!!> KINDLE ❧ The Ultimate Gift ❄ Author Jim Stovall – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

!!> KINDLE ❧ The Ultimate Gift ❄ Author Jim Stovall – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 162 pages
  • The Ultimate Gift
  • Jim Stovall
  • English
  • 09 September 2019
  • 1589193571

The Ultimate GiftWhat 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.


About the Author: Jim Stovall

Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker He is the author of the best selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin He is also author of The Ultimate Life and The Ultimate Journey, which have inspired another major motion picture to be released September 2013 Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era For his work in making television accessible to our nation s 13 million blind and visually impaired people, The President s Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as the Entrepreneur of the Year He was also chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year.


10 thoughts on “The Ultimate Gift

  1. says:

    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 page 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 wantseems 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 Givethan 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 muchby 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 youthan you think Often the best gifts don t cost even a dime Happy holidays Reading for Your Success

  2. says:

    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 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 farimportant 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 seeof his experiences and what happened to him in a show not tell kind of narrative

  3. says:

    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 inher 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 Okthat 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

  4. says:

    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 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

  5. says:

    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 muchfor 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 muchfor 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

  6. says:

    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 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 themdeeply 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

  7. says:

    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 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

  8. says:

    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.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

  9. says:

    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 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

  10. says:

    The movie is sooooo much better.

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