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Monday, June 22, 2009

The King's Legacy by Jim Stovall (Book Review) and Giveaway!

Title: The King's Legacy
Author: Jim Stovall
Publisher: David C. Cook

First sentence: Once upon a time, there was an enchanted kingodm in a land far, far away.

My thoughts: This book was a very quick read. It reminded me of a fable (as the first sentence sort of reveals). It is about a King who wishes to leave a legacy so future generations will remember him and the people he ruled. His wise men are called upon to suggest what a good legacy would be. They suggest great architecture, coin with his face, or a statue in his likeness. However, the last wise man suggests he delcare a proclamation of the Wisdom of the Ages.

After much thought, the King agrees that the proclamation would be the way to go. When his wise men cannot agree as to a way to sum up what the Wisdom of the Ages should be or say, the King opens up his court to hear from his subjects. Anyone who feels they can contribute to what the Wisdom of the Ages should bbe can be heard.

A diverse group comes forward - one a day - to share their thoughts. To name a few -they ranged from a farmer, a mother, and a teacher, to a physician and a judge. Each one comes forward with their own thoughts for the King to contemplate.

This book was well written, and contains a good message, but I have never been a big fan as to this style of writing (fables/fairy tales). If this book sounds interesting to someone out there though, I would love to send it on (U.S. only please/no P.O. boxes). Just leave a comment below with your email and I will draw a winner next Tuesday, June 30.

Please watch for the First Wild Card Tour tomorrow to read the first chapter!

About the author: Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker and entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder and President of the Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible for our nation's 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families. Although originally designed for the blind and visually impaired, over 60% of NTN's nationwide audience is made up of fully-sighted people who simply enjoy the programming.

Jim Stovall hosts the Network's talk show, "NTN Showcase." His guests have included Katharine Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Carol Channing, Steve Allen, and Eddie Albert, as well as many others. The Narrative Television Network has received an Emmy Award and an International Film and Video Award among its many industry honors.

NTN has grown to include over 1,200 cable systems and broadcast stations, reaching over 35 million homes in the United States, and NTN is shown in 11 foreign countries.

Jim Stovall joined the ranks of Walt Disney, Orson Welles, and four United States presidents when he was selected as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. He has appeared on "Good Morning America" and CNN, and has been featured in Reader's Digest, TV Guide and Time magazine. He is the author of a previous book entitled You Don't Have To Be Blind To See, as well as his new book Success Secrets of Super Achievers. The President's Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as the 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year. (from Barnes and Noble website)

The King's Legacy
Publisher/Publication Date: David C. Cook, June 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6593-2
160 pages

20 comments:

LuAnn said...

I'd like to give it a try!

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Renee G said...

This sounds interesting to me.
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Dawn M. said...

Sounds like a good book. Count me in. :0)

Thanks!
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bridget3420 said...

Sounds good to me:)

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Sheila Deeth said...

I'd be interested to see what direction it takes from there.

Sheila Deeth said...

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Sue W. said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. One I would love to read. Please enter me. I did blog this giveaway at:
http://gourdcrafter.blogspot.com/

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dag888888 said...

I want to win this, thanks!
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Bridget said...

Hi there. Just posted on Win A Book.

Becca said...

This sounds great. I'd love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks
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The Giveaway Diva said...

oh wow please enter me!! =)

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The Giveaway Diva said...

i follow too!!


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Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Carlene said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Carlene
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Kitten22 said...

This looks interesting! Please enter me!

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brightwingbliss said...

I really think I'd like this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Marie said...

I'd love to give this one a try, it looks interesting!

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etirv said...

Count me in, thanks!
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My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Please count me in!

I follow and subscribe

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Jim Stovall said...

Greetings and good luck to everyone entered in the drawing to win my book.

Among the 12 books I've written, this one was a stretch for me. As a blind person myself, it's hard enough to visualize the 21st Century world and describe it to my readers. A Middle Ages setting indeed becomes a fantasy and a fable for me. I only hope that as you read the descriptions and they form as a picture in your mind, they are similar to the ones that were in my mind as I dictated The King's Legacy.

Keep reading--

Jim Stovall

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