day and at the end of your life , your success, meaning and fulfillment will be measured much more by the number of lives you truly made better, than by anything you accumulate or consume.
I encourage you to live accordingly and treat this as a gift to those you wish to do the same. Make this your gift to life and to you this year. Step outside of yourself and have a look around.
Others may need you more than you think. Happy holidays! View 2 comments. Jan 15, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: I'll admit it: I did not like this book. It's the current selection in our Relief Society book group, which I'm in charge of, although I don't pick the books. If anyone read it and loved it as I know many people have and do , I know you'll be quick to dismiss me as being sad and cold-hearted, but after much reflection I've decided that is not the case.
Basically, the book centers around a young man whose great uncle bequeathed him a large fortune, but before he can have access to the money he h I'll admit it: Basically, the book centers around a young man whose great uncle bequeathed him a large fortune, but before he can have access to the money he has to go learn about a series of 12 gifts one every month for a year.
The gifts include things like the gift of work, the gift of friendship, the gift of money, etc. The young man, by discovering these gifts for himself, overcomes a lifetime habit of selfishness wrought from having everything provided for him. In principle, this is a great idea, and a lot of the gifts in the book ring true even though the overall premise seemed a bit simplistic to me personally, since I have long since accepted and believed that there are things far more important than money.
But in execution, I really found this book wanting. There is almost no character development, no real description of what the young man goes through and how it changes him. Each chapter starts with a meeting with the lawyer through whose perspective the book is told where the new gift is introduced; after a paragraph break, the month is over and the young man reports on what he learned.
I really wanted to see more of his experiences and what happened to him--in a "show not tell" kind of narrative. View all 9 comments. Dec 02, Samuel rated it did not like it. This book was an unnecessary waste of words.
Its only redeeming value is that I read it to my son and it held his interest ok. The book is of the type that uses a simple narrative to communicate life values or lessons called "gifts" in the book. In this case the story is of a millionaire who dies and makes a spoiled nephew go through a series of monthly tests in order to receive his inher This book was an unnecessary waste of words.
In this case the story is of a millionaire who dies and makes a spoiled nephew go through a series of monthly tests in order to receive his inheritance. Each month his learns a lesson or value. The thing is, each lesson is so dang simple. Here are the "gifts": The gift of work 2. The gift of money 3. The gift of friends 4. The gift of learning 5. The gift of problems 6. The gift of family 7. The gift of laughter 8. The gift of dreams 9. The gift of giving The gift of gratitude The gift of a day The gift of love By reading this list you can pretty much get out of the book what you need.
I expected there to be some additional insight to these gifts but in the end it just felt flat and obvious. Take the first gift, the gift of work. The point here is that work is actually a gift.
Work is good. Work builds character. I don't really need to read a long-winded story to get that point. Don't get me wrong, I understand that all books in this genre are just long winded stories that try to teach principles. I guess I just hoped that at least the story telling would be interesting and that there would be one or two "a-ha" moments that helped me think about a principle in a new or fresh way.
No luck here. At least I only wasted a dollar on this book and at least I spent some quality time with my son reading it to him. View 1 comment. Nov 24, Karma Hope rated it it was ok. I found this book very contrived, emotionally manipulative, and lacking in any believability!
After Red Stevens dies, he sends his great nephew Jason Stevens on a year long journey of self discovery. It was just too trite for me. The fact that Jason usually showed up on the last day of the month to discuss his experience then came back the next day to get his new instructions. It just bugged me - why didn't they give him the instructions the same day; the author didn't even seem to realize he ke I found this book very contrived, emotionally manipulative, and lacking in any believability!
It just bugged me - why didn't they give him the instructions the same day; the author didn't even seem to realize he kept coming two days in a row. I know it is silly but that is just one tiny reason this book is silly. I do not want to diminish the importance of the lessons Jason was being taught. I believe strongly in the importance of each lesson and I want to learn them more deeply myself and teach my children these important truths for life happiness.
