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What would you do in order to inherit one billion dollars? In the novel, Jason Stevens is about to find out. It is a year long quest to get his inheritance....

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Number of Pages : 162 Pages
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The Ultimate Gift Reviews

  • Scott Dinsmore
    2019-04-09 21:03

    This book has the perfect title. My mother gave it to me last week and I had it finished in an hour and a half. Never before have I come across a book so powerful and profound, yet unbelievably simple that inspired me to address life in a different way. After putting it down I could not stop the thoughts going through my head about my life and the way it will affect and improve the lives of others going forward. We should all be grateful for the gift Jim Stoval has given us in these 150 odd pages. It is just as relevant to the maturing teenager as it is for a grandparent nearing the end of his life. On three separate occasions my eyes teared up. That’s difficult to do with a book.The ultimate gift that Jim describes is one that all of us posses yet few of us take advantage of often enough. It has nothing to do with money or material things, which often carry too much emphasis, especially during the holidays. I wouldn’t dare take away the surprise from my readers since I know you would much rather hear it from Jim than me. I’d prefer to focus on what I took away from it. The gift that I received after finishing this book was that of a road map to a successful and meaningful life…meaningful describes it better than anything.So many of us search for meaning in money, status and simply a bunch of things that most likely leave us disappointed and unfulfilled when we finally “get there”. Any of you who have tried to tell yourself that your lifes meaning can be achieved through a finite financial or material goal, have likely found that the problem is you never actually “get there”. When life is about material gifts and awards, you find that that desire to want more seems to always take over… and the emptiness continues.This is much the case with the main character, Jason, in the Ultimate Gift. His very wealthy relative, Red, has recently passed away and left a fortune as his legacy. Unfortunately, all his heirs have turned into less than savory characters due to the unlimited access to money they have experienced in life. He saw Jason as the only hope for recovery, being just 24 years old. Instead of offering him a huge pile of money like Red does to the rest of his heirs, he offers Jason a year long journey where he’ll experience the twelve gifts of life. Since Red has passed away, his close friend will be guiding Jason via videos and letters provided in Red’s will. Jason’s inheritance, the ultimate gift, will only be received if he adequately makes it through each month.Jason’s greedy self reluctantly accepts the offer, seeing the only redeeming thing being whatever has been left for him at the end of the year. Similar to his relatives, Jason has led a less than meaningful life up to this point. He lacks compassion for others, has never had to work for anything and has few if any real relationships. On top of that, he is grateful for nothing. Those of you who have strictly defined your success in terms of money up to this point, may have had similar experiences. The good news is it’s never too late to refocus.Little does Jason know that he is about to embark on a subtle journey of life transformation and will come away with a reborn understanding of the true meaning of his life and those around him. The brilliant thing is the reader receives theThese monthly gifts touch on most things close to me and ReadingForYourSuccess. Here is a shortened list: * The gift of work: Appreciation and satisfaction come from earning something. Leisure is only enjoyable when you earn it. * The gift of friends: True loyal friends are hard to find so treat them that way. You never know when a new friendship is about to begin. * The gift of learning: Have a burning desire and love for self education. * The gift of problems: These prepare us for what’s ahead in life so embrace them and enjoy the accomplishment. * The gift of family: Some are born with a wonderful family, others have to find and create one. Either way, it’s essential. * The gift of dreams: See yourself accomplishing your goals and desires before you live through them. Dream until your last day. * The gift of giving: Small gifts to you could be huge gifts for others. Give more than you take. * The gift of love: The one required ingredient in every part of life. It makes each gift and experience worth living.It’s hard for me to provide just a partial list but I hope this will wet your pallet. Jim’s explanation of each gift through Jason’s growth and understanding will surely give you at least a chill or two and leave you thinking differently. 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. That’s what makes this book so far reaching. It covers just about every core topic of ReadingForYourSuccess and it applies to every possible reader. It doesn’t matter your age or place in life, either this will be a simple reminder or a much needed introduction to true meaning. 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. A simple refocus may be all you need to remove what’s keeping happiness out of you life. 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. With how focused and busy we all get on our life’s success, it is so easy for us to forget what matters most. In running my investment fund I find myself consumed in things that I can’t do anything about and as a result, at times my stress levels rise and my enjoyment fades. 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. Often the best gifts don’t cost even a dime. Happy holidays!-Reading for Your Success

  • Rachel
    2019-04-05 19:01

    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 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.

  • Samuel
    2019-03-25 00:46

    This book was an unnecessary waste of words. I bought it because it was a Kindle $1.00 deal and I admit I like the occasional sappy inspirational book. 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 inheritance. Each month his learns a lesson or value. The thing is, each lesson is so dang simple. Here are the "gifts":1. The gift of work2. The gift of money3. The gift of friends4. The gift of learning5. The gift of problems6. The gift of family7. The gift of laughter8. The gift of dreams9. The gift of giving10. The gift of gratitude11. The gift of a day12. The gift of loveBy 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. Ok...that is fairly self evident to me. 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.

  • Karma
    2019-03-28 21:04

    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 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!

