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

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

by Andy Andrews


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What makes the difference between failure and success?

Join David Ponder on his incredible journey to discover the Seven Decisions for Success that can turn any life around, no matter how hopeless a situation may seem. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller, The Traveler’s Gift is the continuation of David Ponder’s story in The Traveler’s Summit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785273226
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2005
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 14,797
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit

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"please get off the floor and sit in this chair."

Slowly, David opened his eyes and looked directly into the face of a man who seemed vaguely familiar. A small, older gentleman, his short almost-white hair was neatly combed, contrasting with the slightly disheveled appearance of his clothes. The sleeves of his dress shirt were rolled up at the elbows, and his red-and-black-striped tie was loosened at the collar. Atop his sharp nose sat a pair of round spectacles that were thick enough to make his clear blue eyes seem huge.

"This is a very inconvenient time for me," the man said. "Just sit right there and be very quiet." Turning quickly, he walked toward a huge hand-carved desk. Settling himself behind it and picking up a stack of papers, he grumbled, "As if I don't have enough happening right now." Confused, David glanced around. He was sitting on a large Persian rug, his back against the wall of an ornate, high-ceilinged room. Directly to his left was the hard-backed mahogany chair that had been indicated by the man who was now intently sorting papers across the room. To his right, a globe stood on a pedestal in front of an unlit fireplace.

Easing up and into the chair, David said, "I'm thirsty."

Without looking up, the man replied, "I'll get you something in a bit. For now, please be quiet."

"Where am I?" David asked.

"Look here now." The man cursed as he slammed the stack of papers down on the desk and pointed a finger at David. "I politely asked you to be quiet, and I'm expecting you to do it. You are in Potsdam, Germany, a suburb of Berlin in a free zone presently controlled by the Red army. It is Tuesday, July 24, 1945." Taking a deep breath and appearing to calm down, he reached for his work again.

Separating the papers, he said, "There now, sit and chew on that for a while."

David wrinkled his brow. I must be in a hospital, he thought. This is a creepy old place. And if this guy is my doctor, he has a horrible bedside manner. Sitting absolutely still, trying to collect himself, David watched the man at the desk. Why would he tell me I'm in Germany? he wondered. And the Red army thing? I must have a head injury. Is this some kind of psychiatric exam?

He tugged at the collar of his dark blue sweatshirt. Uncomfortably warm, David noticed a water pitcher and some glasses on a small table near a window directly across the room. He stood up and walked slowly to the water. From the corner of his eye, David saw the man behind the desk briefly glance up, frown, and go back to his work.

David quietly poured a glass of water and, drinking it, looked out the window. He was obviously in a second-floor room of this building or house or whatever it was. Below him, no more than fifty feet away, was the bank of a slow-moving river. There were no people boating, no children playing-in fact, he didn't see anyone at all. "Something isn't right here," David muttered as a breeze crossed his face and rustled the drapes beside him. Reaching his arm through the open window, David was almost startled to find that the air was warm and humid. Then he realized what had been bothering him. It was the air itself. The air was warm. Every tree within sight was full of leaves, and the grass in the yard below him was green. In the dead of winter?

Putting his glass down on the table, David placed his hands on the windowsill and pushed his whole upper body through the opening. Yes, it was hot, he decided, and pulled himself back inside. What kind of place is this? David wondered. Why are the windows open in the first place? As hot as it is, the air conditioning should be running full blast.

As he moved back toward his seat, David looked around for a thermostat. There wasn't one that he could see. The only temperature-controlling device was an old heater that someone had put in the fireplace. Not that that heater would do anyone any good, he thought. It's so old, it looks like it could have been made in . . . , David stopped in midstride. In a soft voice, he said aloud, "… 1945."

Wheeling suddenly, David faced the man behind the desk. The white-haired gentleman looked up and slowly pushed his work to the side. A slight smile on his thin lips, he leaned back into his chair, crossed his arms, and peered curiously at David.

David's mind raced furiously. Potsdam … Potsdam … , he thought. Why is that name so familiar? Then, like a thunderbolt, it came to him. Potsdam, Germany, he remembered from a television documentary, was the site of the famous war conference after which the decision had been made to drop the atomic bomb on Japan during World War II.

