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Life's Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel Hardcover – May 8, 2007
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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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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Regardless, it's an easy, pleasant read.
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This book has been in my library since May of 2016, there is sat unopened and lonely until a good friend told me she loved it and encouraged me to read it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by C. Storing
Wonderful book. I listed to the Audible version and read the hard copy. I immediately shared it with two of my closest friends. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kelley A sexton
I ordered my book when Brendon was doing his 10th year anniversary for it last year (2016). The book got lost and to be honest I had forgotten about it but after dealing with loss... Read morePublished 4 days ago by P. Sanchez
This book came into my hands when I really needed to reevaluate some things in my life. What a treasure ..... Many valuable lessons on love, life, and loss. Ty BrendonPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
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