I just couldn't stomache the delivery!! I will admit to crying on several occassions but this was just a mark of the emotional manipulation of the story and not an indication of any realistic emotional learning experience. I was most touched by the gift on month eleven - the gift of a day. As I thought about maximizing each day; seeing it as the last time I can impact the world arround me - it strengthened my desire to use my daily moments to their fullest.
Today is the only day little Andi will be this exact age. Today is the only day Craig will say these funny comments. Today is the only day Riley will want to talk about the things she wants to talk about. Every night when I go to sleep, I am saying goodbye to another day I will never get back. On the chapter heading page it says - Today is the day!
That one sentence struck me with great force. Today is the day - why waste it with unimportant things, grumpiness, anger, or pettiness. Although I did feel a real prompting for me personally in that chapter and all the gifts re-inforced some important beliefs I hold - mostly, I found the book far too contrived and failed to feel genuine.
I think all those lessons can be learned somewhere else - just listen to conference and you will hear all the gifts! Dec 06, Rachel rated it it was ok. I read this for my book club. And if you are looking to get preached at by a self-righteous old man who thinks you are stupid and don't need believable characters or varied vocabulary, have I got a book for you! Of course the message is good and the author seems like a really impressive person. He's just a horrible, horrible writer. It's beyond heavy handed; he uses the word "simply" so much it lost meaning to me; the narrator is an unlikable, holier-than-thou old man; the young man who supposedl I read this for my book club.
It's beyond heavy handed; he uses the word "simply" so much it lost meaning to me; the narrator is an unlikable, holier-than-thou old man; the young man who supposedly needs so much help is really not such a bad guy, no matter how much the old guy and his secretary bemoan how little progress they are making; it is so cheesy I was uncomfortable conceding any valid points that may have been made; I could go on.
To its credit, it's short. To its detriment, it should have been much shorter. Like, email-forward-from-your-grandma-with-pictures-of-teddy-bears-eskimo-kissing shorter. May 29, Michael rated it did not like it. I read this at the behest of my mom who was deeply touched by it. I thought it was poorly written sappy drivel that unconsciously displayed some of the least attractive qualities of the baby boomer generation.
The author, in an attempt at profundity, clumsily sought to inspire the reader with a moral narrative that would be insightful only to the most ethically stunted of persons. The book, while about teaching a young man to be a morally responsible and well-rounded person, seemed really to addre I read this at the behest of my mom who was deeply touched by it. The book, while about teaching a young man to be a morally responsible and well-rounded person, seemed really to address an older audience of a generation that valued money over community, money over the environment, and money over family.
There is an undertone of remorse in this story, laid on top of an exhausting sermon about living a moral life. I suspect a great many adults read this book wishing to pass the author's set of ethics down to a generation of kids who were raised by bad examples of it.
Jun 17, Nancy Parish rated it it was amazing. The concept of the book was very simple. Many of the "nitty, gritty" parts of the young man's journey to find values, goals, morals, and a purpose in life were left out.
One only gets a report and not the pleasure or the involvement of the journey. As a long term educator and one whose specialties are literature and writing, there is a loftier goal here. I see this as a thought provoking book for an entitlement generation of parents to use as a guideline to help them find a way to guide their en The concept of the book was very simple. I see this as a thought provoking book for an entitlement generation of parents to use as a guideline to help them find a way to guide their entitlement engorged off spring back toward some semblance of happiness and self-fulfillment.
It's purpose is to make all of us think. It's purpose is to intrigue those whose education and abilities of understanding allow them to use their gifts of perception, intuitive thinking, and imagination to devise plans using these strong moral foundations to create parenting that produces viable, and productive and morally consciously children.
For those less able to glen the deeper lessons, there is still a simple plan in the story where one cane understand how to use the techniques in even the same simple manners as the author has and change the entitlement attitudes of so many who live there in this young generation. As the author said we rob people of their God given gifts and their safety net and their joy without stepping back and allowing kids to all on their noses so the they can learn about the world and find their own joy.
I found it an invaluable tool for anyone who wants an arsenal of behavior modification actions techniques or ways to help with redirecting our youth. My prayers are with young families trying to teach these things in a world which values idleness and rewards entitlement. I highly recommended it to parents raising children. It is a good guide to give children stability.
