4 out of 4 stars
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Maximum Joy, by Bonnie and Rich Vannucci, is a fictional book about Nic and his humanitarian journey. Nic aspired to be a preacher, but his strong desire to minister to the poor, the sick, and the neglected made him choose another path. Actually, he was weary of second-hand theology and wanted to serve people in need.
One morning, while on a humanitarian mission in India, Nic was visited by an archangel. The archangel informed him that he was gifted and the Creator wanted to use him to rekindle the spirit of sharing in humankind. Thereafter, Nic became immersed in his charitable cause, and eventually, he started a global relief agency.
Though written from a Christian perspective, this book encourages helping humanity, no matter their race or religions. Having a solid plot and good pace, it’s quite interesting and inspirational. Also, it has vivid description, and it's comprehensible. Written in the third-person point of view, it consists of some interesting and amusing conversations. I appreciate the author’s simple narrative style. I enjoyed reading the book, though it reads like a young-adult novel. I guess that the authors want to get their message across in a childlike manner.
Set in the United States, India, and Kenya, this novel is a fictionalized account of the authors’ charitable experiences, especially Rich’s, over the years. It’s one of their means of spreading the spirit of sharing across the world. Consisting 235 pages, it explores the themes of love, faith, generosity, hope, and courage. Again, it tells about social sustainability and the belief in the spirit and ministry of Santa Claus.
The characters are lifelike and relatable. Most of them are quite intriguing and inspiring, particularly Mother Teresa (one of the supporting characters). The protagonist is humble and resilient. He is a man of generous spirit, and I admire that attribute. In addition, the book features the protagonist’s encounters with several celestial beings. Therefore, if you don’t like books involving angels and visions, you may want to steer clear of this one.
Altogether, I rate Maximum Joy 4 out of 4 stars. I didn’t rate it lower because it’s engaging and inspiring. It promotes charitable giving and shows how one can find hope in hopelessness. In addition, it reveals how one can actually bring more joy into their life. Moreover, it was exceptionally well edited; I didn’t see any grammar errors or typos. I recommend it to anyone who has the dream of reaching out to the needy around them.
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