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The Infinite Jeff: A Parable of Change

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Stanley, an out of work tech writer, is unsatisfied with the meaning in his life. Of the three places he feels should have meaning,religion,work and family,only one gives his life purpose: family. In PART 1 this starts to change. Out of desperation to support his family, he takes a contract job across the country. He can't afford to fly so he takes a cross-country journey. Everything changes.

180 pages, Paperback

First published May 30, 2012

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Will Holcomb

5 books36 followers
Will Holcomb is a software engineer, writer and playwright, among other things. His four part book The Infinite Jeff, explores questions facing both the individual and society/humanity. It takes a fascinating look at religion and human potential. He is currently editing part 4 of The Infinite Jeff, and working on a new play. His first play,Shakespeare Rocks, was written for a youth troupe as a fun way to get them interested in Shakespeare. His second play, Clinically Un-Depressed, premiered to sold out shows and standing ovations. It was the highest grossing show for Bastrop Opera House's 2017/2018 season. It explores the possibility of how lives could be transformed if we simply reacted differently to others.

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Author 5 books36 followers
September 7, 2022
One piece of advice given to authors is to write the book you want to read. I just re-read parts 1 & 2 of The Infinite Jeff (TIJ) to get ready to edit parts 3 & 4, and I found myself so caught up in the story that I was not taking notes. So I took the advice to heart and wrote the book I wanted to read. To me, it is very relevant to the transition humankind is in today. TIJ looks into many aspects of religion/spirituality, economics, work life/purpose, family relationships, human nature, etc., and through an interesting story offers some ways to look at problems in an interesting way. So, take the time to read The Infinite Jeff and take a fresh look at the world.
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1 review2 followers
March 27, 2022
I won this book as part of a goodreads book giveaway & I am so glad I did. This is one of my top 5 books I've ever read. I actually never write reviews, but this book deserves it. I want to start by saying this is not a book I would have ever picked out for myself to read. My 5th grade elementary English teacher always told me "never judge a book by its cover", but unfortunately I still find myself gravitating toward the colorful book covers with fun pictures. Visualization is afterall a part of reading books. Stories come alive before us, and we are transported into those characters... so it is only natural to find the most visually appealing book covers while shopping for books. So when i seen this book cover... I was skeptical to even read it. I know, I know. I'm horrible! 😞 But for those of you that are like me and judge books by their covers, take my advice and read this book! I could not put it down. I read it & then I turned around and read it again because I loved it so much. And I have never read the same book back to back. I've read the same books two or three times, but it's usually years apart. I loved this book. I really cannot even begin to put into words how much I loved this book! But here is a story that may help explain...Going back to my 5th grade English teacher... She is the reason I fell in love with reading. I thought I hated to read, but the reality was that I just hadn't found the right book yet. Everyone loves to read, but until they find the right book ("their book") that opens their minds, they think they hate reading. My book was the Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. I was lucky because I was ten years old when I found my love of reading. My husband is 37 and says he hates to read, but I always say "no, you just haven't found your book yet." So from time to time I will read some of the books I am reading outloud to him... he is perfectly capable of reading but he is stubborn and insists he hates reading & he never even tries. I've read him many books over the years, and while he likes some of them, I have never seen him light up or really be interested in a book. Until... The Infinite Jeff! Remember how I said I read it back to back... well the second time I read it outloud to him. He loved it & he even said he wanted to reread it himself! I think this book is his book! I actually won this book via Kindle format, but I love this book so much it deserves a spot on my bookshelf. I will be purchasing the paperback version!!! And I cannot wait to continue reading the next parts of this book. Seriously yall! READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING!!!
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February 16, 2020
I really enjoyed this book. The main character had some of the same questions I have had all my life. The author, Will Holcomb offers some insightful answers to my religious questions through an entertaining story about an unusual man that is picked up by the main character. I can't wait to read part 2.
December 23, 2019
Some may find The Infinite Jeff: Part 1 to be a well written buddy road trip book, some may feel it is a christian leaning religious tome, some may think it is a supernatural or science fiction morality tale… and in all those cases, it would be a very entertaining read worthy of one’s time. But there is more, much more to Will Holcomb’s thought provoking book.

