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Monday, April 11, 2011

review: the final summit - a quest to find the one principle that will save humanity by Andy Andrews

One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that. - Joseph Campbell(1904-1987)

The Final Summit
David Ponder is getting older and has recently been widowed. one night, he misses his wife so badly. in his grief, he retrieves a very precious tobacco pouch which contain the Seven Decisions For Success - gifts from significant historical personages or Travelers he encountered in his previous time travel 28 years ago. these Decisions have helped him and others become successful in their respective ways. however, he feels so forlorn since his wife Ellen passed away. he no longer has the will to live. he is in for a surprise when the Archangel Gabriel appears to him once more. Gabriel informs him of an upcoming summit conference where a very important decision must be made if humanity were to survive. the heavenly council would be composed of fellow Travelers and David is to lead it. racing against time, David and his five advisers would have to move fast in finding the two-word solution that would bring about mankind's salvation. 
it is no surprise why the author Andy Andrews has been dubbed by the New York Times as “one of the most influential people in America.” he has written a riveting page-turner that features historical figures and anecdotes.  his masterful storytelling is also laced with a touch of suspense and humor. the principles he outlines are surprisingly simple, highly inspiring and very doable. i was gripped from the very first page and when i reached the inevitable last one, all i could do was smile and sigh with pleasure at having read a wonderful entertaining book.
unquestionably, this book and the author himself deserve a place next to Norman Vincent Peale, Og Mandino and Dale Carnegie to name a few.
The Final Summit is the sequel to The Traveler's Gift but can stand alone. in fact, one does not have to read the first book to truly appreciate the second one as i did. although there are Christian elements found here, there is nothing preachy about them. i will certainly be on the lookout for Andy Andrews' previous work and future ones.

*The Final Summit is available at Thomas Nelson, Amazon (Kindle, hardcover, unabridged audible audio edition), Barnes & Noble (NOOKbook, hardcover, compact disc) and Christianbook.com (hardcover, audiobook). 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of The Final Summit from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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