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Life's Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel Hardcover – May 8, 2007
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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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“This is a powerful parable of loss, love and redemption that will stir the souls of its readers. Burchard has crafted something eternal here.” (Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series and The Success Principles)
“Three cheers for Life’s Golden Ticket for helping us heroically step forward and claim who we are meant to be.” (James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy)