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Can You Answer the Question?
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The Final Summit - Not Quite the Finale
posted by Vishaal on November 19, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2012
Posted January 5, 2012
Book Review : The Final Summit
If you've read "The Traveler's Gift" you won't want to miss this one! Andy Andrews is a great author and I've really enjoying reading his books. This one was an easy read, great story and I couldn't put it down! I always love reading a book that makes it hard to want to do anything else and leaves you caught up in the story! I will say that my favorite Andy Andrews book is still "The Noticer" but I did enjoy this one as well. If you've got some spare time and love a good read, then pick this one up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2011
If you enjoyed The Traveler¿s Gift, you will not want to miss the book¿s sequel ¿ The Final Summit. With the fate of humanity resting on the shoulders of one man ¿ David Ponder must discover the one principle that can save all mankind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Much like its predecessor, Andy Andrew¿s writing is quickly paced and poignant. All the beloved characters are here and will be joining in as you cheer on David Ponder in his quest for the one thing you can do when you just don¿t know what to do¿
With the help of hundreds of his fellow Travelers, from Winston Churchill to George Washington Carver to Joan of Arc, he must work to discover the one solution that will save humanity. Time is running out, and the final summit of Travelers must work quickly to avoid dire consequences.
Posted October 9, 2011
Highly recommended but read The Traveler's Gift first
Excellent book. I love the insight into the lives of the historical characters in Andy's books. There are always lessons to learn as well as principles to follow in his books. The research he does on the historical characters must be extraordinary to come up with some of the details he brings to light in his stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2011
The Final Summit
The Final Summit is not exactly an easy book for me to review. There's a lot of things being brought up in this book-mainly the existence of angel and time traveling. It's a wonderful read, don't get me wrong, but the pace is a tad too fast for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Nevertheless, this book is very enjoyable. I managed to get a grasps of this story after a while, and I love the concept of this book. It is highly original and very thought provoking.
A lovely read if you're not a skeptic. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Thomas Nelson publisher. I was not required to write a positive review for it.
Posted September 9, 2011
Posted July 13, 2011
The Final Summit Elicits A Personal Quest
A follow-up novel to The Traveler's Gift, The Final Summit is a fictitious read of an everyday man, David Ponder, paired up with the greatest minds and leaders of the past. Their quest, to find the one thing that will save humanity. The sands of the hourglass flow freely, marking the time remaining. The answer is two little words...two words that mean the difference between humanity lost or saved.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Great men and women, ranging from Joan of Arc to Abraham Lincoln, are enlisted to help David Ponder in the quest for the answer to save humanity. Each of their tales or insights into their characters elicits possible answers to their quest. It was interesting to see how wisdom and character worked together to try to accomplish the task put forth by the archangel Gabriel. As you read, you will come to ponder your own life, your goals, and priorities. This book could have a powerful influence over your future choices, if you but learn from the minds of the past.
Posted June 16, 2011
Love Andy Andrews!
This was my third Andy Andrews book to read so I knew I was in for a great lesson. I didn't realize, however, that it was a kind of sequel to The Traveler's Gift. Our friend from that book, David Ponder is back, a few years later, after the loss and regaining of all of his money and also following the death of his wife. He has been selected, as the only "normal" traveler, to lead a summit comprised of each and every traveler to determine what humanity needs to do to get itself on track. If they don't come up with an answer, it is the end of the world as we know it. Talk about pressure!! I honestly could not put this book down! The book was not only entertaining but through the discussions among the characters, several all important life lessons were conveyed. Andy Andrews has a knack for weaving these lessons into a story without seeming too "preachy" or "self help-y". I also really loved the travelers that were present in the book, especially the ones that we hadn't met in The Traveler's Gift. Of course, I was super excited to see that Bear Bryant had made the cut as a Traveler! Over all, this is a very quick and easy read that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. We all can use a little moral straightening out every now and then, and Andy Andrews has found the perfect balance between story telling and lecturing to do so.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2011
I received a copy of THE FINAL SUMMIT by Andy Andrews from Thomas Nelson. The story is about David Ponder, a Traveler. In a nutshell, that means he is able to travel through time with help from the Archangel Gabriel. There are other books in the series that explain this more, and after reading this one, I cannot wait to get my hands on them. This book was a fast read - I literally could not put it down until I was done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Archangel Gabriel takes David to a meeting of Travelers. Gabriel tells them that time is running out for humankind and they must decide how to, essentially, save the world. However, they only have five guesses to figure it out. Among the other Travelers are Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart, Eric Erickson, King David, and Benjamin Franklin. Andy Andrews uses the real views of these historical figures to paint their arguments as they reach an answer.