This modern day parable was like a gentle, but powerful gut punch to my essence as I, like Stanley, am in the journey to find out just who I am and what the meaning and purpose of my life is in this realm. It is written for human beings of the 21st century in a style that speaks to the complexities of the world we currently live in clear prose, not vague metaphorical phrasing.

Those allegorical stories are wonderful for lovers of poetic language for poetic language’s sake, and others who love the challenges of figuring out just what the author is trying to say. However, in this technological age where we are bombarded 24/7 with copious information via every medium possible, most of us ‘common folk’ don’t have the time or energy to wander down a multitude of paths trying to find the message the author is attempting to convey.

While there are plenty of concepts and ideas to ponder while reading The Infinite Jeff: Part 1, Will’s writing is efficient, and the dialog between the characters flows naturally and believably, providing a brilliant framework that allows the reader to spend their precious time reading, thinking and exploring their own feelings about those concepts and ideas instead of trying to figure out what the author was trying to communicate.

This is now one of the books I keep a supply of to give to family, friends and strangers alongside The Power of Now and The Wisdom of the Enneagram.
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July 14, 2017
I immediately identified with Stanley as Part I opened with his blog. So I sat back and smugly prepared myself to join him on his journey to explore the great “cosmic fluke” of life. However, as his relationship with Jeff started evolving, I initially found myself thinking, “No he’s not going there, is he??” Just as Stanley was not prepared for Jeff, I wasn’t sure I was either. However, by the end of Part I, I found myself highlighting sentences and contemplating the possibility of Jeff’s mission, “to update an ancient message for modern people.” Although I am looking forward to Part II, I’m also glad this parable comes in “waves” because I'm going to need to catch my breath before the next one.
April 4, 2019
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but my husband had read it and said I should as well as he thought I would enjoy it. We usually have wildly differing tastes in books, but he was right! This book is a fun, quick read that also makes you stop and think deeply. It touches on religion without being preachy and gives you an interesting way in which to look at everyday happenings ("it's all part of the experience"). I just finished it, and have already ordered part two. Jeff helps you regain hope for and in humanity, and leaves you feeling like you can make a difference in how you travel through this one life we are given!
2 reviews1 follower
April 7, 2020
An easy but fascinating read. I am currently midway through Part 2.
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March 15, 2020
Really enjoyed the read. Just kept on reading after the first book - through the second and third- following the story and marveling at the insights of the author- wanting to meet him some day since he is a local author- finally got a chance to meet him in a group discussion setting which itself was awesome. I hope Will sees that meeting as a beginning and schedules more "Discussions"- I would come back for more!
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January 18, 2019
I received this entire series of books from Gavin my son-in-law as a Christmas gift and what a wonderful gift. I have always enjoyed getting books as gifts as you feel compelled to read them even though they might not be what you would have chosen for yourself. Jeff giving away books to those that needed to leazrn some aspect of each book he gave was certainly apropos. The books touched on several religious topics but appraoched them in a spiritual way that would translate into any religion. The way the story is presented makes me want to share this book with friends of mine that are atheists or agnostics as it bridges the science versus religion chasm. A wonderful book that had me underlining certain parts and makes me want to re-read several of the books that Jeff gave as gifts and read those in the reading list that I haven't discovered. A book that is perfect for me at this point of my life and has true meaning while being entertaining at the same time. I immediately jumped into Part 2 and it is equally enthralling.
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December 24, 2021
I had never even thought of writing a review of a book until I recently met Will Holcomb at his book signing and was drawn in by his title “The Infinite Jeff”. Having only read Part I so far, I immediately started thinking of small changes I could make in my everyday life that will be good for me and could possibly help someone else.

