The gift is a book about a man who is given one of the greatest gifts of all time, the gift of time.
The main character of the book is Lou Suffern. He is a man that is always trying to be in two places at once and he is in a constant rush to get to some other place. One day he meets Gabe. Gabe is a homeless man that has been sitting outside of Lou´s office building. Lou had never notice that Gabe had been sitting outside by the door, but so one day when Lou is on his way in to the office Gabe said something to Lou that made them talk. The things Gabe said really stuck to Lou´s mind so at the end of the day Lou gave Gabe a job in the post room in the basement. At this point Lou did not really know Gabe but he had a strange feeling about him. It almost seemed that Gabe where at two places at ones. This made everybody at the office like him because he got things done really fast and he was a really nice guy. Lou started to get annoyed at how easy everything was for Gabe and how Gabe could just pop out of nowhere right in front of Lou and start giving him some big speech on how to live his life. One day Gabe gave Lou some pills. He said that the pills would make Lou´s life much simpler because he would not have to choose between his family and his work all the time. The pills made his life easier but not so much better because like they say in The Gift “Time can’t be given. But it can be shared”. The quote means that you can not just give someone time the only thing that you can do is to give hope and to give hope is exactly what Gabe did to Lou even though Lou himself did not know it at the time. In the quote it says that time can only be shared and that means that you cannot give a person a new life if it goes tough, you cannot just give up but you can give them some hope that things will be okay.
The Gift is a really interesting story and does not go the way you may have predicted it to go in, but in the end it is an easy read romantic book that captures you into their world of what almost seems as magic.
On the second to last page in the book it has a quote that really stood out: “Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.” This quote summarise the book really well and it leaves you to think of how to live your life. Because like it says, the most precious things cannot be bought or given, it is what you do with what you have that all counts.