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The Gift Giver [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hawkins
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three days AFTER my husband died unexpectedly in his sleep...he told me why. It was shocking, undeniably true, and the greatest gift he could have ever given.

Editorial Reviews


''Finally: new, deep and personal perspectives on death. In this intimate, gripping diary we discover that death is not the end, and life is always a new beginning.'' --Jerry Stocking, lecturer and author of Thinking Clearly, There are No Accidents, and 10 Minute Enlightenment

''A story about loss turns into a beautifully written affirmation of life.'' --Neale Donald Walsch, author, Conversations with God

About the Author

Jennifer Hawkins grew up in Southern California. For more than a decade, she was a competitive swimmer, earning a spot at the Olympic trials in 1988. In 1991, she moved to Texas where she became a successful realtor, investor, and author. In 2000, she met her husband Mark and soon after started a family.

Jennifer still lives in Texas with her two boys, Connor and Brannon, and the many friends that add richness to her life every day.

Product Details

  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Co.; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0JI024
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Not Put It Down! September 26, 2011
By Lisa W.
On the afternoon of September 11 this year, I had to turn off the television. I just could not deal with any more sadness. Instead I picked up a book to read. I chose "The Gift Giver" by Jennifer Hawkins. Little did I realize it was about the sudden and tragic loss of a young woman's husband. It was a very moving story and it actually helped me heal a little bit from my annual September 11 grieving. Jennifer writes about the struggle she faced in rebuilding her life with her children. I was so moved by emotion written into every page of this book and was brought to tears several times. As she learns to cope with life on her own she finds herself being led by her husband's voice from the other side. She discovers how the loss of her husband actually saved the life of another person she loves. I was so gripped by the story that I could not put this book down. I was intrigued by the author's bridge between life and death; between here and beyond. As Jennifer learns to interact with friends and family again, it is very interesting to watch how the relationships begin and progress. Her determination is real and inspiring. It truly teaches that even in death, there is a new beginning. This is a very good read and not for the faint of heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Loss & Life October 10, 2011
By Kristin
It was not just the story itself which is so emotional (although it is, incredibly so), it is the storytelling. Hawkins is an incredibly skilled writer who was able to turn the biggest heartbreak of her life into a powerful, eloquent memoir. The Gift Giver never melodramatic or gratuitous in its attempt to move you; it is its pure sincerity, honesty, and vulnerability -- and, above all, its realness -- that will touch your heart. For me, it did much more than that. It was more like it took grip of my heart and didn't let go.

It's the message that Jennifer receives from her recently deceased husband that really gets your attention. This would be a fascinating and compelling storyline if it were a novel; the fact that it is a true story makes it that much more remarkable. That message, delivered in six words, has the power to transform overwhelming grief into hope, gratitude, and optimism. It also has the power to deliver an incredible, uplifting story that will move you to tears, tears of sadness as well as joy.

What a wonderful, amazing book. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A profound way to re-frame death. March 14, 2012
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Nobody wants to be faced with a death and yet it's the one sure thing about our lives. The Gift Giver offers a perspective that soothes the survivors. Where grief may whisper in our ears about all that might have been, this story reminds us how much we don't know.
I appreciate the courage it took to write this tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Hawkins is to be admired for sharing her story! February 20, 2012
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I started reading the excerpt on line on Amamazon and it was like waiting for next weeks episode. Yes, I'm old fashioned & still like the feel of a book in my hand and chose to have the autographed copy of the book after I was so intrigued. When my book arrived, I read it cover to cover without putting it down.
I am a believer. But even if you are a skeptic, this is an excellent book on how Jennifer dealt with the loss of her husband, while raising two young sons. I have studied about death and dying since starting nursing school 34 years ago. As a RN, death is a part of my every day life, but that never makes easier or has conditioned or hardened me not feel emotions, even with the loss of patients. I appreciate the courage Jennifer has shown by choosing to share her very intimate story of love, loss, and the struggles between to find her way back to healing. Love, Love, Love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down. Fast and Good Read. December 12, 2011
"The Gift Giver" is a page-turner and I found myself caught up in Jennifer Hawkin's world and situation. It's compelling and easy to wonder what would I do in this same situation? I liked how the book was laid out and how the story was presented. Very inspiring and a must have! I'm looking forward to reading more from Jennifer Hawkins.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished reading the book! Definitely a great read and a must get. Lots of hope and personal discovery for a courageous woman as she continues life after the unfortunate demise of the love of her life.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend September 6, 2012
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The telling of this story did not flow well for me. I also found the whole idea of being able to choose to die because you know what the consequences of that choice will be, simply too far fetched to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine going to sleep one evening lying next to the person you love, excited about life and full of hope for the future. You wake up the next morning listening to the sweet sound of your child singing in his room, and then suddenly, inexplicably and without warning, you discover that your loving spouse and parent of your two precious young children has DIED in his sleep. In one sudden moment - GONE...forever. The Gift Giver is the true story of author Jennifer Hawkins and her journey through grief, despair, anger and ultimately acceptance, healing and renewal.

