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

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David Ponder is back--and this time, the fate of mankind may be in his hands.

This is humanity's last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent mankind hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship--and that answer is only two words.

With time running out, it is up to David Po
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ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published February 26th 2011)
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Nadine Larter
I feel a little emotional as I write this. I do realize that I might be a bit of an odd book reader, and being brought to tears by literature is something that happens to me often, but I did very much appreciate this book. Andy Andrews seems to have taken all the genres I generally avoid (Christian, self-help and historical) and meshed them into an extraordinary tale. Now when I say I avoid these three genres, it is not because I don't like them so much as it is a case of I have never bothered w ...more
Laurieann
Sep 03, 2012 Laurieann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never having read one of the author’s works, I began this one with a hesitant and preconceived expectation this would be an agonizingly dry chore. Little did I know that by the end of the first paragraph, page 1, the author would have my rapt attention for the duration of the main character’s quest to identify the one universal commitment to save humanity from extinction.

Already in what should be his golden years, David Ponder, an accomplished and successful business man, finds himself unable to
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Sean Goh
Aug 24, 2016 Sean Goh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pers-dev
It does seem that all the good self-help/inspirational books convey their message through telling a story, and this book was no exception. Lots of highlights, helpfully bunched together by theme.
This book may cause me to pick up a few biographies (which I don't usually read).
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Tact is a human trait needed only by those who hesitate to tell the truth.

In the Valley of the Shadow of Death we are allowed to think and brood. We experience loneliness and gain humility. We learn to
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Laura Hartness
Christian fiction with allegorical as well as overt spiritual messages has always been a favorite of mine. As is mentioned in Fred Lygrand’s book, Glaen, the best way to hold readers’ attention with non-fiction concepts is to mix in a bit of tension-meets-resolution narrative. Authors C.S. Lewis and John Bunyan were masters of this genre, deftly blending compelling stories with timeless truths. Jesus Christ himself used storytelling to convey many of his lessons.

In The Final Summit, Andy Andews
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Jennifer
Aug 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am normally a fan of Andy Andrews, but I was very disappointed with his newest book.

David Ponder, the hero of Andrew's The Traveler's Gift, is now in his 70s and has recently lost his wife. While struggling with his grief and contemplating living life alone, David receives a visit from the Archangel Gabriel. The angel whisks him away to a final summit to determine the fate of mankind. David and many key figures from American and world history are tasked to determine what people must do to res
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Susan
Jan 21, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Inspirational fiction? Sounded interesting so I randomly pulled the book off the library shelf.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It's pretty well written and an interesting premise. Time travel and a meeting with a bunch of cool historical folks (Joan of Ark and Winston Churchill were my favs) and how to save the world with Two Words. Wow
Valerie
Sep 28, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book -- and liked the first book about David Ponder, "The Travelers Gift."
Paul
Jun 12, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
In reviewing The Final Summit, I feel that I need a few caveats. For one thing, I have not read the first book, although I never got the feeling that one needs to have read the first in order to understand the sequel, since this one reviews the seven decisions. For another, I understand that this is intended to be a motivational work rather than a novel or a strict work of fiction, but I am going to review it as a work of literature. I read somewhere that good ideas and tales are often destroyed ...more
Brenda
Seven Decisions
#1 - Harry Truman- page from book ,The Buck Stops Here, about the power or responsibility
#2 - King Solomon - I will seek wisdom
#3 - Joshua Chamberlain - I am a person of action
#4 - Christopher Columbus - I have a decided heart
#5 - Anne Frank - Today I will choose to be happy
#6 - Abe Lincoln - I will greet each day with a forgiving spirit
#7 - I will persist without exception

"It takes self-discipline to practice, because practice is rarely exciting. But I
understood the principle
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Becky
May 23, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is essentially a modern self-help book disguised as a novel. I have to start this by saying that I am a sucker for a good self-help book. I love the classics like Norman Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie, but there's wisdom to be found in the more modern self-help books as well.

The Final Summit is actually the follow-up to The Traveler's Gift. I hadn't read this book yet, but it was briefly recapped in the beginning of The Final Summit so that I was able to get the
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Ellen
What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

How would you answer the following question? "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?" What if you had advisors from all of history to help you answer this puzzle? Who would you choose to enlighten you on the "pathway" and its restoration?

At age 74, David Ponder is at a loss. His beloved wife and partner had died 18 months ago in her sleep and he no longer knows wh
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Heavensent1
The Final Summit is the follow up novel of author, Andy Andrews, first successful literary hit, The Traveler's Gift.

David Ponder is nearing the end of his life, his wife has recently died, leaving him lonely and miserable. At seventy four years of age, life is slowing down and there are no more surprises around the corner. Or so it would seem for the average person, however, David has a destiny to fulfill.

One night, after another boring, routine day, David is visited by the angel Gabriel who inf
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Apr 11, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that. - Joseph Campbell(1904-1987)


David Ponder is getting older and has recently been widowed. one night, he misses his wife so badly. in his grief, he retrieves a very precious tobacco pouch which contain the Seven Decisions For Success - gifts from significant historical personages or Travelers he encountered in his previous time travel 28 years ago. thes
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Bryan
This book is a great simple read for a weekend or a business trip hotel read. For full disclosure, I quickly read through The Travelers Gift & Mastering the Seven Decisions before reading this book and found many of the leadership qualities he presents to be similar but different from the mainstream NYTimes business bestsellers. The wisdom he presents continues to be Biblical and Angelic in its scope.