A shudder passed through his body as David put his hands to his head. Think, think, he commanded himself. Who attended the war conference in Potsdam? It was Churchill, Stalin, and . . . All the breath seemed to go out of David at once as he groped for the chair behind him. Sitting down heavily, he stared at the man in front of him. "You're Harry Truman," he said in a shocked tone.

"Yes," the man said, "I am. Though at the moment I would give anything to be almost anyone else."

Swallowing audibly, David said, "They call you 'Give 'Em Hell Harry.'"

Truman grimaced. "I never give anybody hell," he snorted. "I just tell the truth, and they think it's hell."

Removing his glasses, he rubbed his eyes and said, "Obviously, I'll not be getting any peace from this point on, so we might as well go ahead and talk." Putting his glasses back on, he rose and came out from behind the desk. "By the way," he said, "why not you?"

"Excuse me?" David asked.

"Why … not … you?" Looking directly into David's eyes, he enunciated the words carefully, separating them as if he were speaking to a child. "I believe that is the answer to the last question you asked before you arrived."

David frowned. Trying to remember, he said, "I was in an accident, I think."

"Yes," Truman said, "that's sometimes how this happens. And the last question a person asks is often, 'Why me?' Of course, 'Why me?' is a question great men and women have been asking themselves since time began. I know the thought has occurred to me more than once during the past few days. It's hard for me to believe that twenty-five years ago, I was a clerk in a clothing store!" Truman extended his hand and pulled David to his feet. "What's your name, son?"

"David Ponder. Am I okay?"

"Well, David Ponder, if you mean 'Am I dead?' the answer is no. If you simply mean 'Am I okay?'"

Truman shrugged, "I'm not sure. I've never been given any information on how these things turn out."

Suddenly, David relaxed. Smiling, he said, "I understand. I'm dreaming, right?"

"Maybe you are," the president said, "but, David, I'm not. And even if you are dreaming, that's not a problem. For centuries, dreams have been used to communicate instruction and direction to people of purpose-great men and women. God used dreams to prepare Joseph for his future as a leader of nations. He gave battle plans to Gideon in a dream. Joan of Arc, Jacob, George Washington, Marie Curie, and the apostle Paul were all guided by their dreams."

"But I'm an ordinary guy," David said. "I'm nothing like any of the people you've mentioned-great, I mean-and I'm certainly no apostle Paul. I'm not even sure I believe in God anymore."

Truman smiled as he put a hand on David's shoulder. "That's all right, son," he said. "He believes in you."

"How can you be certain of that?" David asked.

"Because," Truman responded, "you wouldn't be here if He didn't. Occasionally, someone is chosen to travel the ages, gathering wisdom for future generations. It's as if the Almighty literally reaches down and places His hand on a shoulder, and in this particular case," the president peered over his glasses, "it was your shoulder."

A sharp knock at the door drew their attention. Without waiting for a response, a large, stocky man strode into the room. It was Fred Canfil, Truman's special bodyguard. Formerly the U.S. marshal from Kansas City, Fred was temporarily attached to the Secret Service and had become a favorite of the president and his family. "I'm sorry to barge in like this, sir," he said as his eyes surveyed the room. "I thought I heard you talking to someone."

"No, Fred," Truman said as he looked directly at David, "no one here." Then motioning toward the door with his hand, he said, "If you'll see that I'm not disturbed?"

"Of course, Mr. President," Canfil said as he slowly backed out, a concerned look on his face. Still glancing about, he added, "I'll be escorting you to the conference room within the hour, but if you need me before then …"

"You'll be right outside," Truman said as he ushered his bewildered friend from the room, "and I won't hesitate to call for you. Thank you, Fred." As the president closed the door, David asked, "He can't see me?"

"Apparently no one can," Truman replied. "No one, that is, except the person you came to visit. Of course, that makes me look a little crazy," he said with a grin, "in here, all alone, talking to myself." Quickly, he wiped the grin off his face and continued, "But I shouldn't think anyone would find it strange. I have ample reason to be talking to myself, what with everything that's going on here." Truman cocked his head and looked at David from the corner of his eye. "It is curious how you people always seem to show up during critical points in my life."

"So this has happened to you before?" David asked.

"Yes," Truman said, "three times now since I became president, you being the third. The first time was the night Roosevelt died. I was all alone in the Oval Office, and this kid just appeared out of nowhere. Fred came busting through the door-almost gave me a heart attack. It was strange that no one could see him but me."

