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The Ultimate Gift

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Jason Stephens lives a life of wealth. A life of privilege. A life that's about to take a radical turn. Jason always had a straightforward relationship with his billionaire grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He shunned him but welcomed his money. So he figured when Red died, his part of the inheritance would be a simple cash transaction that would fund his extravagant lifestyle.

Instead, for Jason to receive his inheritance, he's given an ultimatum...a series of twleve tests or "gifts" as Red calls them. If he fails at any one of them, he loses everything. If he completes them all, the ultimate gift will be his.

One of those "gifts" involves finding a friend...something Jason has never experienced before. Yet this unlikely friendship and an unexpected romance may just open his eyes to what he's been missing all along.

"You don't begin to live until you've lost everything."

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. All of the survivors in Red Stevens's family seem to be pretty despicable--greedy, materialistic, and petulant. Do you know any families like this? What do you think makes people act this way?  
  2. As you observe Red's children and grandchildren as the story begins, what opinion do you form about the kind of person Red must have been? What mistakes did he make as a parent? Why do Red's family and Mr. Hamilton view him so differently?  
  3. Jason's first gift was the gift of work. Do you think of your work as a gift? If not, how do you view it? 
  4. The second gift was the gift of friends. How would you define a true friend? What importance do you put on friendship in your life? 
  5. When Jason received his paycheck--the gift of money--he was incensed that the check was so small. Then he was asked to "spend it on someone experiencing a real problem." If you were asked to do the same with your next paycheck, what do you think you would do with it? Up until then, what had money bought him and his family? 
  6. Jason went to Thanksgiving dinner with the faint hope of being able to turn the day into something more civil than usual. His hopes were quickly dashed. Have you ever gone into a family gathering with the goal of bringing harmony out of what is usually discord? How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome? 
  7. Red said, "Learning is a gift. Even if pain is your teacher." How did this play itself out in Jason's experience in Ecuador? What did he learn--about his dad? His grandfather? Himself? 
  8. So, what was Red Stevens's ultimate gift to Jason? 
  9. If you had to choose between receiving a gift of ten billion dollars and the non-monetary gifts Jason received, which would you choose? 
  10. Read the list of twelve gifts on page 00. How many of those gifts have you received in your life? How has the value of those gifts changed in your mind since reading The Ultimate Gift?  

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The Ultimate Gift, Rene Gutteridge
  • The Ultimate Gift, Rene Gutteridge

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Jason Stephens lives a life of wealth. A life of privilege. A life that's about to take a radical turn. Jason always had a straightforward relationship with his billionaire grandfather, Howard "Red" Stevens. He shunned him but welcomed his money. So he figured when Red died, his part of the inheritance would be a simple cash transaction that would fund his extravagant lifestyle.

Instead, for Jason to receive his inheritance, he's given an ultimatum...a series of twleve tests or "gifts" as Red calls them. If he fails at any one of them, he loses everything. If he completes them all, the ultimate gift will be his.

One of those "gifts" involves finding a friend...something Jason has never experienced before. Yet this unlikely friendship and an unexpected romance may just open his eyes to what he's been missing all along.

"You don't begin to live until you've lost everything."

More Information

Length 228 Pages
Publication Date March 20, 2007
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595543406
ISBN-13 9781595543400
Height 7.8"
Width 5.9"