Monday, April 11, 2011

The Final Summit

In "The Final Summit", author Andy Andrews brings back David Ponder, whom we first met in his "The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success". In case you missed this 2002 book, here is a brief summary:
In the midst of despair and of giving up all hope, David Ponder is chosen to travel through time, visiting with other Time Travelers of historical significance. Each person he meets imparts to David wisdom learned that will make an impact.

While David has used the lessons learned to rebuild his life, he is now in his mid-70s and newly widowed. As he sits looking at the reminders of his past from his previous journey, and grieving over life continuing without his wife, he laments, "I just don't know what to do." At this moment, the Archangel Gabriel appears to him once again to tell him that he is being summoned. This time David will be leading a group of all of those who have been travelers as they are challenged to figure out how to save humanity. The rules are that they will be given 5 chances to figure out what the 2 words are that will make a difference in the human race's current course.

I have mixed feelings about this type of book. Since I tend to be more pragmatic, the idea of time travel, especially in a book geared more toward Christian beliefs, is a bit difficult for me to wrap my mind around. I also wish the book leaned more toward faith in Christ rather than leaving it up to wise humans to solve this dilemma. Yet, the various solutions offered are all extremely wise advice that anyone would be well-served to apply to their own lives. I will recommend the book to others, but it will be to those whom I know to be very secure in their faith.

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