Despite the fact that this book is mainly about a meeting, the dialogue is rich and the historical content is fantastic. I was hooked from the first chapter. The cover is also very intriguing - it shows a feather and three pennies, with a different texture than the rest of the print. This is the perfect read for anyone who loves history and religion.
Posted May 27, 2011
The Final Summit
'The Final Summit', by Andy Andrews takes up from where 'The Traveler's Gift' had left off. Many years have passed since David Ponder discovered the Seven Decisions during a divine journey through time. Now 74 years old, Ponder has lost the one thing that mattered to him most: his wife, Ellen. Despite his personal and professional success, he now sits alone at the top of his 55-story high-rise contemplating the unthinkable, just as he did 28 years ago.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
However, just as things are looking their darkest, Ponder is informed through divine channels that he is needed now more than ever. Together, with the help of hundreds of his fellow Travelers, from Winston Churchill to George Washington Carver to Joan of Arc, he must work to discover the one solution that will save humanity. Time is running out, and the final summit of Travelers must work quickly to avoid dire consequences.
The Final Summit explores the historically proven principles that have guided our greatest leaders for centuries, and how we might restore these principles in our own lives...before it's too late.
Posted May 26, 2011
The Final Summit
'The Final Summit' by Andy Andrews is a sequel to 'The Traveler's Gift', by the same author. The protagonist of the plot is a 74 Year old named David Ponder. This story starts with his wife dying and the old man is heartbroken. Enter the Archangle Gabriel who presents him with a question in dire need of a solution, "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?". With the help of the other Travelers at a special summit, including Winston Churchill, George Washington Carver and Joan Of Arc, David Ponder works under the time constraints of a special hourglass to find the answer the whole world is depending on him to discover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I feel this book does not have the same grip as other Andy Andrews books and I feel it loses the plot somewhat in the end. The end could have been better constructed. However, it is an interesting read for all ages.
Posted May 10, 2011
A Spectacular Read!
The Final Summit By: Andy Andrews David Ponder has lost the most important thing to him in his life, his wife, Ellen. A very successful man he sits alone successful but depressed. Discovering the Seven Decisions many years prior, David Ponder is now called upon again in the hopes of saving mankind from the end as we know it. Hoping to find an answer as to why humankind is hurtling towards its own destruction David must find an answer. As a Traveler, David gets the help of five other previous travelers including: Winston Churchill, Eric Erikson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Joan of Arc, and King David. Together they only get five chances to discover a two word answer to save the world's end. The question seems simple: "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?" Join David and his team of fellow travelers on their journey to restore civilization as we know it. My Thoughts: I had to wonder if I would be able to actually get into this book, and if it would hold my attention. I have to say that I was not disappointed. I couldn't put it down. It was intriguing, inspiring, and very informative. I learned about some of the past greats that I wouldn't ordinarily have thought to look up. It also made me question myself as well as the world. It really opened my eyes to many things that I hadn't even really thought about. Especially when it comes to faith. I would definitely recommend this book. There is also a great questionnaire in the back of the book that really helps you learn more about yourself and civilization in general. All in all a good read, and I definitely enjoyed it. Also I would like to add that this is the sequel to the book The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews. DISCLAIMER: I was provided this book for free through Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. Opinions expressed are mine alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2011
The Final Summit
Andy Andrews created a very famous character David Ponder in his earlier book 'The Traveller's Gift'. Now we have the same David Ponder coming back, in yet another thriller, novel, self-help, motivational book (whichever way you want to call it) titled "The Final Summit".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this wonderful story, David ponder time travels(?) and meets some of the very famous characters in the history, works with them to save a personal gain, or a common gain for all of us, depending on the way you want look at it. Andy Andrews' style of story telling grips you from page 1 and slowly adds and removes interesting knots in a way that makes this an unputdownable, yet useful work.
I liked Andy's earlier books "The Butterfly Effect" and its young audience version "The Boy Who Changed The World". Compared to those, this story is much more detailed and appeals to wider audience. Andy uses some well known characters and few new ones to establish some simple, yet powerful principles that can shape our lives.