“The Infinite Jeff” is an easy to read page turner. The characters resemble people you know and are easy to identify with. It has me reflecting on my own life and thinking about what I might have done differently. I see this book as potentially life changing and I’m already seeing small adjustments in my thought processes, and looking forward to the journey!

Jeff addresses humanity and religion without getting preachy and makes you think about faith and what you’ve been taught!

I highly recommend this to anyone who is open minded enough to know they don’t know everything! I’m telling all my good friends about “The Infinite Jeff” and just gifted it to a friend for Christmas!

Thank you Will Holcomb for the new journey!
September 25, 2018
I absolutely am intrigued by this story. One of the things I like most about it is that though there are religious aspects to it, it is not heavy handed with the same things I have heard my whole life about faith. It makes you think and view life from a different perspective. Stanley is such a relatable character that I easily put myself right into his shoes and experienced his exciting story with him. This book has great humor, heartwarming moments, and just can't wait to find out what happens next suspense.
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June 2, 2019
What a beautiful adaptation of Christian philosophy from a gnostic and syncretic understanding. If you appreciate moral applications of scripture without the historical and fantastical interpretations, this book is brilliant. It is wonderful to see religion described as a tool for growth- as a means for improving your life experience and not an end in itself. This dialect bridges gaps for people divided on religion and science in an enjoyable story that reads fast and fun.
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December 20, 2021
Without feeling too heavy, this is a book that makes you think about where you are in life, and where you're going. My only complaint is that I didn't know about this book when it was first released; my life was in turmoil at that time and I could have used the fresh perspective. There are three books (currently). Part 1 ends at a satisfying point rather than an aggravating cliffhanger, but I'm glad I bought all three books at once so I don't have to wait to start Part 2.
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2 reviews
July 16, 2013
Exceptional story and truly intriguing. Anticipating the next "book" as the follow up to the first. Definitely written to pertain to a "normal" person in the current circumstances.
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Author 2 books5 followers
October 17, 2017
Awesome read! I loved how each chapter was easy to read and had lessons/parables that made you think!
5 reviews
August 5, 2022
It is easy to gravitate to the Best Sellers list when looking for something to read, but it won’t guarantee you will get to read all of the best books available today. Earlier this year, I went with a group to see a play called “Clinically Undepressed” at the Bastrop Opera House. It was a very cleverly written play acted out by some excellent local talent. We met the play’s writer in the lobby, Will Holcomb. He was promoting his book series “The Infinite Jeff” Parts 1, 2, and 3. I simply took one of the bookmarks he was passing out in the lobby of a local theater and tucked it away. The title intrigued me. I felt, sure why not give the book a try? It would be a change of pace to read something by a local (Central Texas) independent author, so I ordered the first and then the second and then the third!! The author cautions they are not stand-alone books and that you have to read them in order. Each one is about 150 pages. I just could not put any of them down. It was like reading something as good as “The Cabin”, but more practical and relatable. Simply one of the best feel-good book(s) I have read in a long time. Can’t wait for Part 4! C’mon Will. 😊 I highly recommend you check out Will Holcomb’s “The Infinite Jeff” series…remember all 3 books!
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2 reviews
March 12, 2018
What a great book! Easy to read, hard to put down but certainly pertinent to the lives of many during these days. The characters are easy to identify with and forced me to really reflect on events that have occurred in my life. Now I see, it’s all part of the experience and I am who I am because of the experiences. Looking forward to reading the next book!
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7 reviews11 followers
January 7, 2022
The infinite Jeff will leave an infinite impact! The timeless wisdom that Jeff offers it’s a must read for every age. The mystery of who Jeff yes remains until the very end and will astound you! The character of Jeff will stay with you and you will look forward to reading more adventures! Start reading today!
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110 reviews
September 16, 2017
While I enjoyed the Jeff character and the situations, the 'deeper learning' was barely incremental at the end.
2 reviews
May 18, 2021
A great read. Without giving it away, Not what I expected when the journey. Looking forward for the adventure to continue.
I highly recommend this one.
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August 10, 2021
Nice story but ends rather abruptly. I’m not super eager to grab book 2, but I will at some point.
1 review
March 11, 2018
Excellent read. I couldn’t put it down. I’m looking forward to finding out what is in store for Stanley and Jeff in the next book.
1 review1 follower
December 8, 2020
A wonderful adventure story for the spirit. I couldn’t put it down. Halfway through Part II already!
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11 reviews29 followers
May 16, 2014
Stanley is an unemployed tech writer driving cross country on his last dime in hopes of an opportunity that will put him back on his feet. He picks up a mysterious hitchhiker who forces himself to re-evaluate the nature of life and religion.

