The Ultimate Gift (and a Winner!)

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Chelsea said…

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November 16, 2011 10:18 AM 

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I recently read a really good book that I want to share with you.

Have you ever heard of The Ultimate Gift?
It is a great movie that my husband and I have enjoyed for a few years now,
but it’s based on the novel by Jim Stovall.
It’s a short book that is a pretty quick read, but I really enjoyed it.
The movie and the book are not exactly the same – but I like them both.
In the movie we see more of Jason’s life and experiences –
the book is full of more wisdom and good advice.  It contains more gifts.
When getting ready to do this post, I found
From that website I got the pictures above, as well as the following paragraphs.
Here’s a summary of the story, to get you interested:
“Red Stevens was a self-made man who gave his family everything – and ruined them in the process. Now, as his estate of mega companies is divided among greedy and self-serving relatives, one member is singled out for a chance to do something special: Red’s great-nephew, Jason.
“The Ultimate Gift takes the reader through Jason’s incredible work to gain his Uncle Red’s inheritance through a series of challenges. Every step of the way, there is a lesson for Jason and the reader. It’s a quest for what it means to live life well that has captivated millions of readers throughout the world, and has also become the basis of numerous educational and philanthropic initiatives that build upon the inspiring insights that unfold in this stirring story.”
Here’s some information about the author, Jim Stovall:

“Jim Stovall is a blind man who sees what really matters. After years of reaching out to diverse audiences with his own remarkable history, he turned deep inside. Right to the heart of the values – or ‘gifts’ – that rest within us all, and the magical transformations that begin once we start to recognize and share these 12 treasures. The universal yet profound insights of his book became the keys that continue to unlock incredible new hope, joy and meaning for individuals, families, schools and public-service organizations throughout the world.
“Jim Stovall has overcome blindness to become a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He is co-founder and president of the Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible for our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families.”                   

It’s a wonderful book and movie, and I’d recommend them, especially this time of year.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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