Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Summit

Andy Andrews newest book, The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle that Will Save Humanity, continues looking at the life of David Ponder, which began in The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success. From what I understand of the first book, since I did not read it, David Ponder travels back in time, and meets important historical figures. These individuals, each themselves travelers who went into the past during their lifetime, each give him a piece of advice which helps David Ponder have the keys to becoming successful. The Final Summit picks up near the end of David’s life. His wife is no longer living, and he questions what role he has left in life. He is then informed he will be leading all of the other travelers to answer a question, with only five attempts at answering correctly.

I really love reading, but I found this book to be not as exciting as I hoped. I have read other books by Andy Andrews and was really impressed, but I’m sad to say I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I thought I would upon reading the back cover. I liked the concept of the historical figures, and I really enjoyed learning about some important people in history that I never heard about before. Other than the historical aspect, I didn’t really connect with this book. I didn’t find the historical figures particularly interesting, and I found many of them to seem arrogant. I guess this might be how they really were in their lives, but I always imagined King David as kind and Gabriel, the archangel, as powerful and personable. Rather, his character came off as condescending and unloving toward the individuals he spoke to. Overall, I found this book to be a very slow read, and I don’t think it will make my “must read” recommendation list, but I would tell someone interested in self-help and history to read this book if they have some spare time.

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