The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall is a lesser known book but the message in it sweeps across nations , cultures and creeds.The book is short but thought provoking and it highlights the ups and downs of life and is actually a guidebook forthe youth. It starts off rather tamely with an old man on his death bed wanting to hand over his legacy in the right hands rather than his good for nothing sons or covetous relatives. He finds a spark of the qualities he is seeking, in his nephew, Jason Stevens, who at first comes across as a spoilt brat but with the 12 awesome gifts from his uncle, he is metamorphosed from a raw uncut stone to a flawless, polished diamond.
The title page starts with-“What would you be willing to do in order to inherit one billion dollars?”
Each of the 12 gifts showcase, the true reality of our complex lives. The Gen Y take everything for granted- family,friends,love, life,knowledge, work or money. Veritably work is worship! No wonder it is said that “an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.”
This book drives home the point so well. Take a daily wage earner for example -at the end of the day he has a smile on his face and relishes every morsel of his sparse meal and enjoys a full night’s sleep on the pavement, under a canopy of stars, whereas a tycoon is probably suffering from heart burn, BP, Diabetes and insomnia in his palatial mansion.
If I had my way I would make it mandatory for every youngster at the age of 20, to take a break from his/her studies and practice all these 12 gifts. Jason, the protagonist at the end of the book says.” I am going to find a way to use every element of the Ultimate Gift and I am going to find a way to pass it on to deprived people who were like I was a year ago. I had no idea that the greatest gift anyone could be given is to give them awareness, of all the greatest gifts they already have!”
The Ultimate Gift would make a youngster into a perfect human being endowed with empathy, tolerance, confidence and dignity of labour and empower them to make the world a better place to live in for themselves and for the rest of humanity.I highly recommend this book to all youngsters who want a meaningful life.