"The kid?"

"Yeah, the kid." Truman paused. "I say 'kid.' He was a teenager actually. He was having trouble deciding whether or not to finish college."

David was incredulous. "That doesn't seem to be a problem big enough for the president."

"What are you here for?" Truman asked.

"I don't know."

"Well," the president said as he moved across the room, "at least the kid had a question." Leaning against the desk, he motioned for David to sit in a chair near the globe. "Anyway, there was a lot of pressure for him to stay in school."

"What did you tell him to do?" David asked.

"I didn't tell him to do anything," Truman replied. "That's not my part in all this. I offer perspective. The ultimate outcome of anyone's life is a matter of personal choice." The president continued, "I was evidently his second visit. He had just spent an hour or so with Albert Einstein." David shifted uncomfortably in his seat. "Will I be going somewhere after this?"

"Yes, you will," Truman said. "Several different places actually, but don't worry. They will be expecting you."

"So you knew I was coming?"

"I was informed as you might expect-in a dream-the other evening," Truman said. Walking around behind his desk, Truman opened the right top drawer. Removing a folded piece of paper, he handed it to David and said, "I was instructed to prepare this for you. This is the essence of why you are here. It is one of the Decisions for Success. This is the first of seven you will receive. You are to keep it with you, reading it twice daily until it is committed to your heart. For only by committing this principle to your heart will you be able to share its value with others."

David started to unfold the page. "No, no," the president said as he put his hands over David's. "Don't read it now. You must wait until our meeting is finished. As soon as you read these words, you will immediately travel to your next destination. Amazing, actually. You read the last word and-bang!-you're gone!"

David reached over and touched the globe, unconsciously turning it to the United States. "Do you know my future?" he asked.

"Nope," Truman said. "Can't help you there. And wouldn't if I could. Your future is what you decide it will be. Now you, on the other hand, could probably tell me mine." As David opened his mouth to speak, the president held out his hands as if to ward off the words. "Thanks, but no thanks. God knows, there are enough influences coming to bear without you telling me what I already did!"

"You say my future is what I decide it to be," David ventured. "I'm not sure I agree with that. My present is certainly not of my making. I worked for years to finally end up with no job, no money, and no prospects."

"David, we are all in situations of our own choosing. Our thinking creates a pathway to success or failure. By disclaiming responsibility for our present, we crush the prospect of an incredible future that might have been ours."

"I don't understand," David said. "I am saying that outside influences are not responsible for where you are mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, or financially. You have chosen the pathway to your present destination. The responsibility for your situation is yours."

David stood up. "That's not true," he cried angrily. "I did a good job at the plant. I could've taken early retirement, but I stayed. I stayed to help the company remain afloat, and I was fired. It was not … my … fault!"

"Sit down," Truman said softly. Drawing a chair around to face David, who was trembling with anger and confusion, he said, "Look here, son. It is not my desire to upset you, but with the limited time we have been given together, truth will have to stand before tact."

Placing his elbows on his knees, the president leaned forward and took a deep breath. "Listen to me now. You are where you are because of your thinking. Your thinking dictates your decisions. Decisions are choices. Years ago, you chose where you would attend college. You chose your course of study. When you graduated with the degree you chose to pursue, you chose the companies to which you would send a résumé. After interviewing with the companies that responded, you chose the one for which you would work. Somewhere during that time, you chose to go to a party or a play or a ball game. There, you met a girl whom you chose to marry. Together, you chose to have a family and how large that family would be.

"When you chose the house in which you would live and the cars you would drive, you chose how much the payments would be each month. By choosing to eat rib eye steaks or hot dogs, you chose your household expenses. And you were the one who chose not to take early retirement. You chose to stay until the bitter end. Years ago, you began making the choices that led you to your present situation. And you walked right down the middle of the path every step of the way."

Truman paused. He pulled out his handkerchief and wiped his brow. David's head was hanging, his chin on his chest. "David, look at me," the president said. David's eyes met his. "The words It's not my fault! should never again come from your mouth. The words It's not my fault! have been symbolically written on the gravestones of unsuccessful people ever since Eve took her first bite of the apple. Until a person takes responsibility for where he is, there is no basis for moving on. The bad news is that the past was in your hands, but the good news is that the future, my friend, is also in your hands."