The premise this time around is that all of history's Travelers have been convened in one c
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Daniel Butcher
Mar 28, 2011 Daniel Butcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle that Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews
Andy Andrews in The Final Summit continues the story of Traveler David Ponder from The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success. Ponder has used the wisdom he gathered as a Traveler well. He has built a successful business, loved well and is loved by those who work for him. He used the seven decisions to not only put his life on track but to overcome a business failure later in lif
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Vivian
Apr 02, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet David Ponder, a 74 year old real-estate developer. David has had his ups and downs, financially and otherwise, but through it all he overcomes. After suffering an injury that leaves him comatose, David is allowed to travel through time, meeting various influential people and is presented with the "Seven Decisions for Success." He then uses these principles or "decisions" as the guiding focus for his life and tries to teach them to others. This is one of the reasons he has been chosen to lea ...more
Genna Evelyn
Nov 28, 2012 Genna Evelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Final Summit (Subtitle: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity) is the second book in a series beginning with “The Traveller’s Gift”. You do NOT need to read the first book in order to enjoy the second though, as I found out unwittingly.

The story is essentially a fantasy wherein main character is David Ponder, a man chosen by God to head up a summit (conference) -- of people comprised of hundreds of notable characters from world history – to attempt to use their collective
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Nikole Hahn
Apr 11, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one moved. Finally, Winston blinked and shook his head slightly. “I’m sorry,” he said. “Seems like yesterday. My point was, I suppose, that as long as there is breath, there is hope.” – Pg. 87

The Final Summit was an unusual combination of fiction and historical fact. It’s part of a series about a group of Travelers whose travels span time and place for a divine purpose. I got into this series late beginning with The Final Summit. David Ponder returns and has to find the one concept that could
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Karie Hall
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Susan
May 23, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the sequel without reading the first book has been problematic in the past, by happily there is enough of the back-story provided that this well-written book can indeed stand on its own.

We encounter David Ponder sometime after his adventures of the first book, as well as sometime after his beloved wife of more than 40 years has passed quietly in her sleep. He is distraught and seemingly adrift in his own little world. He reminisces about his wife and seeks solace in his sachet of memento
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Lynnda Ell
Apr 11, 2011 Lynnda Ell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynnda by: BookSneeze
Three Perspectives

As a writer, I often read a book with double vision. First, I try to become immersed in the story as every reader does. I also read most books with an eye on the quality of the writing. With the books I review for Thomas Nelson, however, I include a third factor: how well the book points people toward God. The Final Summit disappointed me from all three perspectives.

The Final Summit is a sequel to The Traveler’s Gift and Andy Andrews summarizes that book in the first chapter.
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Theresa
Apr 03, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Final Summit is the second book about David Ponder, our intrepid Traveler first introduced in "The Travelers Gift" in which he travels back in time and learns of the 7 decisions one needs to make in order to find great success. The Final Summit is a self-contained novel in and of itself and it is unnecessary to read The Travelers Gift in order to understand the storyline.

In The Final Summit, David Ponder is older and recently widowed. Having acheived great success by following the 7 decisio
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Brenten Gilbert
for those who have read The Traveler’s Gift, the mention of David Ponder immediately stirs up memories and expectations for what appears to be a sequel of sorts… for the rest of us, Ponder is little more than a curious widower holed up in his penthouse suite atop a 55-story skyscraper adorning downtown Dallas… we think he may be suicidal, but we do know for sure that he’s been sequestered by the archangel Gabriel for a special mission… previously, Ponder has been whisked away through time and sp ...more
Starr
May 07, 2011 Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Ponder is back and this time his task is to answer a question, his answer is humanity’s last chance. The archangel Gabriel visits David, but this time he stands at the precipice of a decision. If he fails humanity will be reorganized as it was when the Flood happened. Gabriel comes at a time when David is saddened by the death of his wife and small shreds of doubt in himself begins to set in. David will meet with all of the previous Travelers and will take the chance to save humanity. Seat ...more
Amanda
The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity is a follow-up to The Traveler’s Gift. This is my first Andy Andrews book, so I started this book not knowing any background or what to expect. Andrews does a great job of filling the reader in on pertinent facts from The Traveler’s Gift, so it’s not necessary to read that book first, although I do wish I had just because I dislike reading books out of order. In The Final Summit, David Ponder is called to a meeting with ...more
Elaine
Feb 20, 2017 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thought provoking book. Andy is wise beyond his years.
Nate LaClaire
Jun 13, 2011 Nate LaClaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is the one principle that will save humanity? That is the question that David Ponder and a bevy of historical figures must answer in The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity, the latest novel by acclaimed speaker and writer Andy Andrews. Mankind’s greed, pride, and hate have brought us to the brink of destruction and now God has given us one last chance at salvation by bringing together the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, George Washington Car ...more
Mike
Mar 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you ready to participate in what could be the last opportunity to find the answer which will save humanity? You will have this opportunity as soon as you open the thought provoking novel , "The Final Summit", by Andy Andrews. As the cover on this book states, ' A Quest to find the one principle that will Save Humanity', is about to convene.

David Ponder the main character, is a seventy year old man, who has seen things that most people are unaware of. He has had the opportunity to become a
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Laura
Apr 10, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: THE FINAL SUMMIT
Author: Andy Andrews
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7852-3120-2
Genre: Inspirational/self-help/motivational/general

David Ponder is seventy-seven years of age, and he’s feeling depressed, like nothing is worth living for anymore. His dear wife is now gone, and David is considering ending it all. He gets out the pouch filled with the treasures from his first time traveling trip, and starts thinking about how he brought himself back from nothing with the help of
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Tiffany
Feb 08, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-to-review
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is another book featuring David Ponder. He is first seen in Andy's book The Traveler's Gift. I have never read that book and although there were a few allusions to that book it did not detract from the story. In this book David is giving the challenge to answer one question that can save humanity from itself. It is the last chance for them (no pressure right?). The question is "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the ...more
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