Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: The Ultimate Journey by Jim Stovall

Title: The Ultimate Journey
Author: Jim Stovall

Category: Fiction
Pub. Date: 06/01/2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN # 1434703142
The Ultimate Journey: A Novel (Ultimate Gift)

Jim Stovall has penned three delightful parables for anyone who wants to be inspired or give the gift of inspiration. In The Ultimate Gift, Jason Stevens learns to appreciate the value of his life, while in The Ultimate Life, he learns the value of love. Now, in the touching conclusion to the trilogy, Jason learns that life’s journey is all about traveling well—not about the destination.
In The Ultimate Journey, readers will discover the secrets of a successful life, including:
• Money helps pay for the trip, but should never be a destination …
• Friends make the journey worthwhile …
• Laughter lightens the load of any rough or rocky uphill road …
• Time may be allotted in small or large portions but the moment is what counts …
… and so much more.
Do you know how to make your life a success? The Ultimate Journey packs a powerful message for all ages.

Jim Stovall has been a National Olympic weightlifting champion, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the best selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin.

Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, "Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era."

For his work in making television accessible to our nation's 13 million blind and visually impaired people, The President's Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as the Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa as recipients of this honor.

My Review:

Jim Stovall has done it again, The Ultimate Journey is the last book in this series, The Ultimate Gift. I so enjoyed the movie with the same title, but reading the three books have sent me on quite a journey of my own. With that being said I will set out to tell you a little about the last book titled The Ultimate Journey. 

This book starts where Jason and Alexia have gotten married and are leaving for their honeymoon. And as usual Mr. Hamilton gives Jason a gift to open on their way. The book is told in the limousine drivers point of view. His name is James, and according to him Jason inherited him when he inherited the limo. I thought that was kinda neat, that James would stay on with Jason. 

James tells parts of how the journey started with Jason after his grandfather past away, and gave Jason the Ultimate Gift!!!   He also tells about Jason meeting Alexia and her daughter Emily. He continues by reflecting about somethings that Howard "Red" Stevens taught him and how. Like how Red gave him books on learning to drive a limo. Then James learned that before Red gave them to him, that Red and Read them himself. James and Red and all kinds of different talks as well during the time that James worked for him. I felt this really added to the book and made the characters seem real. I love it when I can get into the characters lives or that fact that "they" get in my life...... 

James was a very respective person. He called Jason and Alexia, Mr and Mrs. Stevens. He also knew that most limousine drives did not speak unless spoken to. But, Jason and his grandfather knew that sometimes it was good to just be friendly. 

As I had said earlier before they pulled away, Mr. Hamilton come up and asked, "Just one moment, James, If I may."  And then Mr. Hamilton handed a gift to Jason and Alexia, his words here made me cry. I will not say or quote them, let just say "You need to read them for yourself." After the limo pulls away from where reception was held, Jason and Alexia open the gift, wow... it is the tapes of that Jason's grandfather had made for him. He congratulates them both.. just not Alexia by name.. 

They as you can guess go through the tapes on the drive to the honey moon place. What a ride. 
Do not want to give much more away about the book. But I will tell you I was caught up in the whole drive to their destination. James gets into listening to the tapes and also adds to the conversations at times. Let's just say by the time they reach the honeymoon destination, you have a whole other side of their story and a great outlook for Jason and Alexia. And reading the story from James' point of view was really a neat way to end this part of the series. At least in "my point of view."

So for my rating of this book I will have to give it a: 


Disclaimer: This book was not given to me. It was and is my own book and the review is my own.


Ali said...

Great review! I loved the movie and cant' wait to read the books :) that's a hint mom for you to send them to me!! lol.


B. J. Robinson said...

Awesome review, Kim Sounds great. Wonderful blog. Blessings, BJ Robinson

Rachel @ Unforgettable Books said...

great review! thanks for introducing me to this book.

New follower :)

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