The Lost Choice: A Legend of Personal Discovery

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A work of both scholarship and imagination. The Lost Choice is a legend of personal discovery—a reminder of the opportunities we each are given.

When a young boy finds a mysterious object in the creek near his home, it starts a series of events that could change the world—again. Many search for the ancient relic's secret, but few find its truer purpose. What choices will each make—or lose?

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Overview

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A work of both scholarship and imagination. The Lost Choice is a legend of personal discovery—a reminder of the opportunities we each are given.

When a young boy finds a mysterious object in the creek near his home, it starts a series of events that could change the world—again. Many search for the ancient relic's secret, but few find its truer purpose. What choices will each make—or lose?

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Bestselling author Andrews (The Traveler's Gift) takes a cue from the success of his previous book, built around time travel, motivational ideas and historical figures, and continues in the same vein. When Mark and Dorry Chandler find an odd bronze object in a ditch in their Denver backyard, they begin to investigate its origin. Andrews develops the theme of the importance of making good choices, using the motif of four inscribed ancient bronze objects that together form a cup. Each fragment symbolizes choices that its historic owner made, influenced by the object. Using flashbacks, Andrews offers numerous short vignettes of the different historical figures who possessed each of the fragments, including Oskar Schindler, Alfred Vanderbilt, John Adams and George Washington Carver among others. The flashbacks are simply presented, and they often have the feel of fictional minibiographies for young readers rather than meaty adult fare. There's nothing particularly compelling about the storytelling-the mechanics of fiction are creaky in places-but that's not the point. Rather, the book stands on the positive message that one person by his or her decisions can change the world. As he did in The Traveler's Gift, Andrews should appeal to those readers looking for an uncomplicated motivational read with a dollop of history thrown in for good measure. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"The talent of a magical and deeply thoughtful storyteller is abundant in this inspiring story of love, wisdom, and optimism. A parable, this is the story of an object found by a small boy that becomes connected, not only to a range of historical figures, but to principles and guidance that every family needs to teach its children. Andy Andrews is a superb narrator whose tone of anticipation adds suspense to the story. With a conclusion that is unusually satisfying, this mellow listening experience will be especially inspiring for parents who think seriously about their children’s moral development." 
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785261391
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 144,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Hailed by a New York
Times
reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations.
He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    A hidden gem well worth reading

    I love the works of Andy Andrews, and this was the last of his major works that I had yet to read. It is more obscure than many of his other works like The Traveler's Gift and The Butterfly Effect, but by no means of less quality. Andrews weaves in lessons of personal growth and development into a fictional account of comtemporary persons learning about remarkable people in history. If you are looking for a fun but meaningful read, pick up The Lost Choice by Andy Andrews.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    Very highly recommended!

    My favorite of all the great Andy Andrews' books. Love the blend of fiction with real people.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    The Lost Choice

    The Lost Choice is a great read for all. The message that unfolds is amazing. As soon as you read it you will want to pass it on to someone you love. I wish I had paid more attention in history class. The historical side of this book makes me want to learn more. The real lesson, however, is how important each person's life can be.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    The Lost Choice provokes thought and entertains with a touch of historical accounts of great individuals.

    This is another great book by Andy Andrews. He brings to life historical accounts of great people by intertwing them into his story presenting his case that all can make a diffence in the world. A boy finds a relic and his parents and another couple are amazed as they find the inspiration that the physical object has provided to a number of great people. This is great reading and would be great for book clubs or and readers that wish to hear a great story about "action" as opposed to "inaction." JRH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    one of the best...

    ...simply put, one of the best books that ever made a 'sudden' impact. Great for all ages, should be a requirement in history/english classes! Kept me enthralled! I thank Andy and all that were involved in writting all his books. Anticipating the next book!!!! Loved it bigtime!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    tools for life

    This book not only inspires but gives people real tools to improve their lives today and all their tomorrows.Read it and change your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    We can make a difference

    I loved this book. I read the review in 'Publisher's Weekly' and wonder what makes them so cynical. This is a hugely encouraging story that tells me that what I do, or don't do, really matters. I tend to forget that in the confusion of real life. Andy makes a powerful message without being preachy or teachy. The book is fun and hard to put down. Great stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Easy read, simple theme, powerful impact.

    If I had read books such as 'The Lost Choice' when I was in high school I might have understood sooner than 52 years old that, as David Hume (1711-1776) said, 'History is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature.' Or as Jawaharlai Nehru described, 'History is a record of human progress, a record of the struggle of the advancement of the human mind, of the human spirit, toward some known or unknown objective.' As in 'The Traveler's Gift', Andy Andrews has in his latest work, 'The Lost Choice', connected me with real people in history who have played a significant role in the advancement of the human mind and spirit. The characters that Andrews picked to highlight in the 'The Lost Choice' are real life figures who chose to do the right thing no matter the cost. We all need to read such stories in these days and times. We are blessed to live in the United States of American and to be able to read such books as 'The Lost Choice'. As Voltaire said in a letter to Frederick the Great in May, 1773, 'History can be well written only in a free country.' Foncie Bullard, Mobile, Alabama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Better even than The Traveler's Gift

    I loved Andy's first novel, The Traveler's Gift, but The Lost Choice is even better. Get one for yourself and several for gifts. It is so inspiring that you will want to share that inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    The Best Choice

    People are always recommending this book or that. But your BEST choice is The Lost Choice. It is really capitivating, entertaining and inspiring. (Don't be fooled, some so-called 'inspirational' books are dry and sleep aids. Here you are inspired WHILE being entertained.) I bought it on one afternoon and finished it at 7 am the next morning. I could not put it down, even while taking care of 3 children! By reading this book you will remember your significance in this world, even when you are apt to forget. This book was a much needed boost in my life. Now, I am telling everyone about it - and giving them away as gifts. I want all my friends and family to be blessed by the message in this book, too. Andy Andrews does a fantastic job of story telling that catapults you into different lives and times of the characters so that you feel as though YOU are living out the story! You will read faster and faster, anxiously looking for the next big adventure. Do yourself and the ones you love a big favor and get this book today - and read it before anything else! Thanks, Andy, for ANOTHER life changing experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Lost Choice

    It is hard to enjoy learning in the summer, but this book is an enjoyment. And you learn a little history in the process! This is such an inspiring story, giving everyone hope for the future by our own decisions. So read this instead of some tacky trashy novella!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Lost Choice

    I started reading this book one afternoon and did not put it down until nearly 8 hours later! The first few pages read like a history mystery and the story continues--so I kept reading to find out what happened. Only after I had finished the book did I think of it as a self-help type book. The story is fantastic; one you can read to your children or grandparents. It also makes you think of how our world can and should be changed by our own actions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    Andy Andrews does i t again

    The Lost Choice takes me into a place and time I have never been. Andy Andrews has the God given ability to share thoughts and experiences that are life changing. He is an exceptional 'story teller'. Don't miss the opportunity to experience The Lost Choice. You will want to share this book with people you care about.

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