Monday, February 07, 2011

Book Review: The Collectibles, by James J. Kaufman

From all appearances, Joe Hart’s life would seem to be a tragedy. Early in life, he loses his parents, the loving aunt and uncle who raised him, and then his beloved wife and unborn child. And then it’s Joe’s turn. Diagnosed with incurable cancer, it seems likely that Joe’s life will also soon be gone and forgotten.

But, like George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Joe has touched a lot of people. In fact, he’s radically changed the course of many lives for the better. There’s Missy, for instance, a Vegas waitress and wanna-be showgirl who’s running from an abusive husband. And there’s Johnny, a mentally challenged man washing dishes in a restaurant. Diagnosed as bipolar, Harry is another “collectible” in Joe’s life -- as Joe’s late wife Marcia called the downtrodden people Joe never failed to lift up.

And then there’s Preston. Just as George Bailey saved his little brother Harry from falling through the ice, Joe saves young Preston from a dangerous fall, as well. Many years later, Preston comes knocking on Joe’s door for help, having no idea that Joe is the same person who saved him as a child. Now an accomplished lawyer, Joe rescues Preston once again -- this time from bankruptcy and a crumbling marriage -- but not before teaching Preston some very valuable lessons about living a life with meaning.

The Collectibles is the story of a man who makes a difference. But Joe’s acts of kindness aren’t random acts; they are intentional. Through his own experiences and choices, Joe becomes a great teacher. He dramatically alters the lives of those around him, and his story just may transform your life, too. If you’re looking for an inspirational, heart-wrenching novel, look no further than The Collectibles, by James J. Kaufman.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the links in this post.

1 comment:

  1. On my TBR list! I loved It's a Wonderful Life. This sounds great! Thanks for highlighting this book!!!!


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