Scott Jameson Sanders

Acclaim

 
Set in the early 1980s, The Point of Life is the story of a young man from a small town in Kansas named Endicott “Endy” Mason. After being raised in a small farming community, a teenage Endy moves with his family to the big city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Feeling insecure about his upbringing, Endy develops goals for his life that include rising high in the corporate ranks and making a lot of money.
 

In “The Point of Life” by Scott Jameson Sanders, readers are invited into a story that connects elements of family, love, faith, and personal growth—following the life of Endy Mason, whose experiences shape his views on what truly matters in life.

The first part takes us through his early days in Carmel High School, where he faces the challenges of adolescence and forms lasting friendships. As Endy matures, he encounters the unexpected as his college years bring new friends, both Black and White, who challenge his perceptions of race and privilege. This stage of his life lays the foundation for his future as he learns to recognize the true essence of individuals beyond the color of their skin. How will these early experiences shape Endy’s future decisions as he navigates adulthood?

Now in the world of business, he saw firsthand the cutthroat nature of corporate mergers and acquisitions. This environment led him to question the true purpose of success and wealth. The point of life as I have learned is this: to make enough money to survive until you die. 

Then readers are introduced to the complexities of Endy’s marriage, his bond with his adopted children DJ and Julia, and his exploration of faith and religion. His failures in love are a vehicle for exploring the pursuit of happiness… nevertheless, he evolves from a young and uncertain teenager to a mature adult who understands that true fulfillment is found not just in romance but in the relationships that enrich and define our lives. What else has guided Endy toward discovering the deeper meaning and purpose of his life?

Through losses and triumphs, Endy begins to define his own version of a fulfilling life—one that prioritizes love, integrity, and genuine connections. My perspectives on life had changed so much over the years. Yes, money is important for all the reasons we all know too well. We have responsibility for taking care of those around us.

Sanders crafts an emotional depth in this book—allowing readers to connect with the characters’ feelings and fostering a sense of intimacy as if the writer confides in the reader. Through the characters’ interactions, he offers subtle social commentary on topics like race relations and corporate culture—prompting readers to consider larger societal issues while remaining integrated within the context of the characters’ lives. Sanders also strikes a harmonious balance between heartwarming moments and lighthearted humor… ensuring that the lines never become overly heavy or excessively serious and making it enjoyable for readers across various backgrounds.

As the pages unfold, “The Point of Life” invites readers to reflect on their own lives, relationships, and aspirations. This novel is an earnest inquiry into what holds significance in the larger scope of human existence.

– The Moving Words Review

The Box Salesman

Reviews:

A good read. I truly enjoyed this well-written book told in first person by the lead character of the book. The protagonist was a flawed but very real and likable man. The kind of guy you would have wanted to grab a drink…or three with on a regular basis. If this wasn’t a true story, it was a accumulation of true stories. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Woody

Great Read! What a great book! Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Scott cleverly uses classic pop/rock songs as chapter titles. Should be made into a movie! Can’t wait for his next book.
Andy Atkins

A good read! This book is well written and really kept my attention. The interjection of song lyrics was an interesting touch. A good, short read!!
James A. Goldsmith

Fun read! Reminded me of some of my earlier career and dating struggles!
Martha

When I first read the title for this book, “The Box Salesman,” I was led into thinking it would be another of those formulaic manuals for entrepreneurial success, with a sobbing story in the beginning and tales of self-promotion that reach into absurdity. And oh, how was I pleased to see that I was completely wrong!

The push of adult responsibilities sets him in Western Stone, a company that sells paper. His boss, the fiery and foul-mouthed Mr. McDermott, deal him all the cards Evan never knew he would ever need, both good and bad, and the salesman sets off in his journey of self-discovery through confusing relationships, alcohol, and law troubles, culminating into being face-to-face with tragedy. And just as for most of us, he ends up finding his way through it all.

“The Box Salesman,” by author Scott Jameson Sanders (who also penned the House of Remember When), is a simple story about a young college graduate, Evan Billings, in his endeavors as he starts his adult life smack dab in the bustling and alluring New York City of the 1980s as a salesman.

And like any other young man, he has a moving passion, a dream to fulfill in songwriting. And just as many other young men, he gets his dreams shunned and constantly crushed by his somewhat narcissistic parents. That made Evan’s tale much more relatable to me, as I have been there too.

Sanders develops the story in a very easy-to-read yet masterful way. Since it is a tale narrated in the first person by Evan himself, we get to see the weird new world he is in through his inexperienced eyes, which bonds us to his feelings through natural rapport. While the story is lengthier than some books, it is also thoroughly enjoyable because it doesn’t drag on endless descriptions or inner trains of thought that don’t add to the story or its characters. After all, if we see New York through Evan’s mind, the New York minute has to rule the pace of the storytelling technique – but never faltering in delivering all the details we need. It is a charming and skillful way to pull us further and further into reading more. And when we least expect, the story has run its course, and we are left fully satisfied.

I can highly recommend “The Box Salesman” for readers of all ages. However, I’m sure it will strike harder for those who are 20 and older because no matter what generation the reader is from, the human struggle of facing adult life that Evan goes through is timeless and common to all.

The Moving Words Review

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