Jan 16, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Ultimate Gift is a fictional story, but it teaches a lesson that is very real. It begins with the main character Jason.
Jason is a rude, spoiled, brat. He has gotten everything he has from his millionaire uncle. The whole family leaves the reading an instant millionaire. Jason is the last one. Being the impatient brat he is, he complains but he will find out his uncle has much more for Jason. He has planned for Jason the ultimate gift. The gift will be given after Jason completes 12 tasks and receives 12 gifts, on e per month.
The rules are that if Jason does not show proper attitude or does not complete the task he will not be given the ultimate gift. Hamilton, and his secretary Mrs. They explore friends, money, laughter, and a good person.
When the time for the ultimate gift comes, Jason learns that the gift was all of the experiences. This book was fabulous! It teaches a very meaningful lesson. It is a good wholesome book wit a lesson to be learned: The story kept me hanging. I wanted to read just to know what the ultimate gift is. In a way, I became kind of like Jason, greedy for the result. This is the kind of book where the characters are relatable and you get pulled into the story.
I loved this book and give it two thumbs up! I decided to read this book because I hadn't read a book from Spirituality Shelf since a long time. This book is really good as a short, thought provoking read. This bookmis about Jason, who has to complete 12 tasks after his uncle's death to become the legatee.
Those 12 tasks center around moral values like friendship, love, work etc etc. While completing these tasks, he finds new friends, some new ideas, meanings of life and the Ultimate Gift from the will of his uncle. I really loved this book I decided to read this book because I hadn't read a book from Spirituality Shelf since a long time. I really loved this book. It was short but still conveyed the ultimate message!
It's been a while and a book like this was really needed! Recommended to everyone! Sep 19, Eva rated it it was ok Shelves: The movie is sooooo much better. May 17, Brooks Cataudella rated it it was amazing. Life has many gifts to offer, however, if you do not know how to receive and use these gifts, they are useless. This book highlighted the ups and downs of life. The book taught me a few of the many gifts of life and how to use these gifts throughout my life.
I also enjoyed this book because it can currently relate to my life. Being a teenager, we think we know everything life has to offer. This book conveys the total opp Life has many gifts to offer, however, if you do not know how to receive and use these gifts, they are useless.
This book conveys the total opposite, young people have so much to learn from their elders. By listening to older people and opening our eyes to the world, we can learn so much, and realize that we, young people especially, truly do not know everything. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers looking for an inspirational book to read. This is an excellent book for more mature readers, such as young people and adults.
I would recommend this book because it really taught me a lesson, and it kept me intrigued throughout the whole book. Another good recommendation is the sequel, The Ultimate Life by Jim Stovall, for readers who enjoyed the first book as much as I did.
The plot of this story is about a young man, named Jason, whose great-uncle has recently passed away. Red leaves everyone in his family money as their inheritance, except Jason. Jason must undergo and complete various tasks and tests left by Red in order to receive The Ultimate Gift. This book also contained situational irony. This irony occurred throughout the whole book. The reader expects Jason, one of the least liked and not very closely related relative to Red, to receive nothing as his inheritance.
However, Jason receives the greatest gift of all the family members, The Ultimate Gift. Mar 31, Suzette rated it did not like it. In my opinion, this book is stupid. Total waste of my time and completely unbeleivable. Didn't change my life like the author said it would. This is the kind of book you will either hate or like.
It's was like reading a fable, where you're supposed to think about the moral of the story. It came at a moment for me when I needed a feel good book, when I needed to believe that there's still redeeming qualities in humankind.
It felt right for that moment in my life.
Dec 12, Jordan rated it it was amazing. This book conveys the total o Life has many gifts to offer, however, if you do not know how to receive and use these gifts, they are useless.
Jan 18, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked this up earlier today and was so excited to start reading it. When I started, I did not expect to finish it in one day. The story is about a man who is set to inherit a substantial sum of money. The catch is that he must complete 12 tasks over the course of a year to show that he is not a shallow, money grubbing person.
When the story begins, the main character, Jason is young and idealistic for his own life. He does not seem to care about things around him that do not benefit him. 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.
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