As the president leaned forward to touch the younger man on the shoulder, he was interrupted by three quick knocks on the door. "Mr. President," came a voice from the hallway. It was Fred Canfil.

"Five-minute warning, sir. I'll wait for you out here. Mr. Churchill and the Russian are already making their way to the conference room."

"Thank you, Fred." Truman chuckled. "It seems my bodyguard doesn't care very much for Mr. Stalin. Come to think of it, neither do I, and frankly, I keep a few of my plans to myself. But I suppose he's a necessary part of this process." He stood up and began rolling down his sleeves and buttoning the cuffs.

David saw the president's jacket hanging over the back of the desk chair and went to retrieve it.

"What will you do?" he asked.

Truman buttoned his collar, straightened his tie, and eyed David warily. "Let's not play any games here, son. I think we both know what I'm about to do. Do I want to do it? Do I want to deploy this . . . this bomb? Of course not!"

He strode to his desk and gathered several notebooks. Suddenly, he put them down again and faced David. "I don't have any idea what you know about me." He paused. "I suppose I mean that I don't know what people say about me in the . . . ahh . . ." He wiggled his left hand at David as if he could conjure up the words he wanted to say. "I don't know what they say about me where you come from. For all I know, history books are full of how I feel or how I look or what kind of scotch I drink, and frankly, I don't care. But let's get something straight between you and me. I hate this weapon, okay? I'm scared of it and concerned about what it might mean for the future of our world."

"Why have you decided to use it?" David asked the question with no accusation, no judgment in the tone of his voice. He simply wanted to understand the thoughts of this common man who had been placed in an uncommon position. "Why have you decided to drop the bomb?"

Truman took a deep breath. "I am the first president since the beginning of modern warfare to have experienced combat. During the First World War, I would have given anything, paid any price, to end the death and suffering I watched my friends endure. And now, here I sit, the commander in chief with the ability-no, the responsibility-to end this war and bring our boys home. "Believe me," he said as he slipped on his jacket, "I have examined every option. I asked General Marshall what it would cost in lives to land on the Tokyo plain and other places in Japan. It was his opinion that such an invasion would cost at a minimum a quarter of a million American lives. And that's just the invasion. After that we would literally be forced to go house to house and take the country. Did you know that during this whole war, not one single Japanese platoon has surrendered, not one?" David watched Truman, his jaw set, but with a weariness in his face as he placed the final papers in a leather satchel. "Yes," he said. "It must be done. How could any president face the mothers and sons and daughters of these American servicemen if, after the slaughter of an invasion of Japan, it became known that there was within the arsenal a weapon of sufficient force to end the war and it was not used?"

He stared blankly at David for a moment. It was as if he were seeing something of his own future, and it scared him. Shaking his head to clear his thoughts, he said, "Still got the paper?"

"Yes, sir," David said as he held up the folded page that had never left his hand.

"Well, then," the president said with a smile, "go ahead and read it." He walked to the door, opened it, and was about to walk through when he paused, turned, and said, "David?"

"Sir?" David answered.

"Good luck, son."

"Thank you, sir," David said.

Truman turned to leave, but again reached back in to shake David's hand. "And one more thing," he said as he raised an eyebrow, "just because I use the expression 'good luck' doesn't mean that luck actually has anything to do with where you end up." With that, the president of the United States closed the door.

All alone, David glanced around the room. He walked slowly to the desk and sat down behind it in the big leather chair where Truman had been only moments before. Carefully, he unfolded the paper and began to read.

The First Decision for Success

The buck stops here.

From this moment forward, I will accept responsibility for my past. I understand that the beginning of wisdom is to accept the responsibility for my own problems and that by accepting responsibility for my past, I free myself to move into a bigger, brighter future of my own choosing. Never again will I blame my parents, my spouse, my boss, or other employees for my present situation. Neither my education nor lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way. If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will be forever caught in a web of the past. I will look forward. I will not let my history control my destiny. The buck stops here. I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success.

I am where I am today-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially-because of decisions I have made. My decisions have always been governed by my thinking. Therefore, I am where I am today-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially-because of how I think. Today I will begin the process of changing where I am-mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially-by changing the way I think.

My thoughts will be constructive, never destructive. My mind will live in the solutions of the future. It will not dwell in the problems of the past. I will seek the association of those who are working and striving to bring about positive changes in the world. I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.

