Move over Mark and Jack, Jim is here! What Mark Hansen and
Jack Canfield did through their laborious Chicken Soup series, Jim Stovall has
managed in his 125 odd paged book. The Ultimate Gift is the journey of Jason
Stevens as created by his billionaire albeit deceased grandfather Howard ‘Red’
Stevens who in his lifetime expressed love for his family through money and
never time. The guilt trip thus leads him to bring about a sea change in Jason
despite being six feet under. So Red Stevens, with the help of his lawyer best friend
Ted Hamilton (who is very much alive) and a few peri –mortem arrangements teaches
Jason the finer aspects of Life. Through practical tasks, Jason, the uncouth
and brash youth is metamorphosed as he realizes the real worth of Life.
The clichéd ‘short, simple and sweet’ best describes this
venture of Stovall. The non-preachy feel of the book makes for digestible and
effective reading. However the most endearing aspect of The Ultimate Gift is the
background of its author. Jim Stovall overcame his blindness to become a National
Champion Olympic weightlifter, successful investment broker, entrepreneur,
author and motivational speaker and is thus a perfect example of his own book.
Verdict: A must read for all!