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The Tree of Life

By: Justin Stumvoll
Narrated by: Justin Stumvoll
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Publisher's Summary

The Tree of Life is a cross-generational adventure that speaks to the human condition experienced by young and old alike. Its purpose is to spark conversations around authentic questions, while reminding the listener that imagination, hope, fun, and love are the foundation to a life fully lived. 

Who am I? What is my purpose? How do I find joy and wonder on the other side of tragedy? 

Through an act of providence, Oakie the acorn is buried in an apple orchard by an eccentric adventurer, Otis the wild-eyed squirrel. Oakie finds himself in an unfamiliar world, wrestling with who he is and whether or not he should stay. 

After a thrilling adventure exploring the world beyond the orchard, Oakie returns to an unexpected nemesis named Joshua, “the people”. When tragedy strikes, Oakie and Joshua must face their greatest losses and embark on the most crucial journey of their lives, changing their destiny forever. 

The Tree of Life is an allegory that chronicles the journey each of us must take to find healing from the bumps and bruises incurred through life. 

The invitation resounding from The Tree of Life is for adults to return to the joys of imaginative innocence; it’s also a promise to children that everything they need to fulfill their dreams is within them. 

The message for everyone is that we must learn how to come alive wherever we find ourselves planted. 

Woven into the chapters of The Tree of Life are influences of Brene Brown, Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and William Paul Young’s The Shack. 

If your family enjoys movies like Disney-Pixar Meet the Robinsons, Inside Out, Up, and A Bug’s Life, you’ll love The Tree of Life.

©2015 Justin Stumvoll (P)2020 Justin Stumvoll

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This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me reflect.
Justin’s writing was so beautiful, so persuasive, and so genuine. You can tell that he wrote this from deep within him, and that he invested into it.
I’m 23 years old and I cannot wait to read this book to my future family and their families. This book will be passed on for generations.

I promise it’s worth it!

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Damn you Justin Stumvoll!

This made me cry! How am I a 41 year old woman listening to a children’s story, and being so deeply touched?! I couldn’t imagine a children’s book being this long, and keeping me interested, but it did! I couldn’t have guessed some of the twists and turns, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Now I want my kids to read it! (And some more adults!)

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I feel so seen

I didn’t expect the book to have so much change in it, but it left me sobbing and feeling warm tingles going up and down my body as I listened to each individual character’s wisdom. And it also left me laughing really hard. So pleasantly surprised with this book.
Justin, well done. Thank you for making this book, the last chapter felt like I was being sat with by a father. Thank you so much.

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Tried to listen to this with our family but we just couldn't get into it.

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Soooo good!

What an amazing and well thought out book! Great for kids, teens, adults, everyone. I can’t wait to listen to it again. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you think and reflect on your own life. Thank you, Justin, for writing this book!

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A fantastic family book

We listened to it as a family and my kids couldn't wait until the next night to listen again. We all loved it and loved the humor and the deep inferences to identity. It gave us so much to discuss as a family about how God has created us and how we have to dig our roots in deep to our faith to with stand the storms and attacks of life.

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A story for young and old

Colorful and imaginative, rediscover your own sense of childlike wonder alongside Oakie and his band of exciting and eccentric companions. Justin uses simple allegories to deliver deep life truths to which we can all relate. The audiobook format really brings this story to life. Enjoyed every minute of it.

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I loved hearing the joy & love in Justin’s voice as he was telling the story. It soothed my heart at times. You could feel that he had experienced all the feelings that Oakie (main character) had and the love that he received. I loved the mix of just funny stories and the life lessons that were shared in this allegory.

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Amazing book for ALL ages

This book is a masterpiece! It engages you thoroughly but isn’t so intense that you get burnt out listening. Wonderful dialogue, extremely relatable and easy to visualize! I would have LOVED this book as a kid and I love it now as an adult. Beautiful, inspiring message that hits all those deep spots...a MUST read

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Absolutely incredible

This book is incredible. From the story to the imagery, to the use of languages outside of English. It was a work of beauty. I cried and laughed and cried again so many times and for such good reason. The truly relatable and intertwined journey or each of the characters is astonishing and just that. Relatable. An absolute must read. Thank you Justin Stumvoll for sharing your journey with us.

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Amazing! 6 out of 5 stars!

The story is really moving and relatable to our own journey as humans. An allegory about emotional maturity!

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  • 09-07-20

Astonishingly comforting, brilliant and triumphant!

Every man, woman and child should listen to this thoughtfully crafted story of hope. It will be an encouragement for all no matter what season in life. Jason does an incredible job of bringing words and emotions to life. Take your time and let each chapter breathe new hope and joy into your life.

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  • 08-24-20

Worth listening!

Loveable characters and an engaging storyline, with a deeper meaning, which inspires hope! (Also their podcast, The Connected Life, is the best I’ve ever heard, life changing!)

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  • 07-06-22

Best book for the whole family

We have read this book twice and then bought the audio to listen to; while we traveled through Europe as a family! If only Justin wrote more books. We’d gobble them all up over & over. Will keep recommending this book to everyone.

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  • 10-07-20

A masterpiece

This booked had me wowed at how many life truths and wisdom is woven into it. I was on the verge of tears in some of the chapters cause of how much it hit home for me (and then there were some parts that had me giggling as well). Thank you Justin for writing such a profound story that’s also fun and captivating. The way you brought your characters to life by giving them such unique voices was really outstanding and really helped with following along with the story. Hope you keep writing and putting the wisdom you’ve learnt over the years into books cause the world needs to hear it. Would recommend The Tree of Life 10/10.