When faced with the opportunity to make a decision, I will make one. I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions. He did, however, put in me the ability to make a decision and then make it right. The rise and fall of my emotional tide will not deter me from my course. When I make a decision, I will stand behind it. My energy will go into making the decision. I will waste none on second thoughts. My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.

The buck stops here. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. In the future when I am tempted to ask the question "Why me?" I will immediately counter with the answer: "Why not me?" Challenges are gifts, opportunities to learn. Problems are the common thread running through the lives of great men and women. In times of adversity, I will not have a problem to deal with; I will have a choice to make. My thoughts will be clear. I will make the right choice. Adversity is preparation for greatness. I will accept this preparation. Why me? Why not me? I will be prepared for something great!

I accept responsibility for my past. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. I am responsible for my success.

The buck stops here.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"The Traveler's Gift provides a powerful and compelling road map through the highways of life."

--John Schuerholz, General Manager, Atlanta Braves

"... Traveler's Gift is full of insight one can use throughout life. Told with a wonderful story...people of all ages will enjoy reading."

--Randy Travis, Entertainer

"I could not put The Traveler's Gift down. The story itself is gripping, but the wisdom is for the ages."

--Thurl "Big T" Bailey, Musician, Former NBA Star

"In the tradition of Og Mandino, Andy Andrews has spun an engaging morality tale. "

--John C. Maxwell, Founder, The INJOY Group

Reading Group Guide

The unique narrative of The Traveler's Gift blends fiction, allegory, and inspiration, with a touch of self-help. It gives a front-row seat into one man's journey of a lifetime.

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. Then, a visit to the future reveals the result of David's journey, the fruits of his labor.

General Questions
1. What is the significance of the title? How is time travel important to the book?
2. Andrews incorporates facts and details about American history into The Traveler's Gift. Why is it important that David visited the historical figures during crucial moments in history? Why does Andrews suggest that successful people have more than a "limited view" of history?
3. In what ways does Andrews explore the importance of associations with other people? How do peer groups affect a person's success?
4. Dreams are a recurring motif in the book. How does each historical figure emphasize the importance of dreams as vehicles for success? What is the purpose of dreams in this book?
5. At the end of the book, the speaker in the arena says, "Until you have accomplished what you were put on earth to do, you will not-you cannot-be harmed." How is this concept of a "hedge of thorns," or protection, fitting to the journey David has taken? Do you believe this type of protection is possible?
6. Talk about the theme of leadership in the book. Which historical figures talk about leadership, and how do those comments directly relate to the person speaking? What overall definition of leadership does Andrews offer?

Personal Reflection
1. How does the book exemplify the differences between people who encounter despair? Is your experience different or similar? How does what you've read in this book help your own times of crisis?
2. The Traveler's Gift underscores the importance of rising above the opinions of others. How do your self-perceptions dictate your success? What advice does David receive for differentiating between wise counsel and criticism? How can you apply this advice to your life right now?
3. In what ways can you use the life lessons in The Traveler's Gift to encourage and change the lives of others?
4. Why might The Traveler's Gift be a vital book for our country and planet at this time?
5. Each historical character refers to faith in some way. What is Andrews suggesting about the connection between faith and success? Would you agree that the book defines success as a combination of personal initiative and divine motivation?
6. Andrews presents a specific method for absorbing the Seven Decisions-reading each decision aloud, morning and night, for twenty-one days and sharing the decisions with others. Why is this particular method given? Would another method be just as effective?

Chapters One and Two: David Ponder
1. The book opens during a crossroads in David's life. How does David's mindset about his personal crisis change by the end of the book?
2. Discuss the criticisms the seven historical characters make about David. Do you think they should have been tougher on him? Easier?
3. How does your opinion of David change throughout the book?

Chapter Three: Harry S. Truman
The First Decision: The buck stops here.
1. President Harry Truman tells David, "You have chosen the pathway to your present destination. The responsibility for your situation is yours." Do you believe that an individual's present state is solely determined by personal choice and responsibility? Why or why not?
2. Truman says, "Our thinking creates a pathway to success or failure." Can you remember a particular instance when your thinking created success? When your thinking led to failure? Have you seen evidence of this truism in the lives of others?

