Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Ultimate Journey
Author: Jim Stovall
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Jim's Website: www.jimstovall.com
This book is the final novel in a stunning trilogy that offers a wonderful, heartfelt story about the billionaire, Howard "Red" Stevens, and his final "gift" to the grandson who inherited his estate.
After Jason - Redís grandson - gets married, he and his wife get into the limo which will drive them to their honeymoon destination. Even though Red Stevens is gone, his final gift is put in the hands of his grandson - a DVD and an old diary that Red has left behind to teach Jason the lessons of life he was taught while growing up. For twelve months, Jason had been sent around the world by his grandfather who, in his will, left behind The Ultimate Gift - a year-long odyssey with showed Jason the world and taught him how to deal with the future.
As Jason and his new wife play the DVD, they hear the message of a man who lived a good long time. And in the diary are excerpts of everything from the Great Depression to serving in WWII, to trying to find a balance between his wife and his kids and making his billions of dollars. Each and every diary entry shows the triumphs and mistakes that Red made throughout his time on earth, and gives this "gift" to his grandson so that Jason will not make the same mistakes he did.
Each and every chapter highlights a journey such as, The Journey of Work, which spotlights Redís earliest memories in the swamps of Louisiana, working during the Great Depression, and bringing in an oil well in Texas. Redís diary goes on to speak about The Journey of Love, which showed how he met his beloved wife and how, at times, he put his wife and children on the back burner to make yet another million dollars.
The Journey of Money speaks about how Red earned his cash and began to fulfill his destiny, whereas The Journey of Giving shows how the illustrious billionaire learned that donating money to others caused ripple effects that made his life one of fulfillment and happiness. From the loyalty of friends and family to The Journey of Laughter, which spoke volumes about how everyone needs to be lighthearted and enjoy every single day thatís granted to us, this diary speaks volumes.
Red offered entries in his diary explaining how amazing it felt to go from struggling to purchase a $.36 vase for his motherís birthday, to be able to hand her the keys to her very own house. As the diary is read and the DVD is played inside the limousine Jason, as well as all readers, are exposed to a meaningful life that teaches them how to support, love, and give strength to others.
This book is a lovely book of lessons that teach everyone - rich or poor - what a gift and a blessing life is every single day. This authorís first two books in this series, The Ultimate Gift (which became a major motion picture); and The Ultimate Life were fantastic novels that reached into readers souls. With this, The Ultimate Journey, the trilogy has come to a truly glorious end!
Until next time,
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