on April 5, 2012 :
What would you do to change your life? That is a que for Jonathan Wheeler. He can make or break you, but it's your choice. Well written story had me laughing and crying throughout. What a nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Sep. 25, 2011 :
I received this book as part of the Member Giveaway and loved it.. This is the story of Jonathan who is a billionaire. He wants to help people out on behalf of his wife Susan who believed a lot in philantrophy. However, he does not believe in free gifts. What Jonathan does is offer people the one thing they want but in turn expects then to do something in return. If they break the deal they are expected to face severe consequences.
This is a very well-written book that makes you connect to it right from the first chapter... Way to go Daniel..
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
on Sep. 8, 2011 :
When successful businessman, Jonathan, discovers that his wife has early onset Alzheimer's disease, he decides to dedicate himself to helping others just as his wife always has. Jonathan's take on helping others is a bit different from his wife's. He doesn't believe that anything should be just simply given but rather earned because people fully appreciate gifts when they have truly earned them. The people Jonathan picks have asked for something, help with a college education, visiting a spouse's grave or even surgery for an ailing cat, but holds them to a task that they have offered in return for help. This interesting take on helping others made for a very interesting story and just goes to show that if people want something bad enough, they will do almost anything to get it. I would definitely recommend this book.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Sep. 4, 2011 :
This is a good book for just about anyone. I could have read it to my husband and kids and they would have benefited from it as well. It kept me engaged throughout the entire book. Before I began I thought it would be like so many of the other books with the theme of wealthy person helps less fortunate people. I am happy to say that from the beginning of the book all the way to the end, I could not have been more wrong. Daniel Coleman has given the story an interesting twist and it works marvelously! The story is believable and the reading is enjoyable.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Sep. 4, 2011 :
I won this book on the members give away and I loved the story. Jonathan is the main character and the story revolves around him giving gifts to people found to be wanting. As with everything in life these gifts have consequences and most of the people live up to their commitment. I found myself immersed into every character as it is so real. Jonathan's wife suffers from Alzheimers and this was well researched by the author. In the end when she passes on I was left with the box of tissues as the last few chapters come to an end. I brilliant story, with a wonderful message.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Sep. 2, 2011 :
I won this book from the Member Giveaways on Library Thing.
Within the last 10 minutes, I finished this book, and had to wipe away many tears. This was such a touching story! This is an example of how one person's life can affect so many others.
The main character, Jonathon, is a multi-millionaire who has all the money in the world, but does not have the one thing he truly desires - his wife Susan. Susan had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and as she started wasting away, Jonathon decided he would help people in Susan's name. He has a team of workers that help him locate particularly desperate people who, for one reason or another, have expressed the desire for something while giving back in return. Jonathon enters into agreements with these people giving them an awesome gift, if they, in turn keep up their end of the bargain. Some do and some don't, but the choice is ultimately thiers. This book comprises these individual's stories and whether or not they live up to their end of the bargain, resulting in either whatever they had wished for, or to have to pay the consequences. The end of the book involves the death of Susan, after years of wasting away to nothing, as Alzheimer's will surely do to a person. I was very overwhelmed at the sheer emotion the last part of the book gave me. What a lesson to be learned. I encourage everyone to read this book as it has a wonderful message!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 22, 2011 :
How many times in your life have you said, "If ___________, then I will ______" or "If ________, then I will never ___________." We all attempt to bargain especially when we are troubled. What if someone took us up on our offer and then held us to the bargain? That is the premise of "Gifts and Consequences."
The gifts are making the "If" part of the bargain work out - getting treatment for a loved one, getting healthy, getting a business deal to work out, paying for college. The consequences come in that the bargains are enforced. If you keep the bargain, the gift remains. If you don't keep the bargain, the consequences spelled out at the time of the bargain are enforced.
Jonathan Wheeler, the main character, sets out to help people in this way in honor of his wife who suffers from early-onset Alzheimers. He, however, believes that a gift that is earned is better appreciated. Hence, the consequences.
The book is a very fast read. The gifts are beautiful to watch. The consequences make you cringe. But now before I say "If.........," I will think.
*** Reviewed for LibraryThing member giveaway ***
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2011 :
Well the last chapter took me awhile to read because I used a lot of tissue. It was a good lesson did not agree with everything but made me think and care and feel,
Jonathan is almost a billionare shy a few million. When his wife got alltimers in her early 40's he sold all his property and closed down his busness at the peak. Susan asked him to always remind her that he was her husband. told Jonathan thier was so much good he could do in her name that she could not do anymore.
So Jonathan does not believe in giving anything without a return. So if he hears someone say they would walk across the US and back if thier was away to save his wife. Jonathan would give him a chance to see if he really would do it but if he agreed and quit thier would be a penalty.
Most kept thier promises and Jonathan kept his word always. He ended up with a lot of employees to help him keep track and to find those that needed help and where willing to do things to get it.
One young woman cat needed surgery and offered to volunteer at vets office in exchange for it. The vet did not take her up on it, but Jonathan did. She volunteered at Humain society for a year and now works for Jonathan. The people who kept their word got what they asked for and learned life lessons in return.
I was touched by this story in so many ways. I would read more of Daniel work. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)