  • Nancy Parish
    2019-03-29 19:54

    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 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.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-05 01:55

    The Ultimate GIft Jim StovallRealistic FIction162 pg.The Ultimate Gift is a fictional story, but it teaches a lesson that is very real. It begins with the main character Jason. He is attending the reading of his great Uncle’s will. 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. Over the course of the next twelve months Jason, Uncle Red’s trusted lawyer and friend Mr. Hamilton, and his secretary Mrs. Hamilton, will learn about life’s gifts. 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. He also receives Red’s charitable trust fund of one billion dollars so he may share the gifts with everyone. This book was fabulous! It teaches a very meaningful lesson. It is a good wholesome book wit a lesson to be learned: like the lesson that if you can look at life with laughter things get easier. 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!

  • Rachel
    2019-04-19 22:37

    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 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.

  • Michael
    2019-03-22 00:06

    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 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.

  • Gehna
    2019-04-18 20:07

    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. 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!

  • Brooks Cataudella
    2019-04-09 01:51

    Life has many gifts to offer, however, if you do not know how to receive and use these gifts, they are useless. The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall was one of the best books I have ever read. 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 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. Jason’s great-uncle, Red Stevens, was a millionaire oil tycoon. 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.

  • Suzette
    2019-03-28 01:54

    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.

  • Jordan
    2019-04-06 01:45

    Life has many gifts to offer, however, if you do not know how to receive and use these gifts, they are useless. The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall was one of the best books I have ever read. 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 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. Jason’s great-uncle, Red Stevens, was a millionaire oil tycoon. 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.

  • Robert
    2019-04-03 18:06

    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 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.

  • Rod
    2019-04-05 01:48

    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 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.

  • Virginia Myers
    2019-04-09 20:57

    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 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.

  • Rebekah
    2019-03-23 01:56

    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 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: contrived. "Impossible" would work as well.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. :)

  • Sparkleypenguin
    2019-03-21 20:07

    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.

  • Kathy Worrellツ
    2019-04-06 02:00

    I really enjoyed this book.

  • Carol Arnold
    2019-04-06 17:48

    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!

  • Necessittee
    2019-04-01 19:42

    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 light and easy read.

  • Emily Bell
    2019-04-04 17:49

    What I LikedThe concept of the book is nice enough. What I Didn't LikeThis 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.

  • Lynette Heideman
    2019-04-17 22:56

    This book is a must read, it will change your perspective of life. Loved it, so well written.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-04 20:58

    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. so as it goes along Jason becomes a better person.)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 makes you think about what YOU take for granted, and YOUR character. 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." The book teaches some great stuff, although it is a little bit repetitious, but all in all, a good read.

  • Nanette Buccola
    2019-04-07 00:51

    Very quick read. Very inspirational and something we all need to be reminded of every once in awhile. "In The end life lived to its fullest is its own ultimate gift"

  • Kim Justice
    2019-04-04 23:51

    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 family he inevitably gave everything to them. So they did not learn how he didto survive.The Attorney for Mr. Red Stevens is Mr. Hamilton. 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.

  • L
    2019-03-27 18:02

    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. The author has the following statement on Amazon: "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."This was given to me as a gift, and is one of those books that I wish there was a sequel so I could follow Jason's use of the gifts. I highly recommend.

  • Lin Stepp
    2019-03-27 01:06

    A really good book ... although I didn't like the sequel book very much.In this first title, character Jason Stevens has to fulfill a series of responsibilities over a year and to become a better person ... in order to receive a vast inheritance from great uncle Red Stevens.This is an inspirational novel ... reminding readers of the value of life gifts ... like work, friends, learning, family, laughter, dreams, etc. Jason, who has lived in a selfish, immature way is benefited from the "have-tos" his uncle has designed for him. This is a rich and thoughtful book ... and will make you think about your own life and values.A movie was made of the book ... and I actually thin the movie was "better" and more realistic - and resolved many of the slightly "over-the-top-of-believable" portions of the novel.A good quote typical of Stovall from THE ULTIMATE GIFT:"In those times when we yearn to have more in our lives, w should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing."

  • Claudia
    2019-03-27 20:38

    Had a hard time 'categorizing' this on my shelves...it's fiction, for sure...but it's a didactic self-help book as well. Stovall builds his case for the twelve 'gifts' that enrich our lives and eventually create the Ultimate Gift. Told through the eyes of a lawyer carrying out the last wishes of a friend and client, this book follows Jason, a callow young man, in his year of discovery -- discovery of what really matters in life. Fast paced with lots of lines to remember. We would all do well to follow the quest toward the Ultimate Gift: gifts of work, money, friends, learning, problems, family, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, a day, and love...My favorite quote: 'anything good, honorable and desirable in life is based on love.' Thanks, Trevor, for the book!

  • Amelia
    2019-03-26 19:41

    I'd seen the movie before reading the book and really enjoyed it. The book is presented very differently than the movie. I liked living the story through Jason's eyes. the book narrator is the lawyer and it just doesn't have the same impact. The gifts are good things to learn and implement in your life. Still the execution is better in the movie. In the book, Jason is really only evaluating the gifts (for the most part) instead of really living them. Overall, this is an okay read, but if you get a chance to watch the movie, I'd do that instead. It probably takes as long to watch the movie as it took me to read the book.

  • Brooke
    2019-03-21 00:41

    This was okay. I can see what the author was trying to do, and while I do agree with the moral of the book, I wasn't impressed with the delivery. This is a moral lesson kind of book and it is very deliberate, with the moral handed completely to us, without any effort or critical thought required from us. We didn't have to extract anything, it was all clearly spelled out. It felt like a parable, with the realism substituted for sake of moralizing.