I joined the “BookSneeze” family of reviewers last month and I chose “The Final Summit” for my first book. I was in the middle of 2 other books so I set it aside not paying much attention to it.
I attended the Women of Faith Conference in Phoenix Sept. 23-24 and one of the speakers was Andy Andrews. I had never heard of him. He was funny and told interesting stories including the “Butterfly Effect”. I could tell he was a history buff like me.
Low and behold, when I pick up “The Final Summit” to read the following week, I see the author is none other than Andy Andrews.
I find history fascinating. There are epic pivotal points where someone’s split-second decision to do something changed the course of history, including the outcome of wars.
Imagine the greatest amphitheater with the greatest minds and historical figures of the world gathered together to discover the answer to a question to save humanity: “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?”
Is it about success? Wisdom? Courage? Building Character? The answer is simple and will surprise you.
David Ponder is an elderly businessman having fallen into financial trouble. But his uniqueness is that he’s a “traveler” – a time traveler – having had the opportunity to go back in time to great points in history and meet people like Anne Frank, King Solomon, and Abe Lincoln.
In these travels he collected the “Seven Decisions” – 7 essential decisions that every person can make in their lives to in how they choose to live. The travels were lead by the Archangel Gabriel.
Gabriel appears to him and tells him that he’s going to be the head of the summit and the task of the summit was to answer the question that will save humanity.
I found it a bit confusing at first, but rather intriguing as I went on. The summit had rules. David had 5 chances to determine the answer and present it to Gabriel. He could call a “traveler,” as these great minds were called, for each of the 5 tries. Apparently, these folks had also traveled through time.
Though this is a work of fiction, the historical “back stories” of the characters (historical figures) are true. We meet Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, King David and a couple little-known folks who played vital roles in 2 wars.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who like philosophy, history and is looking for answers to “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?”