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I feel a really good story needs character growth; a great story makes you think about what is true or sometimes more true, this did just that for me. I could see Johnathan's point of view but Marcus's as well. It also made me think about how someone who has a great deal of money can wield it for their own purposes. The real plus was some of the characters were thinking about it too.
The story was about integrity as well as consequences; it was about what exactly is a gift and who is receiving the greater gift, the one who gave it, or the one who received it.
Some people like to know if there is any objectionable language in the story, I don't think there was any that was out of character, I only mind it when it is gratuitous and not how one would expect a character to talk, so I may have not really noticed a word or two.
There is mention of God and some religious references. It works with-in the framework of the story, it isn't tacked on to make a Christian genre book to pander to a Christian audience. It isn't overly sticky, cheesy or preachy, but it is there, particularly toward the end. It has it's place and keeps to it.
When it came to the end, I admit I had to walk away from it for a bit before I could finish the last few pages. It just had that kind of emotional impact for me.
I can't think of any cons right now or really glaring plot holes, but that may be because I got the book today, and couldn't stay away from reading it until it was finished.
I will be keeping it for a later re-read and I will recommend it to certain family and friends.
Jonathan himself has a personal tragedy to bear, his wife suffers from Alzheimer's and is slowly starting to forget everything about her life and his. In a moment of lucidity though, she entrusts Jonathan with the task of helping others with the fortune he's built.
Will a boy take out the most unpopular girl to a dance if he's given tickets to a concert he desperately want to go to? What will happen if he doesn't? Will a man agree to work as a grave digger for a year at a cemetery where his daughter was buried in exchange for his other daughter's college tuition? Will a man walk across the country in order that his wife receives expensive radical treatment?
Jonathan's unconventional methods at times put his gift recipients in dangerous situation, but he believes that there is a hidden strength in everyone.
Some of the stories inspire, even Jonathan, and some disappoint. But is he really bestowing gifts to these people or is he playing God with them? Are gifts truly gifts if they are tied to consequences for tasks unfulfilled, or are they merely rewards?
Definitely one worth reading.
The Bible tells us to"...act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.", but on a day to day level doing so is difficult. What a beautiful story of trying to get justice and mercy to live in harmony.
Jonathan, the hero of our story, struggles to relieve his regret of a life not well lived by honoring a promise to his wife. The author gives us, the readers, an extremely thought provoking look at the human struggle to be more...what are we really willing to give.
During the marathon reading of this book, I couldn't walk away, I was forced to take a long hard look at myself and ask some hard questions. Am I really willing to be healed, do I have that kind of faith? I also questioned the motives behind my charity. Am I really a lover of mercy or am I secretly judgmental, trying to impose my own form of justice?
This is a don't miss read. You will never regret the time you will spend with Gifts and Consequences.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started reading and couldn't put it down. It was quick paced and full of suspense.Published 17 months ago by 7709
This author captured my heart. It has often been a dream that if I possessed enough wealth, I would use it to change people’s lives. Read morePublished 17 months ago by EllaNoel
Gifts and consequences by Daniel Coleman
Jonathan Wheeler’s wife has been suffering with early onset Alzheimer’s and when she was first diagnosed she... Read more
This is a fantastic story about a man who is on a mission to change to world. His methods are a little off but teach you about your own character. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lauren Alumbaugh
If I were to rate this book solely on the novelty of the plot I would have given this book a 5. If I merited a book only on the fact that my feelings about the main protagonist are... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wanda
With billions of pounds/dollars at your disposal and a brief to help individuals, giving them a helping hand in life, how would you go about fulfilling your commitment? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tribalchick
This is a great book by a very talented writer.
The writer deals with early onset Alzheimer's in a thoughtful and very sensitive fashion and uses this tragedy as the... Read more
This is a well-written book and will likely find many readers who enjoy it. I'm just not one of them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jeffrey Daniels
I started this book not expecting it to be very good. But I found myself drawn into the individual stories. Some wee better than other, but overall a good read.Published on August 29, 2014 by mtngirlwy
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