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Life's Golden Ticket by [Burchard, Brendon]
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From Publishers Weekly

In his debut motivational novel, Burchard (The Student Leadership Guide) narrates a fantasy trip through a ghostly mountain amusement park that offers visitors a "golden ticket," or second chance at transforming their lives. The price of admission to the closed-down park, the narrator discovers, is to be open to possibility, face the truth and give up believing that change equals pain. He also must stick closely to his host, Henry, who serves as wise counselor ("let me reflect back to you what I've heard"). During the narrator's trip, he samples various amusement park rides (all with allegorical meaning) and revisits his past. Each carnie he meets is a motivational guide with spiritual wisdom to impart. The themes are familiar: risk change; forgive; take responsibility; be bold; contribute; look at the other person's point of view. [...] Burchard is a competent writer and full of earnest enthusiasm for his topic; the introduction tells of a real-life car accident a decade ago that served as a wake-up call and precipitated this fictional message. Readers dissatisfied with their lives but not wild about nonfictional self-help books may find inspiration for change here. (May)
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“Three cheers for Life’s Golden Ticket for helping us heroically step forward and claim who we are meant to be.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QUCO4E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Anderson on February 21, 2014
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This is a whimsical modern day parable, most of which takes place in a supposedly abandoned amusement park. Events of the past are dealt with, as well as plans for the future. Though it is a novel, it feels like it really happened. That's about as much as I can tell you about the book without giving too much away. I will tell you how it was received in my family. I read this book to my minor children, as they have a stepfather who is an alcoholic, and they have been hurt by his behavior. He's not in the home right now, but in a rehabilitation program. This book, I believe, helped my children to see the bigger picture of the abuser and of themselves, and the tough issues of growing up and what to do with the negative moments. I also ordered a copy of the book for my 24 year old son, who feels like he is not worthy enough for a decent job, and he is really struggling right now with his rite of passage into adulthood. I spoke with a friend of mine, an adult child of an alcoholic. I really think this will help her with her parents, too. It's just got something for everybody, because we all grew up with things that shaped us in harsh ways, and many of us are stuck in jobs we don't like. Very freeing. We read the whole book in two sittings (two days). We loved it!! Get this book and budget so you can send two copies to those you love.
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When I first started reading, I didn't realize Brendon had written a novel. I had already read Millionaire Messenger, and I wanted something more. I had intended on looking at The Charge, but came across this one first and started reading...

At first, I was confused. the story jumped right in. I suddenly had a disconnect and didn't know who I was reading about. I was pretty sure it wasn't Brendon. Once I realized it was a novel, my thought was, oh, no, this is going to suck. Why is he writing fiction? The only one thing that prevented me from not buying the book was that in just the few paragraphs I had read, I was already hooked and wanting to know, "what happens next?"

From there, I was so hooked, I read the first half of the book live on screen (I was too engrossed to even stop, go upstairs and grab my e-reader.)

So what's so great about this book?

Brendan takes you on a journey where you are intensely engrossed in following the story, yet it doesn't take long before you are weaving your own story between the lines. Along with the characters, you begin to review your past and the themes that have shaped it. You begin to see where you went wrong as well as where you went right. Better still, you are not taught lessons or insights, instead, you LIVE them through the characters of the story. You are not asked to write in your journal. You're not asked to do exercises. You're not asked to "take time to contemplate this." You simply read a story. Just reading the story, you get all you need.

Recently I had read the Afterlife of Billy Fingers. Billy talks about a life review and how you not only have access to what you experienced in your life, but also what those around you experienced as well.
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I think this a book everyone should read. Not necessarily because I think it's life changing, not because I'm promoting the author (whom I have never met and never heard of) and not because I fawn over every book of this type (i.e. The Secret - which I will probably never read). I recommend this work of fiction - it's important to remember I'm only reviewing a piece of fiction here - because it's an entertaining, creative story with a great message attached to it. I think Burchard is correct in assuming most people get caught up in their lives and pasts and selfishness and forget to live life as it should be lived. I think it's important there are people out there who will step forward and say, "Quit being so selfish. Do more for others." I know nothing of his spamming and if it's true he does so, it's a shame. I agree nothing should be promoted in this way. But again, this is a book review and in my opinion it's a wonderful read. It'll make you think and reflect upon yourself and those around you, which is an activity all of us should be doing everyday. Pick up the book. Read it. (If you're upset about the spamming pick it up at the library. Then, no guilt for purchasing the book.) I promise you'll enjoy it.
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For those who have realized that forgiveness and honest, rigorous introspection are critical for a fulfilling, meaningful life this book may not be inspiring or revelatory. However, for those who feel stuck, cheated, or resentful this book may be inspiring and revealing.

Regardless, it's an easy, pleasant read.
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First I want to say, I am not a paid reviewer, or author's acquaintance (even though I would like to meet him). I started reading this book after I finished the author's phenomenal book "The Charge" which i think is a classic and would be a great book to own and read many times by everyone. But I was disappointed with Life's Golden Ticket and feel like I have wasted my time reading it. The story has a great concept - its about a man who goes through his life being unhappy and not living the best life he could and then he ends up in a place where he is being guided through his past events and discovers the truth.. And that is what anyone reading this book can relate to easily... everyone would like to live the better life... And so I kept reading because I was curious how the main character changed after all the revelations and tests he is put through at this mysterious place where he ended up.. I was reading and reading and waiting for the changes to come, because the whole idea was for the main character TO CHANGE... and that never came demonstrated. Even though the character was being pushed by the guides to break his limits, the lessons in the book are not finalized by practical examples of "the changed person" and so the questions still hinder in the air.. what happened then? Did he become a changed man? what was the predicting woman's intent to say "he will never change"? Was that a true prediction? We all know what's best for us and we all understand what we need to do and we all know the consequences and yet, not all of us follow the promising guidelines that are in front of our eyes... It's like today we care, and tomorrow we don't, and we accept what comes out of it...Read more ›
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