Chapter Four: King Solomon
The Second Decision: I will seek wisdom.
1. King Solomon says, "We, as humans, are always in a process of change. Therefore, we might as well guide the direction in which we change." How does the decision to "seek wisdom" help you guide the direction in which you change?
2. What point is King Solomon making when he tells David that "serving is a way we can place value on one another"? He says, "A wise man is a server." Why?

Chapter Five: Joshua Chamberlain
The Third Decision: I am a person of action.
1. The book opens with a quotation by Joshua Chamberlain, an obscure figure in American history. How does this quote set the tone for the book? Why do you think Andrews chose a quote by Chamberlain instead of one by another historical figure in the book?
2. Chamberlain's lack of historical recognition does not correspond with his historical contribution. How does this challenge or affirm your definition of success? Through Chamberlain, what does Andrews say about the significance of our actions, especially actions that are unrecognized?

Chapter Six: Christopher Columbus
The Fourth Decision: I have a decided heart.
1. Through Columbus, what does Andrews say about the world's perception of madness and its definition of reality?
2. When does persistence toward a goal become insanity and when is it an admirable trait for success?

Chapter Seven: Anne Frank
The Fifth Decision: Today I will choose to be happy.
1. Is Anne's life considered a success in this book? Why or why not?
2. Do you think the pictures hanging in Anne Frank's room are a metaphor for a stagnant life of failure or do they represent a vibrant life of success?

Chapter Eight: Abraham Lincoln
The Sixth Decision: I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.
1. President Abraham Lincoln tells David that the key to his future is forgiveness. Why is forgiveness such an important step for David at this point in his life? Whom does he need to forgive?
2. Is this Decision of greater importance than the other Decisions? Why or why not?

Chapter Nine: Gabriel
The Seventh Decision: I will persist without exception.
1. David visits the archangel Gabriel in "the place that never was," a large celestial warehouse that holds the lost dreams of humanity. Why is it important that David's last visit with a historical figure occurs in this place?
2. Talk about the treatment of "fear" in the book. What is the relationship between fear and success? Why does Gabriel say that faith and fear are the same?

