Book Review - The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews
Andy Andrews does a good job when it comes to writing motivational and inspirational material with a readable story wrapped around it. His latest work is The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity which is a follow-on to David Ponder's story as told in the book The Traveler's Gift. While the principle revealed in the end is important and useful if followed, I don't think this book had quite the same impactful message as The Traveler's Gift.
Summit picks up David Ponder in the golden years of his life. He's become extremely successful in business and life by spreading and using the principles he learned as a traveler going back in time to learn from those who came before him. But since his wife died, he's been lost and is ready to end his life. A visit from Gabriel and a mission to save humanity puts those plans on hold.
He is taken to a celestial "conference room" where he's charged with finding the single principle that will allow humanity to avoid imminent destruction. He's assisted by a host of historical figures who are also travelers, and together they have five chances to come up with the two word principle that Gabriel needs from them. His main partner in this effort is Winston Churchill, but they are allowed to call upon five fellow travelers who are in the audience watching and debating the potential answers. The group comes up with important principles and concepts, but each one fails to get Gabriel's approval. With time running out, they give their fifth and final answer, but that doesn't pass muster with Gabriel either. It's only through breaking a few rules that they get one additional chance to keep the human race from self-destruction.
Andrew's strength lies in being able to take the lives of historical figures and distill qualities and principles that contributed to their purpose and success. In The Final Summit, you look at people like Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington Carver in ways that history books can't duplicate. The dialogue and interactions with Ponder and others put flesh and blood on them, and as a result you learn things that you can implement in your own life.
To leave some level of surprise in the story, I'll refrain from giving away the final principle. Needless to say, it *is* something that is missing from far too many lives, mine included. I'll benefit from making this part of my own plan of action. But it focuses more on "what you do" rather than "who you are", and as such I don't think it's as powerful as the material presented in The Traveler's Gift. Even so, The Final Summit is worth reading and can make a difference in your life if you take the call to action to heart.
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