Maximum Joy

A Novel

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“Each of us has a great capacity for joy, and the act of sharing never fails to tap this inner wellspring. I highly recommend this touching story because it reminds us of this simple truth, which is too often forgotten. Maximum Joy especially points us to the joy of sharing with others in need.” —Donna D’Ingillo, founder of the Institute for Christ Consciousness; author of Teach Us to Love
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Book Details

Pages

236 Pages

Size

5.5 x 7.5

Format

Trade Paperback

Pub. Date

11/15/2019

ISBN

978-1-57983-059-5

Publisher

Origin Press

Authors

  • Author Bonnie Vannucci

    Bonnie and Rich Vannucci are the real-life Nick and Sara Perugino. They are the founders and operators of Operation Serving Children (OSCrelief.org), which delivers aid to children around the world. Maximum Joy is the fictionalized story of Nick’s life and their marriage that is based on their experiences with charitable work ranging over decades. The novel is based on Rich’s original 2008 screenplay that caught the attention of one of Hollywood's leading production companies, DreamWorks. Legendary producer David Geffen of DreamWorks offered three times to purchase the movie rights to the script, but in the end the deal did not come to completion. This novel was written at Geffen’s suggestion.

  • Author Rich Vannucci

Nic Perugino always believed he was destined to become a real-life Santa Claus. The first time he donned a Santa suit and set out to deliver toys to needy children, he realizes that much more is needed than simply giving out a few gifts at Christmas. As a young man, he commits to becoming a modern-day Santa Claus who delivers food and medicine to the least fortunate. Nic begins to travel the world; he ministers to leper children in India, works with Mother Teresa, and delivers life-saving supplies to Africa. Along the way he meets the love of his life, Sara, who shares his unique mission. To support his service to the world, Nic is graced by dazzling visitations. These include appearances by the spirit of Saint Nicholas, who is Nic’s hero—the original Santa. Along the way, St. Nick and a special corps of angels intervene many times to help Nic grasp the ongoing global crisis of inequality and poverty. They teach him all about the evolution of the universe and the love of the Creator, and explain the true purpose of sharing that love. They explain to Nic why a sustainable world requires that everyone practice the spirit of sharing—which, after all, was originally pioneered by Saint Nicholas and is now symbolized by Santa Claus.

Nic continues to pursue his ultimate goal of leading people everywhere to realize that we can transform the human condition through sharing our resources wisely. As Nic and Sara raise their family, they continue to spread the spirit of sharing, developing a global child relief agency. And yet, while it is true that Nic is the hero of Maximum Joy, he’s also his own chief obstacle. Eventually Nic hits a wall as his family runs out of money. He doubts what suddenly seems like a crazy ambition to become Santa Claus, and begins to falter in his faith in the mission—until an unexpected supernatural gift turns it all around in a culmination that will thrill and inspire readers of every age.

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“Each of us has a great capacity for joy, and the act of sharing never fails to tap this inner wellspring. I highly recommend this touching story because it reminds us of this simple truth, which is too often forgotten. Maximum Joy especially points us to the joy of sharing with others in need.” —Donna D’Ingillo, founder of the Institute for Christ Consciousness; author of Teach Us to Love
Donna D'Ingillo
"A heartwarming story of the adventure of awakening to one's spiritual destiny. It is touching yet quite profound and insightful." - Honorable Martin Risacher (Ret.)
Honorable Martin Risacher (Ret.)
"An inspirational tale of hope and resilience, with the background of a sweet love story." - Julie Simons, LCSW
Julie Simons, LCSW

"What a joy to read this well-written, engaging, and inspiring story of one man’s experiences and lessons as he follows his heart to help destitute children. Page after page, thanks to the storytelling ability of the authors, I felt right there with Nic, experiencing what was happening [as he worked] with poverty-stricken communities. Woven into all the various descriptions were pieces of truth, beauty, and goodness that shine through the story, making me feel happy to know that these qualities exist for people living in such dire situations. The overarching truth that we are all children of the Creator and need to learn to live in harmony, along with the many other insights found here, make one want to cherish and share this book widely, because clues for solving the problems in our world lie within the covers of this book." —Allene Vick

Allene Vick