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of this book very spiritually oriented and it speaks on the everyday struggles of life instead of focusing on fantasies it's about the basic concept on having problems and finding solutions not excuses
plembeniwich6 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Travelers Gift' by Andy Andrews is a wonderful book about a man who travels through time durring an out of body experience that takes place when he gets in a car crash. A few weeks before he was successful and everything was going his way. Then he loses his job and his daughter gets sick and he begins to hate his life. Durring the out of body experience he encounters seven people who give him advice on how to lead a happy successful life. He learns that he is responsible fore his past and his future. He needs to seek wisdom and be a servant of others. He needs to be a person of action and sieze the moment. He needs to have a decided heart and choose to be happy. He needs to seize the day with a forgiving spirit and be a person of faith. The thing I like about the book the most is the lessons he learns as he travels and talks with the wise people. I recomend others read this book because everyone should apply these lessons to there life in order to make there life better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenever I'm faced with overwhelming circumstances, I dive into this book. Gives me a new outlook on my circumstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was loaned to me and I liked it so much I ordered two more to give as graduation gifts. It is a perfect life manual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard of this book so was excited to read it, but it wasn't what I had expected. An interesting premise though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is the most meaningful book I have ever read! A must read for everyone, I wish I had found it 2 years ago. It will speak to your heart, I will remember it forever and probably read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was unsure of reading any book by a" christian" author but was intrigued. by the premise of the story. Little did I know that so much of what was written was just what I needed to read. Very profound & uplifting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cleverly writen inspiational story that travels across time and provides great counsel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read, very inspiring and offered hope! I have been reccomending it to everyone I know. For the person who is going through a struggle, it is very motivating to keep moving forward. I loved the nonfiction/fiction format of the book. They should create a genre for books just like this. It is a must read for sure! I cannot wait to read more books by Andy Andrews!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not as good at taking time to read like I should. This book was wonderful.. It reminds you of history and how you apply pratical teaching to your everyday NOW situatios. It is MUST read
MrsArt More than 1 year ago
This book has made such a difference in my life. The characters are beautifully depicted and the messages are so clear and simple. Now, when there is an obstacle in my path, I am reminded that it's just a part of life and a chance to overcome it. Andy Andrews truly gave us all a gift with this book. Anyone and everyone could gain something wonderful from reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book came to me as a gift from my father at the exact right time. I am not normally a reader of 'fiction' but I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days. The eye opening lessons and the history intertwined together kept me going from page to page as every chapter spoke to me. Andy Andrews is a terrific writer and I would recommend reading anything of his along with watching his DVD/PBS special about the seven decisions in the book. He's right, everything we do matters. A very inspitational read and re-read.
MrDickie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second Andy Andrews book I've read. I enjoyed trying to guess who was going to deliver each insight. I was successful several times. I'm pleased that my county library had a copy of the large print version on the shelf.
kmfink69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is life-changing! Andy Andrews is the modern day Will Rogers as a story teller! The way he weaves historic facts into his fiction is incredible. Andy's own story of living under a bridge to a life of significance is inspiring by itself, but the way he communicates the information for us to use in our daily lives is amazing. I've purchased 100 copies of this book to give to my family, friends, and clients and believe that it should be mandatory reading for children and adults alike. Read this book, implement his ideas and your life will be better for it.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Traveler's Gift is a great book about a man at a crossroads in his life. It is very similar to The Five People You Meet In Heaven. It is really uplifting and inspirational.
wiseasgandalf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, let¿s get the seven principles out of the way:The buck stops here. I will seek wisdom. I am a person of action. I have a decided heart. Today I will choose to be happy. I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. I will persist without exception. These are certainly reasonable principles for living, and this book teaches you so. I don¿t have a problem with any of that. What I DO have a problem with is how the book teaches it, and what else goes along with it.The book is the story of David Ponder (uh, get, it, like he¿s supposed to PONDER something important), a typical middle-aged guy who puts his priorities wrong, loses all his money, and decides to kill himself. So far, just a touch melodramatic. But then, instead of dying, he finds himself being whisked away to visit six historic figures, from Solomon to Abraham Lincoln to Anne Frank, who each pass on to him one of the seven life-transforming principles. They each not only co-operate with this bizarre process, but each pen a letter to him, each about the same length and sprinkled with the same type of late 20th century self-talk & affirmations that none of those people would have actually written.So far, you just have a overly stretched sentimental & incredulous metaphor, but one that is fairly innocuous and sometimes even moving. But things start getting weird with the last of David¿s trips: he meets the archangel Gabriel, who not only passes along the last principle but also says he is the last ¿traveler¿ that God has ordained to take this message and share it with others. He says that David is last in a line that has included Joan of Arc, George Washington, & Martin Luther King, Jr. Okay, that¿s just too much for me. But it gets worse: Gabriel then starts talking about a pre-Adamic ancient race that fell apart, and implies that the principles that David now has will save the human race from a similar fate.Okay, time out, boys & girls. Does the author really believe that there was a culture 30,000 years ago that was technologically superior to our own? Does the author really believe that these seven principles are the key to the whole human race? It almost sounds like he is putting these principles above Scripture itself, that he is claiming divine revelation in them. The final blow is that David is given a view of his future, where these principles have not only made him fabulously rich, but hailed by tens of thousands as their spiritual benefactor.Bottom line: good principles, but WAY too much nuttiness in between for me.
sportsbybj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great read! Made me realize that lots of time the situation is not great in the beginning but with time and effort turns out ok
spincerely on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The "gifts/decisions" are all great rules to live by, but they are so overly generalized without specific instructions that they really mean nothing. A really quick-read though so no harm in reading to grab the few useful tidbits you can from this book. My favorite decision for success is "the buck stops here." My least favorite was the seventh because, well, Gabriel? Not a real person which was very disappointing.
bsanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David Ponders life is spinning out of control. He has exchanged his career for his family and his dignity for success. As his world crashes around his, his car wraps itself around a tree. Before regaining consciousness, David is thrust into a vision in which he visits seven historical characters, learning an invaluable life lesson from each: the importance of responsibility, wisdom, action, determination, gratefulness, forgiveness, and persistence. Each of these character traits is to be treasured, and yet their treatment here seemed cartoonish and simplistic. B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another home run, thought provoking, inspirational
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has been a big reason for me to changing my thought process. Applying just one of the 7 decisions changed my perspective of life and the direction I want to go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! I read it several times ! I love Andy's writing and inspiring stories!!