This 200+ pages book can be read in a day or two, depending on your reading speed. But it will be much more effective if we take some time to think about the concepts and digest them, apply them. Would be great if Thomas Nelson also brings a condensed / illustrated young audience version of this story!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted May 3, 2011
The Final Summit: It was a great read, at the beginning I had the feeling that I was almost reading an Og Mandano story and found it neat that Og was mentioned as being at the "summit" later on in the story. The background of the life of David Ponder is laid out first, but not in a way that would be boring to anyone who has read the other books. Many life lessons are presented in a "you are capable of doing this too" story manner right from the lives of famous and not-so-famous people who have lived in the past. Imagine a Heavenly gathering of some of the greatest minds of all time. Several are seated at the conference table for the final summit meeting while hundreds of others are observing and listening. Mankind is in a terrible state, much like our world today. What can we do to get our people back on track to living the lives we are called to live? How can we change the course of this destructive path that we are headed down? Those at the final summit have been charged with finding the answer to saving mankind. The answer consists of only two words! Andy tells us another fascinating story, weaving in many famous heroes from the past. I couldn't put this book down! There are so many lessons that we can learn from this story and it is so applicable to many of the problems that we face today. If everyone could read this book and apply the words to their lives, I believe we could make a difference in our world!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2011
Enlightening and Educational!
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews, is about widower David Ponder, a time traveler, who is charged with saving the humanity by coming up with an solution and/or answer that will stop the downward spiral and ultimate demise of mankind, resetting the moral equilibrium and returning it back to a place of happy prosperous living and a successful civilization. I was concerned that I did not read The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews prior to reading The Final Summit, but trust me it is not necessary, although that is my next read. I am now a fan, especially since I am also a fan of Historical Fiction! Mr. Andrews captures history very well, dishing out a lesson with each line. I learned quite a bit about historical figures over time. The book was a real page turner and I could hardly put the book down! I love the incorporation of religious aspects such as, the archangel Gabriel being commanded to give humanity five chances to come up with the answer to putting humanity back on track for civility. I will not say anything further because I don't want spoil the book! This book is truly educational, uplifting, eye-opening, and most of all inspiring! Thank you Book Sneeze for the free copy that I downloaded to my Kindle!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2011
So Simple, So True
As a somewhat new reader of Andry Andrews work, I was cautiously optimistic when I saw The Final Summit become availablethrough Book Sneeze. After witnessing Mr. Andrews speak at a convention, I was instantly drawn to his no fuss straight to point style. In The Final Summit, Andrews brings back a character from a prior book; David Ponder. While I was familiar with the character, I have not read the book. Fortunately, the opening chapter of the book gave a very good synopsis for the reader bringing us up to speed as to David Ponder's previous adventures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Andrews has a very simple writing technique which I can appreciate and I believe others will as well. Often times in the personal development and motivational psychology arena which I consider Andrews to fall into, the authors can become very esoteric leaving the reader at a loss for true take away. Andrews on the other hand, goes straight to the point.
As is typical in many of Andrews books, you will find yourself being introduced to many historical facts and figures in a way that is very palatable and quite enjoyable. To the extent, you may find yourself being drawn to a particular character from The Final Summit and seeking out further research and insights. I know that I have my eye on a few.
As to the content of the information. The process of getting through the book is a bit redundant. I believe that overall, the information could easily have been condensed into a much shorter version. As David Ponder works through the mystery of how to save humanity, each chapter is quite similar. However, I did find the chapter on self discipline to be one of the best summaries and explanations of the necessity for self discipline. Quite impressive to be honest.
You will find yourself racing through The Final Summit in a quest to determine the ultimate outcome of humanity. Don't be surprised if you find yourself second guessing and ascertaining your own ideas for how David Ponder and the cast of historical characters will ultimately save humanity. Great read, and highly recommended.
Posted April 15, 2011
Great Romp through history
David Ponder from The Traveler's Gift returns. He's 74-year-old wealthy man, built and lost fortunes, widower who loved his late wife; created loyalty by advising and rewarding on the way up. The story begins with the results of his success: a 55-story office building with park-like atrium, security, penthouse with all conveniences and the people who care about him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story quickly shifts to Ponder, and those of us who did not yet read The Traveler's Gift are caught up by the revelation of the Seven Decisions for Success. From Gabriel's advice to King Solomon to Anne Frank, to Presidents Lincoln and Truman, to Governor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Christopher Columbus: sentiments of lifestyle choices come together in a great work reminiscent of great epics.
Andrews' works always have a punch. Reminiscent of CS Lewis, Plato, Shakespeare and Gene Roddenberry, Andy Andrews' latest tale sets in motion the quest for the redemption of humanity.
