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Inherited Journey: A Powerful Legacy of Courage, Love And Selfless Giving
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Inherited Journey by Lowell Teal
A Powerful Legacy of Courage, Love And Selfless Giving
2007 President's Book Awards Winner
Best Florida Young Adult Fiction


Gus is a recovering addict who left behind a life of panhandling and dumpster diving and now helps those struggling with the same addictions that once ruled his own life. Jay is the son of a Depression-era Florida farmer, a former good-times boy who learned the harsh lessons of discipline and responsibility during the Korean War.

Inherited Journey is the story of the powerful brotherly bond that develops between these two very different men, and of the lasting lies of friendship that will forever link their two families. It is also a fascinating account of joint ventures in a non-profit and selfless giving as they build a business model dedicated to helping those who cannot help themselves. From the weird and wacky challenges of a nationwide singing tour to a tense confrontation with the IRS, Gus and Jay face what life throws at them with courage, grit and good humor.

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PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Bath Pond Publishing
    (March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886939780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886939783
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bath Pond Publishing
    (March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886939802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886939806
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

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INHERITED JOURNEY BOOK REVIEW
"Inherited Journey," the sequel to "Fortunes Crossing" and "Bath Pond" continues the compelling saga of the Gregsons, a Floridian family.

In "Bath Pond," Garrett Gregson marries with only 15 dollars to his name. The novel tells the story of how he overcomes his poverty and helps others--something that gives a purpose to his life. His eldest son Billy is brain-injured in a riding accident, leading Garrett to develop a charitable foundation that helps victims of brain-injury. The foundation later goes on to address other conditions.

At the start of "Inherited Journey" Jay Gregson, Garrett’s other son, inherits control of the foundation. Born wealthy, he might have become a playboy, but an injury in the Korean War turned him around. Jay Gregson meets Gus Squires, who heads a foundation for recovering drug addicts. This fateful encounter leads to many things, among them a friendship, and the growth and greater outreach of the two charitable foundations.

Lowell Teal can tell a powerful story. The characterization is rich and more minor characters, Len, Casey and Jay and Gus’s sons play a part. When tragedy strikes, as it did in the first book of the series, there seems to be no way to overcome it. The grief in the story is as overwhelming as the happiness. Still, the basic message that the best life is a life devoted to helping others comes through. This is the life that has rewards. This message ties this book in with "Bath Pond," the original book of the series.

The story traces three generations and brings the reader from the Depression to contemporary times. As always, the fine accurate detail about charities and innovative ways they meet peoples’ needs add to making this an interesting read, as did the historical detail in "Bath Pond." It is a rich, meaningful series well worth reading to its conclusion.

- Reviewed by Linda Benninghoff for Reader Views (6/06)