Monday, April 11, 2011
Book Review: The Final Summit
The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity
By Andy Andrews
Thomas Nelson, 2011
English, 224 pgs
David Ponder is back. This time the fate of mankind is in his hands.
This is mankind's last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship, and it consists of only two words.
With time running out, it is up to David Ponder and a cast of history's best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to discover the answer.
Readers first encountered David Ponder in The Traveler's Gift. Now, in The Final Summit, Andrews combines a riveting narrative with astounding history in order to show us the one thing we must do when we don't know what to do.
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.
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.
I have not read the first David Ponder book. I picked this to review simply because it sounded fun. I'm glad I chose it. It was a quick read (one day for me) and it really had a lot of great one-liners. I'm scared to say too much so I give nothing away, but it's really good. I kinda questioned the whole Gabriel thing, but you know, it's fiction and no one really knows anyway. I do think that the archangel was exceedingly arrogant and I just don't see that as a trait of angels.
One part that really sticks with me is when one historical figure talks about self-control and discipline. It came on a day where I'm really fed up with going to the gym and want to quit. Strangely enough, I think this will keep me motivated and disciplined to keep working and doing something to help myself feel better.
Anyway, pick up the book, even if you haven't read the first David Ponder book. It's a good read.
I received an advance copy of the book in order to write my review. No additional compensation has been provided and I was not required to write a positive review.