Jim Stovall, bestselling author of The Ultimate Gift that 20th Century Fox made into a major motion picture, continues the Ultimate series in The Gift of a Legacy, an inspirational account of personal responsibility, life lessons and legacies.
This story, like others in the series, is told in the voice of attorney and friend, Theodore J. Hamilton. Sallie May Anderson, fondly known as “Miss Sally” is Hamilton’s client and executor of her will. Jason Stevens, Red Stevens grandson, once in need of mentoring, in this story, mentors a young man like he once was. Then there’s Hawthorne, Miss Sally’s devoted “chauffeur, traveling companion or assistant,” whatever she needed. He had devoted sixty years of his life to the care of Miss Sally and Anderson House.
The story opens as Hawthorne escorts Miss Sally into Hamilton’s legal offices. Once they had brought one another up to date Miss Sally gave the attorney her full attention and said, “Theodore, I need to make arrangements for the next phase of my life…which includes Anderson House and my great grand-son Joey.”
Over the years, Miss Sally managed hundreds of acres of land and turned the 150-year-old ornate mansion into “…an extremely profitable and growing business enterprise,” a pristine bed and breakfast known as “Anderson House.” Hawthorn assisted her, while Oscar, another lifelong staff member took care of the elegant mansions needs. Claudia, world-famous chef, baker and gardener prepared custom cuisines for their world-renowned guests who were also Miss Sally’s friends.
Although Hamilton quickly agreed to help the attorney had never met Joey and had no idea of what was being asked of him until the day they met at the reading of the will and Joey said, “Just tell me how I can get my money and get out of here.”
Thus begins an inspirational tale about a “selfish little rich boy,” who only focused on fun, games and entertainment, a young man who brought his motorcycle to a disrespectful squealing halt in the midst of his great-grandmother’s eulogy.
Would Joey agree to the challenge of living at Anderson House and the performance of twelve challenging steps? Was he too selfish and self-centered to learn challenging life changing lessons about work, values, money, family and more?
Learn along with Joey the impact of what he’s asked to do, the choices he makes and how everyone has the choice of what type of legacy they leave behind. It’s not about money, although in Joey’s case that’s the “carrot” that leads to acceptance or rejection of twelve daunting challenges. The book is a quick, feel good read and would be excellent to share with children, family and loved ones.
The Gift of Legacy, by Jim Stovall, David C. Cook, 2013, 208 Pages, Hardcover, 978-1434705778, $14.99 the Gift of a Legacy
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