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NORA'S REVIEW - THE ULTIMATE GIFT



THE ULTIMATE GIFT
By Jim Stovall
Published by River Oak
ISBN-10: 0781445639
156 pages

Exerpts from the book:
In the end, a person is only known by the impact he or she has on others.

THE GIFT OF WORK – HE WHO LOVES HIS WORK NEVER LABORS.
“I learned the satisfaction that comes from a simple four-letter- word: WORK. One of the things my wealth has ROBBED from you and the entire family is the privilege and satisfaction that comes from doing an honest day’s work..”

THE GIFT OF MONEY – MONEY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A TOOL. IT CAN BE A FORCE FOR GOOD, A FORCE FOR EVIL, OR SIMPLY BE IDLE.

…”There is absolutely nothing that can replace money in the things that money does, but regarding the rest of the things in the world, money is absolutely useless.”

THE GIFT OF FRIENDS – IT IS A WEALTHY PERSON, INDEED, WHO CALCULATES RICHES NOT IN GOLD BUT IN FRIENDS.

FRIEND is a word that is thrown around far too easily by people who don’t know the meaning of it. Young man, you’re lucky if you live as long as I have and can count your real friends on the fingers of both hands.

THE GIFT OF LEARNING - EDUCATION IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY WHOSE DESTINATION EXPANDS AS YOU TRAVEL.
“Learning is a process. “

THE GIFT OF PROBLEMS - PROBLEMS CAN ONLY BE AVOIDED BY EXERCISING GOOD JUDGEMENT. GOOD JUDGEMENT CAN ONLY BE GAINED BY EXPERIENCING LIFE’S PROBLEMS.
“When we can learn from our own problems, we begin to deal with life. When we can learn from other people’s problems, we begin to master life.

THE GIFT OF FAMILY - SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN INTO WONDERFUL FAMILIES. OTHERS HAVE TO FIND OR CREATE THEM. BEING A MEMBER OF A FAMILY IS A PRICELESS PRIVILEGE WHICH COSTS NOTHING BUT LOVE.
“Families give us our roots, our heritage, and our past. They also give us the springboard to our future. Nothing in this world is stronger than the bond that can be formed by a family. That is a bond of pure love that will withstand any pressure as long as the love is kept in the forefront.

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER - LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL. OUR WORLD IS DESPERATELY IN NEED OF MORE SUCH MEDICINE.
The gift of laughter is the ability to look at yourself, your problems, and life in general, and just laugh.

THE GIFT OF DREAMS - FAITH IS ALL THAT DREAMERS NEED TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE

Dreams are the essence of life – NOT AS IT IS, BUT AS IT CAN BE. Dreams are born in the hearts and minds of very special people, but the fruit of those dreams becomes reality and is enjoyed by the whole world.

THE GIFT OF GIVING - THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN TRULY GET MORE OUT OF LIFE FOR YOURSELF IS TO GIVE PART OF YOURSELF AWAY.

THE MORE YOU GIVE, THE MORE YOU HAVE. ABUNDANCE CREATES THE ABILITY TO GIVE; GIVING CREATES MORE ABUNDANCE. I don’t mean this simply in financial terms. This principle is true in every area of your life.

THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE - IN THOSE TIMES WHEN WE YEARN TO HAVE MORE IN OUR LIVES, WE SHOULD DWELL ON THE THINGS WE ALREADY HAVE. IN DOING SO, WE WILL OFTEN FIND THAT OUR LIVES ARE ALREADY FULL TO OVERFLOWING..

“During what, at the time, I considered to be some of my worst experiences, I gained my fondest memories.”

“I have always found it ironic that the people in this world who have the most to be thankful for are often the least thankful, and somehow the people who have virtually nothing, many times live lives full of gratitude.

THE GIFT OF A DAY - LIFE AT IT’S ESSENCE BOILS DOWN TO ONE DAY AT A TIME. TODAY IS THE DAY!!!

If we can learn how to live one day to it's fullest, our lives will be rich and meaningful.

THE GIFT OF LOVE - LOVE IS A TREASURE FOR WHICH WE CAN NEVER PAY. THE ONLY WAY WE KEEP IT IS TO GIVE IT AWAY.

THE ULTIMAGE GIFT - IN THE END, LIFE LIVED TO IT'S FULLEST IS IT'S OWN ULTIMATE GIFT
Now I know why God made me and put me on this earth. I understand the purpose for my life and how I can help other people find their purpose.”

These are just some of the many tresures you will find in this book. My heart was so touched by this story. It is something I want to re-read several times a year. Each chapter starts out with the Gift of… (like I have listed above) and then the gift is explained. He also has the quote after the gift like I have listed. When you consider that the author of this book is blind. The book has that much more impact on me as a seeing individual. This author goes beyond what eyes can see and talks to my soul. Jim Stovall came out with the sequel to this book in 2007 called “The Ultimate Life”. I can’t wait to read that book as well. The Ultimate Gift is a must read for everyone.

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