BookTuesday: The Final Summit

Yes, it’s Monday. Occasionally, in exchange for a free book, I have to write a review with a due date. This is one of those cases. The date? Today, April 11. So, BookTuesday on Monday.

What is the book? This book is Andy Andrews’ newest book: The Final Summit. Here’s the Amazon link:

The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity

Here are a few things this book is not about:

  1. Quitting mountain climbing. It’s not that kind of summit.
  2. Crystal-clear theology. Let’s clear that up right quick: This book is a fictional story, not a theological treatise. You should never base your theology on fiction. Ever. Fiction illustrates principles and can teach principles, but take the principles from fact.
  3. It’s not about a feather, no matter what the cover art seems to show.

Ready to move on?

Good. This book is about:

History. Andrews is at his best when taking historical facts and weaving them into points that the reader can apply right now. He did this for The Traveler’s Gift, The Lost Choice, The Heart Mender, and The Butterfly Effect. Yes, those are most of his books. (No, that’s not an affiliate link, so go buy the books straight from the source.) The Final Summit is no exception. He has woven the lives of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and others into a captivating tale.

As someone who read and enjoyed The Traveler’s Gift, I was pleased that this was the continuation of the life of David Ponder, the only fictional person to feature heavily in both books. We find in The Final Summit that Ponder has reached nearly the end of his life, and is reflecting on it, when a different crisis hits.

He, among dozens of others, are summoned to answer the question “What must humanity do to restore the path to true civilization?” They have 6 chances to get the answer right, and they have a time limit.

Oh, and it’s just two words.

Combining wit, wisdom, and inspiration, Andy Andrews takes us through the questions, wrong answers, nearly right answers, to what he thinks is most important.

Personally, I agree with his conclusion. You need to read the book to know what it is, but even as theologically conservative as I am, as passionate as I am that God is sovereign in the affairs of men, the universe, and elves (H/T J.R.R. Tolkien), Andy’s hit this one straight on.

This is well worth your time to read.

Want more info?

Check out a brief video interview with Andy on Michael Hyatt’s blog. Follow the instructions, and you might even get a free book from it!

Also, click over to Ann Hibbard’s blog and read her review today as well. She’s never read The Traveler’s Gift, so she’ll bring the perspective of first meeting David Ponder at The Final Summit. Plus, she’s a better writer than I am anyway :)

Get this book. Give this book to graduates, students, preachers, teachers, and horse thieves. We could all use it.

Doug

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