As accountant James Smith approaches his 40th birthday, he concludes that his life is tedious, ho-hum, dull, and, well . . . mediocre. He can't image the vast ways that those around him are affected by his simple, caring acts. This tale of the extraordinary impact of ordinary lives is sure to touch your heart.
|Publisher:||Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution|
|Product dimensions:||1.00(w) x 5.50(h) x (d)|
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I absolutely love the plot of this novel. It's my kind of book, one that hints a tug at the heartstrings of humanity and sure enough it did. How could it not? I certainly felt just as run-of-the-mill as James did that it ached me to read his thoughts. They were my thoughts as well! But as I continued to read, I found comfort that there was something amazing that would happen to his seemingly ordinary life and so perhaps my mundane can turn out that way too. And so that is the appeal of this book; you and me can be remarkable! Our humdrum kindness is someone's rescue. James's outlook on turning forty years old was one of not being as accomplished as his good friend Troy but James forgot that genuine kindness goes a long way. It was natural for James to call on Troy's misguided ways, to take time to chit chat with the doorman, to sense a troubled waitress or sister, to uplift a boy, to hand his ornery elderly neighbor his newspaper every morning, to find solution to save others from being laid off, or to show chivalry. James didn't realize that his compassionate nature made an impact on people. His gentle gestures moved mountains. What an awesome message I got from this book! The way this story was told, there was no surprise to the reader of what was coming to James. I was getting the behind the scene first hand look from the people that James touched and it was truly heartwarming to read the influence that he made on their lives. This added depth to the story and made for easy turning of the pages. By book's end, my heart was full.
Counting Candles by Dustin Bradshaw 5 STARS I was not sure what to except from Counting Candles. It is a well told story. I loved the different characters and wanted to know more about them. I even shed tears with them and laughter. I want to be like James Smith who was such a good example to everyone around him. He truly made a difference. So many people have helped me in my daily life and I don't always take the time to say thanks you. It made me want to try and reach out to people more. Too smile and learn to thank those around me. We never know what good or bad we do with simple things in our lives. We are making a difference I want to be positively like James. James looked around him and thought he was wasting his life not making a difference in the world. He was about to turn 40 he saw what he was not doing. It was hard for him to see all the simple things to him that were making a big difference in his lives. In Counting Candles we see how James is making a difference in the people around him daily. By respecting others, seeing he could help someone day go better just by smiling and remembering their name. I definitely would read another book by Dustin Bradshaw in the future based on Counting Candles. It touched me, entertained me and made me grateful for all the James Smith's in my life. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of the book.
I LOVE books that make you really think about life and where you are at in it. This book does just that in such an AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL way! James Smith feels ordinary... Ordinary name~ Ordinary life~ Ordinary person~ He looks up one day just before his 40th birthday and reads the quote above his mirror: "YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE" Does he? He doesn't think so... But as the story progresses you will see how James touches multiple people each day that he is fully unaware of...for you see he is just going about his ordinary day~ ~ Told in such a way that you will start to wonder if YOU touch anyone ~ You will ponder ways you can be there for even more people and in a more conscientious way. I LOVE the 'discussion questions' at the end of the book! THIS IS A BOOK TO BE READ AND THEN TALKED ABOUT! A TERRIFIC READ! COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!