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The Ultimate Journey, a Novel, by Jim Stovall, David C. Cook, 2011, 176 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1434703149, $14.99
“James, I’ve seen my last doctor…it’s time to make some plans…never thought much about dying…there’s got to be a right way to do it,” said “Red” Stevens from the backseat of the stretch limousine.
James, longtime chauffeur and friend, pulled away from the curb, saddened at the news. From lengthy limousine conversations he knew the regret Red lived with. Knew that while Red Stevens “had been out changing the world, he had failed to have a similar impact on his own family.”
His grandson Jason would inherit billions, but Red wanted to leave more than his fortune behind, he wanted to leave a never ending legacy for his grandson, that the journey was more important than the destination.
The Ultimate Journey concludesStovall’s inspiring trilogy about a grandfather’s love, his legacy and a grandson’s twelve month odyssey of —“life lessons”—a condition of inheritance.
Red’s biographical lessons begin with the idea that “every day is a gift.” Then they follow Red’s path to wealth and success. The story is told through the chauffeur’s voice, Red’s journals and video recordings where Jason and bride Alexia learn the true cost of his grandfather’s success.
Topics such as money, friends, learning, family, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude and more, demonstrate important lessons. Like money should never be an end in itself; friends and family share life’s burdens; time can be squandered, but never reclaimed, the importance of laughter and much more. Bonus movie photos from the film based on the The Ultimate Gift with James Garner end the book.
The author’s intent was to “both tell a good story and share a powerful message.” He has done that and more by including his telephone number and email address in the introduction for readers who need “encouragement, direction or simply someone to listen to your hopes and dreams.” He promises to answer.
Stovall’s inspiring message of “giving, growing, serving and loving” in parable form lingers long after the last page is turned. The narrative is an eleven on a scale of ten out of ten. Or as Steve Forbes writes, “…it’s a morality tale of the first rank.”
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