The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
Jason Steven’s uncle has died, which wouldn’t be remarkable except for the fact that his uncle owned huge companies and was worth lots of money. Jason goes to the reading of the will. To this person is bequeathed this obscene amount of money. To this person, the company. To this person, this thing and to that person, that thing, but Jason doesn’t get anything.
There is a catch though. Jason was the only one that his uncle considered worth anything. Jason has a chance to inherit something, but he must do what his dead uncle says for an entire year. Jason will be given various gifts throughout the year. If Jason completes everything, he gets something big.
Each month brings Jason a different challenge. He learns to put up a fence with his own two hands. He learns to be a house parent to a group of foster boys. He learns to give back to his community. At the end of the year, Jason is much more enriched as a person, but when he finds out what his uncle is actually giving him, he is astounded and highly grateful.
What I liked
This book was sweet. Not all gifts are tangible. I really liked that Jason spent a year learning how to be a better person. If we could all do that, we’d be living in a better place.
I am not the best person, but I spent three years working as a nurse aide in a nursing home while going to college. It was tough, but I learned a lot about how to treat other people, a whole lot. I think I learned it the hard way. Being a nurse aide is not easy in the least. I think once you do learn how to treat others, it’s not something you forget easily, or at least, I hope not.
A large part of our lives is how we affect other people. What can we do that will bring whatever to other people? Sometimes we lose track of that and are very much for ourselves.
I also liked that this book wasn’t really religious. There might have been something in there, but it wasn’t enough for me to notice it. It’s about being a decent human being, which you don’t necessarily need religion for, but if it helps you, by all means, go to church.
What I didn’t like
It smacked of that saccharine self-help talk you get with some books, but not enough to detract it from being a great book.
Don’t be a jerk to other people and you’ll be happier.
Do you think we lose sight of helping others?
Would you put yourself at the mercy of someone else for a year?