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The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Bestseller Self Help Book and Why

Andy Andrews absolutely practices what he preaches. His little 'novel' cum self-help book has become widely popular since its introduction to the mass market in 2002. And there is a reason why. Aside from the personal biographical data that the author lived as a street ...
Andy Andrews absolutely practices what he preaches. His little 'novel' cum self-help book has become widely popular since its introduction to the mass market in 2002. And there is a reason why. Aside from the personal biographical data that the author lived as a street person for a period in his life before he took charge and made changes in his philosophy that led to his rather startling success as a comedian, an advisor, an inspirational speaker and an author, Andrews knows how to capture the attention of his audience, lead them through his concepts of the Seven Decisions the Determine Personal Success in the guise of a novel, and follows up his service to mankind with variations of his original platform. Not only is Andy Andrews an inspirational writer, but he is also a successful marketer! The original book THE TRAVELER'S BOOK is so well known that repeating a summary is unnecessary. Very succinctly, David Ponder is at the end of his rope financially, emotionally, and physically when he happens to have an auto accident, an event which triggers a time travel where he meets and gathers advice from King Solomon, Harry Truman, Anne Frank, Abraham Lincoln, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, Christopher Columbus, and the angel Gabriel, each of whom delivers him a message of how to enhance life. Those seven decisions are 1)The buck stops here: Adversity is preparation for greatness, 2) I will seek wisdom: I will choose my friends with care, 3) I am a person of action: I can make a decision and I can make it now, 4) I have a decided heart: My destiny is assured, 5) Today I will choose to be happy I am the possessor of a grateful heart, 6) I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit: I will forgive myself, and 7) I will persist without exception: I will find way where there is no way. After his 'time travel' learning experience David Ponder wakes up and sees his world change because of the decisions he has made. Andrews wisely does not make his issues a hard sell. He simply tells a story, one that may be a little on the fantasy side, and allows the reader to absorb and relate to the transformation that takes place. It is very much to his credit that he does not preach in this book: Andrews shares in a warm and familiar friend manner and that makes a big difference! Andy Andrews believes in these decisions and after reading his book, it is difficult not to buy into his smilingly warm philosophy. Grady Harp

posted by Anonymous on February 25, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Don't understand the buzz

I recieved this book as a gift meant for "inspiration". Unfortunately, to be honest I wasn't inspired. I thought this book was cliche, overdone, and poorly written. It falls back on the formula for self help books "7 things you need to know/do in order to make your life...
I recieved this book as a gift meant for "inspiration". Unfortunately, to be honest I wasn't inspired. I thought this book was cliche, overdone, and poorly written. It falls back on the formula for self help books "7 things you need to know/do in order to make your life magically better!!!" Just a little too lame for me. Perhaps had the writing style been of a higher quality, and if the plot had been more developed, I could have come to like this book. But as it is, I have to say that I didn't like it at all. I think that there are plenty of inspirational books that are more thought provoking and truly spiritually inspiring than this one. I would reccomend you find one of those.

posted by plembeniwich6 on May 17, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Great read

    Good reminder of what it takes to acheive personal success. Easier to digest and accept when it's witten like a story ans not a self-help book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Inspires!

    Cleverly writen inspiational story that travels across time and provides great counsel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Good Read

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    great book

    quick read very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Good book

    Very good book. Makes you think about stuff.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

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    An old but good read...

    I took more time then I would have liked for this read, but each time I picked it up I wanted to continue reading for the next adventure. Well worth the read if you have not already done so.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

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    Highly Recommended - Life changing

    Andy Andrews the Traveler's Gift is a life changing "mantra" that will leave you wanting to look at life the same again. I could not put this book down and would suggest it for anyone who needs direction and purpose in their life. These declarations will allow you to see a new deeper side of life and help you on your journey of personal self development. Andy is a wonderful writer and look forward to reading his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Great Book!

    Sismple concepts presented in an easy-to-read and comprehend format. Listening to the CD while reading the book really brings it to life and imbeds the principals even faster.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Easy and Inspiring Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and suggested it to a few family members and friends.

    The story line is addicting and a useful medium for delivery of some sound advice for living a happy, and successful life.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Not just another "old sage" book of advice.

    Similar to other "old sage" books, but this one has "lessons" from notable people in history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2006

    a great book

    In The Travelers Gift David Ponder is stuggling in his life just like many of us are today. The book gives examples of how to handle your life in different situations. This book is well written and gets the point out so readers can have a certain understanding about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    The Traveler's Gift

    I would recommended people to read this book because it give good advice. The seven decision of success is something I think people need to make part of their life. Anyone who read this book will find that it is related to each in everyone of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    An Eye-Opening Book

    The Traveler¿s Gift is a very good book it is enjoyable, inspirational and I would tell every person that is interested in reading this book should do so simply because they will genuinely read this book and gain something from it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    The Bucks Stops Here!

    The book 'The traveler gift', was a very good book. I understood the point Andy Andrews was turing to persent in this novel. I really injoyed reading chapter three. it made me take a good look at me life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    A Good Book for Life

    I found that the book ¿Travelers Gift,¿ To be very compelling. The story itself takes you in a whole new atmosphere on how to look on life. It gives great advice on to look at life and how to travel through life the way you should, or would want to. This book gives great emphasis on the idea of succeeding. All the advice in the book is something you will at and think over. Some of it you will even look into yourself for answers. Some of the advice will even connect with you. This book is inspiring. It¿s a definite must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Inspiring Read

    Traveler's Gift is a must read for the young college student. It related to me because it is about time I grow up and take responisiblity.I need to start making decisions that are going to better me for in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    INTERESTING

    I PERSONALLY ENJOYED READING THE TRAVLER'S GIFT. I FOUND WAYS I CAN USE THIS BOOK TO ACHIVE PERSONAL GROWTH,I AM SURE ANYONE WHO READS THIS BOOK ALSO CAN FIND STEPS TO APPLY FOR PESONAL GROWTH TOO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2006

    You can not run from life

    I think this book deals with every day life because what David went through most people are going through the same thing now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    A troubled Life

    In The book the Travelers gift I see a man that is having some hard times and doesn't know where to go. While in a comma he is greeted by some great people from the past who gives him steps to succeed in life that are very helpful to him. Andy Andrews goes into so much detail in the book that i don't want to spoil it for every one else who has not read the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    lance's reveiw

    the title gives you a exact feel of what the book is about. The book is for all people so they can travel through their past to see what made they life what it is today.

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