A well written, and interesting perspective on the nature of religion in the context of the reasoning mind of the modern person. It is not a religious book, per se, but is rich with philosophical inquiry about the relevance of "that old time religion" and its dogma for someone with a healthy dose of skeptical rationalism. The protagonist, a modern day doubting Thomas, begins to unravel the nature of his existence and path through life with the aide of his traveling companion, who is clearly more than meets the eye.

Looking forward to parts 2 and 3, which I hear are nearing completion. A fine first effort by Will Holcomb.

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August 17, 2013
This book was refereed to me by a friend and was pleased when the pages stated to fly by. One of the main characters was clearly a real person and some one I could relate too. Stanley and I share many of the the same personally traits (sorry Stanley) so it was easy follow. Jeff (also main character) crazy man or super hero? Who knows you decide. He has something for everyone. Stanley and Jeff's journey across the country explores the questions we ask every day about faith and love and can you take a punch. The answers may not be what your were expecting. The story line invaded my thoughts when not reading the words. Decisions are made between my ears every day and I wonder Vertical or Horizontal growth? Thanks Jeff! Read the story you will understand.
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3 reviews
February 5, 2015
The thing about this book is that many people will relate to Stanley's plight in having been laid off and getting desperate to find work to pay the bills. The adventure of his life and maybe our own is when he opens himself up to Jeff, a stranger, who rides along with Stanley on a cross-country trek to a new job. Jeff's unique perspectives on life, truth, humanity and love transform Stanley and begin to set him free from the defensive barriers he's built around himself and readers will find themselves examining their own as well. I know I did and I can't wait to read the rest of Stanley's adventures when the final parts are released, too.

This is well-crafted and thought provoking. It would be a good book club selection, too, because it will instantly start discussion.
9 reviews
August 29, 2022
So glad I got this book (the series) by the author at a play he wrote Clinically Undepressed at a local theater. This book grabbed my attention as soon as Jeff appeared and I looked forward to every time I picked it up. There are book references outlined in the book listed at the back (Thanks Will) and for the first time since reading my Bible I highlighted text and used page markers for future reference and also for my husband who plans to read it next. Just like the character Stanley in the book, it's got me thinking about questions. More importantly, I finally have an answer for what I've been doing for years which is working on my vertical growth vs horizontal growth!
1 review
August 4, 2022
The author has created an inspired ascension journey of a modern day American man named Stanley. Stanley is in the right place at the right time to begin his inword journey to enlightenment.

The Infinite Jeff: Part 1 is a gloriously painful, humorous read with mind bending experiences which carries the reader into exciting anticipation. I read this book all night, dozed off at dawn with 40 pages left to read. I couldn't begin my day until I finished it.

Including the brilliance of the story, I also adored the clarity of the author's ease of story telling ... Riveting!
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28 reviews20 followers
October 31, 2020
I always felt like there was a lot more to this world... I had this deep understanding that I was living in some sort of illusion since I was a little girl. I didn't get along with the kids at school and felt more drawn to older people and I always felt bothered by the horizontal, reptilian ways that the kids I was surrounded by were acting. This book really verifies all these deep things I have always thought about that I could never verbalize. And I think that there should be more Jeffs in this world to learn from.
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