Andy Andrews is one of my favorite authors. I was privileged to hear him speak at a Women of Faith conference, and I reviewed his beautiful book, The Heart Mender , on this blog, as well as his children’s book, The Boy Who Changed the World . So, I was very excited to hear that Andrews has a new book out called The Final Summit . This novel is actually a second adventure for the main character, David Ponder, who was first introduced in Andrews’ New York Times bestselling book, The Traveler’s Gift . It’s not necessary to read The Traveler’s Gift to enjoy or understand The Final Summit, but I did so anyway because I love to see the “big picture.”
For those of you who haven’t read The Traveler’s Gift (and I hope you will), here’s a quick recap: David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live. When he is supernaturally selected to travel through time, he visits historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, King Solomon, and Anne Frank. Each visit yields a Decision for Success that will one day impact the entire world. These 7 decisions can lead ordinary people to achieve extraordinary success!
In The Final Summit, we meet David Ponder again, only this time he is growing old and recently widowed. He has achieved great success in his life, thanks to the 7 Decisions for Success he learned in The Traveler’s Gift, but he no longer sees the point of living after losing his soul mate and seeing how humanity seems to have lost its moral compass. But, to David’s surprise, God has another mission for him. This time, he is to lead a very important heavenly council made up of the most influential people from history. He met some of them in The Traveler’s Gift, but others are new to him, such as Winston Churchill and George Washington Carver. Together, they must come up with a two-word action plan to help get humanity back on track. It’s a huge responsibility. Can David handle it?
I love that both The Traveler’s Gift and The Final Summit are “self-help in a story.” The principles presented in these books will inspire you to lead a more meaningful and purpose-filled life. And yet these ideas are presented in a very entertaining manner through the words and actions of great leaders who have come before us. It’s a motivational history lesson that will stay in your psyche long after you’ve put down these books. In reading them, you’ll understand why the New York Times has called Andy Andrews “one of the most influential people in America.”
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.