The archangel Gabriel arrives in the moment of David's deepest despair to conduct him to a supernatural summit of travelers. God is not pleased, again, and is deciding whether or not to start over. "Humanity is sinking of its own accord," Gabriel says. As the auditorium fills, Ponder and his sidekick Winston Churchill, along with the others, learn the question: "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?"
They have five chances to get it right; Gabriel is the arbiter, who says the answer is two words; Ponder can summon five pre-selected advisers. In order, they appear and discuss possible answers.
Joan of Arc: "Everything we do while we are alive-everything we say is important. And though sometimes difficult, death is part of living." Restore Hope
Abraham Lincoln: "I believe that wisdom, when harnessed over time, leads ordinary people in incredible directions." Seek Wisdom
Eric Erickson of WWII-era spy fame: "It is at that moment [when we need courage] when we take risks that are unimaginable in any other context." Show Courage
King David: "If we do not discipline ourselves, the world will be allowed to do it for us." Exhibit Self-Discipline
George Washington Carver, who changed the world. Building Character
Even though Gabriel has denied them five times, the group decides to fight on, even when everything looks hopeless.they discover that time ebbs and flows through the hourglass timepiece Gabriel has left them, and they work together to come up with the answer that pleases Gabriel.
I admire, as always, Andrews' research, his ability to pull up from the dustiest corners the slightest bits of long-hidden information and tie things together so neatly. I'm probably not alone in thinking I knew an answer after the first conversation. I read more or less patiently while answers were offered and denied. When my choice was not even considered anywhere in the discussion, I really had to think about the one the author presented as the true answer. I liked the answer, I liked the book. My answer always leaves too much to interpretation, so I applaud Andrews.
Readers of short philosophical ponderings the likes of Andrews' other works, George MacDonald and world-wide historical figures, will be delighted by this discussion.
I received this book from the publisher for review purposes.
Posted April 13, 2011
insightful and thought provoking. can humanity really be saved?
David Ponder is a Traveler, a man who has been able to visit the past. And now, the angel Gabriel has appeared to him again, this time with a different purpose. David is to lead a Summit with all of the Travelers in order to answer this question: what does humanity need to do, both individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization? David is given five opportunities to solve this question but has the help of selected other Travelers. With each wrong answer, he is able to ask another person to join the discussion. Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Eric Erikson, King David and Washington Carver are the ones seated at a table with David with countless others watching. With each incorrect guess, the group is closer to finding the right answer but also that much closer to using all of their guesses. When they use the last guess and are still wrong, David is at a loss. Is it really too late? Can he still save humanity?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Final Summit continues the story of David Ponder that started with The Traveler's Gift. I haven't read it but I don't feel like I was missing anything from this book due to that. I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew's sense of humor and laughed out loud a few times while reading the book. It was interesting to read about people from the past as they helped David figure out what is needed to save humanity. Each person recalled some of their own experiences in order to come to a conclusion. I tried guessing along with the book as to what the answer might be and really liked what it turned out to be. It's something that's so true and yes, has the power to change the world.
Posted April 12, 2011
The sign of a great author is his ability to enable the reader to "SEE" in his mind's eye, what he is writing about. Just as some authors use actual historical events, then, create characters to live the story in their books, Andy Andrews uses the actual historical characters we all know and have read about (and one we haven't), to participate in the event - The Final Summit. This book begins where his earlier book, The Traveler's Gift, has left you. Although you do not necessarily have to have read The Traveler's Gift, it does help because you are already familiar with and have "traveled" with the main character, David Ponder. After a short review of David Ponder's life the archangel, Gabriel, transports David to a heavenly conference room to chair a summit meeting of famous "travelers". The prearranged agenda is presented to David and he is left alone to think about what to do. Once the summit begins you are able to experience lessons and gain insights from famous personalities and leaders from the past. The book does cause the reader to think about his own station in life, and society from a global perspective. Andy Andrews does invite you to participate "in your mind's eye" with the famous historical characters that are brought together in The Final Summit to discuss the fate of civilization.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2011
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews
The Final Summit is a sequel to Andy Andrews book The Travelers Gift. Which tells a story about a man traveling through time to learn about 7 decision for success. In the Final Summit the author again tells a well written story about the same man (David Ponder) going through time to find one principle that will save mankind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
David Ponder together with the help of other travelers such as Winston Churchill, George Washington Carver, and John of Arc join together to answer one question. The question they must join together and answer is, "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization". I won't ruin the book by giving you the answer to that question so if you want to know then read the book.
If you are looking for a well written story with great principles then you should read this book. I personally found it hard to read due to not being a huge fan of nonfiction books but found the principles inside the book are worth the read.