Shortly after the death of her husband, in her anger and pain, Jennifer screams out in her mind "Why? Why? Why?". To her surprise, comes a response from the voice of her husband Mark, shortly followed with a six word explanation as to why he has passed on. The explanation is shocking, and what follows is a series of communications, events and circumstances that can only be described as too compelling to ignore.

As with any transcendent and supernatural experience, there are bound to be a wide range of reactions from the reader. What Ms. Hawkins manages to do is share with such honesty and vulnerability that irrespective of one's beliefs - her story WILL get you thinking. I personally believe that to the extent people are in our lives, they become part of our very fabric and being - both consciously and subconsciously. To the extent that they've influenced us, they continue to live on within us. In the case of Ms. Hawkins, her husband Mark was, and in a different spectrum still is - the love of her life. The relationship and connection is powerful.

Irrespective of what you believe, the real value of this story is in the sharing of such an emotional and intimate experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This is a great read. I couldn't put it down & would highly recommend it. It will make you cry and will make you laugh.
Published 5 months ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for widow mom's
As a widow with young children this was so close to what I felt when my husband died. Good read for widows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritually aware
Before I started reading this book, I went to Amazon to see what other people thought of it. I was surprised at the variety of responses. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathleen Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars yYou definitely don't want to put this book down!
A very endearing book, makes you really think about life and how the Universe works in mysterious ways. I think this book drew me to it for a reason.
Published 13 months ago by Lisa
2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly depressing ! I would give it one star but I feel terrible...
My friend recommended "the go giver" and I thought he said the gift giver.
This is a horrifically depressing story. Read more
Published 20 months ago by BCEconMed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift Giver: A True Story
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me very interested in what was happening next and very healing to read. Many life lessons presented in a gentle way. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure What I Think
It's a quick and fun read. Sad, but inspriing too. Not sure I can say it's great though. I had high hopes for this book at first, but then her story just started to feel not... Read more
Published 23 months ago by DVSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars see below.
This book made for good reading. I found that I was unable to put it down. I read it in approx 6 hr. Read more
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More About the Author

I was raised in California for most of my childhood. I swam competitively from when I was seven until I graduated from college. During that time I competed in NCAA's, senior nationals and the Olympic Trials.

After college I moved to Texas and began my real estate career. In addition I started writing when I was 29. I wrote "Find Paradise Now - Seven Simple Steps to an Extraordinary Life" which was a synopsis of stories and lessons I took from my swimming career and used in life.

I also wrote "Liberation - Will you Survive or Thrive?" with Mike Watson. This book has quotes and anecdotes about forty different words, for example; "Kindness is a natural part of human relationships for those who understand the interdependent nature of humanity." "Risk, A person unwilling to risk all they have, is willing to risk all they can become."

The next two books I also co-authored with Mike Watson. The first is called, "The Highest and Best Real Estate Investment" and covers Mike's program for investing that teaches a buyer to change the value of a property by converting it to it's highest and best use. The second is called "How to Buy and Sell Real Estate Without Using a Bank" and discusses in detail how to use seller financing in a way that benefits the buyer and seller both.

I married my husband Mark in 2001 and we started a family in 2003. He passed away in 2009. I currently live in Texas with my two boys, family and friends who light up my life. My latest book is "The Gift Giver - A True Story" which is a true story about the year after my husband passed away and the incredible events that occurred during that time which showed me without a doubt, that everything, no matter how difficult, happens for a reason.

Thank you for visiting my page.
Light and Love,


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