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The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  9,358 Ratings  ·  1,293 Reviews
Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live. When he is supernaturally selected to travel through time, he visits historical figures such as Abraham L ...more
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Published January 7th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 20th 2002)
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Bethany There is absolutely nothing inappropriate in this book. Not only that, it will change your life. Hands down the most amazing book I've ever read. Andy…moreThere is absolutely nothing inappropriate in this book. Not only that, it will change your life. Hands down the most amazing book I've ever read. Andy Andrews is an inspiring author. I also recommend reading his book "The Butterfly Effect" and "The Noticer."(less)
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Vincent Wood
Aug 13, 2011 Vincent Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I try not to give out one star ratings lightly. I only give them to what I think are the worst books, the books in which I can say afterwards that they were a waste of my precious time and I wish I had those moments of life back. This book I feel is worth that one star rating.

This is a pop psychology self help book with a religious undertone. As is popular with self help material, the author broke his work into a list. Surprisingly, he did not create an acronym to describe the ideas as well.

Jul 26, 2012 Caryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book more than 1 star because I think the seven decisions presented in the book are valid concepts to help your life go more smoothly. I mean choosing to be happy, to accept responsibility for your decisions, to forgive others, etc, etc, etc. - it's all good advice, that when correctly applied could certainly help you become more successful.
That being said, I canNOT believe how self-important this author is! The last guide he meets with tells the main character, "You have been given
May 15, 2012 Shauna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing groundbreaking, no new news here. Boring, hokey, steps most of us have learned by our early teens. Yes, there are historical inaccuracies, but that is the least of this books' problems. The set up for the story reads as if a high school english teacher asked his students to write the saddest thing they could ever think of, and then make it sadder, just, pile it on. The historic characters are so free from fault, it is difficult to draw inspiration from them. Personall ...more
M.M. Silva
Sep 16, 2012 M.M. Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good afternoon readers! This week I'm going a little off the beaten path. As most of you know, I almost always write about a mystery in my blog posts. But this week's book was a little different, and it might be something of interest to you if you need a little pick-me-up in your life. :-)

The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews is a wonderful fiction book about a forty-something-year-old man named David Ponder who's a bit down-and-out on his luck. He lost his job, his daughter needs her tonsils out,
Chris Vonada
Dec 01, 2012 Chris Vonada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Andy Andrews book that I picked up was The Traveler’s Gift, and it was as if God himself handed it to me, one of those “perfect books at just the perfect time.”

It’ s funny how things unfold according to God’s plan. Those moments of “I really don’t understand why this is happening to me,” unfold into “EUREKA!!! – Thank you Lord!!!” – I’ve learned to take it all in stride and keep living happily in the moment, learning from the past but not holding onto it, and embracing every moment of
Andy Anderson
Jun 16, 2012 Andy Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
7 Decisions that Determine Personal Success
1. The buck stops here. President Truman. Forget the past and quit blaming it on yourself or someone. You are responsible from this day forward.
2. Seek wisdom. King Solomon. Be with wise people and those who are searching for truth. Not just those who are on a journey.
3. Be a person of action. Joshua Chamberlain-Civil War-20th Maine Division. Do something. Don't be paralyzed by fear. Make decisions.
4. Have a decided heart. Christopher Columbus. Decide
Peregrine 12
Dec 09, 2010 Peregrine 12 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the worst things in print I've ever seen. Three problems:

1. Main character is 2-D. False and unbelievable. Just a prop to get us into the author's story.

2. Author references history - but his facts are WRONG. (Specifically: Truman's apparent reluctance to drop the H-bomb on Japan; history shows that not only did he do it willingly, but he refused to NOT do it when Japan tried to surrender! This incident in the story supports the nice, convenient view that every American lead
Dave Hanna
Andy Andrews, described on the book jacket as "a comedian, author, speaker, entertainer, television celebrity, and...serious fisherman," offers up this piece of fantasy historical fiction in which the protagonist, David Ponder, is about to lose everything he values because of a business gone bad. In an It's a Wonderful Life twist, he seeks to end his life, thinking that his family would be better off without him by collecting his insurance money. Rather than not being born, however, Ponder is tr ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly compelling, captivating and inspiring!

I received this book as a gift from Robert D. Smith, who is the man the book is dedicated to as well as a very close friend of the author. I was going to skim it real quick and then give it to a friend who I knew would enjoy it more but wait, I couldn't. I was in the middle of 4 other books - I LOVE to read! _ and I had to put them down and even stop doing some of my projects to devour this book. Well-done Andy Andrews!!

The story of David is so com
Kimberly Smith
Aug 03, 2012 Kimberly Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At a recent business conference I heard Andy speak. He was surprisingly funny, but had some very poignant insights into business and life. I decided to get some of his books after hearing him speak because I had learned so many things from him.

This book was great. It sucked me in right from the start. Profiling a man who lost everything he'd put into a career, his low income and low self esteem spill over into his home life and begin affecting his marriage and relationship with his daughter. Bro
Laura Scheunemann
Are you a poor, miserable, lazy, slob? Then CHOOSE not to be. There. Now you’ve read the book, too. (Oops, sorry. I’m going to forgive myself for that harsh comment so I don’t spend eternity “chained to the Mirror of Regret.”)
Perhaps it would have been more persuasive if written without the pretense of being a fictional novel and simply left in the category of “self-help.” Andy Andrews could have used the historical figures as compelling examples just as effectively and probably with more grace
Jul 08, 2010 Marliss rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, self-help
If you like feel-good pop psychology plus bad theology then you will like this book. My antenna went up when I saw the endorsement by Robert Schuller. The first decision was okay--every one needs to take responsibility.

But the second, seek wisdom, was where I got off. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and that is not Andrew's premise by a long shot.

But the time Andrews got to Anne Frank's decision to be happy and to laugh for seven seconds the first thing each morning, I started
Jun 30, 2011 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read for a book club and I otherwise would not have finished it. It is poorly written and full of recycled self-help mantras from a narcissist who imagines his own greatness to mankind. As for the historically inaccurate time travel (was Columbus looking for a new trade route or the New World full of possibilites? the author fluctuates between both), I think Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure was better done and at least more fun.
Sep 29, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my typical read. Neither bad nor great. So either a strong 2 or a weak 3 star.
Jane G Meyer
Sep 20, 2010 Jane G Meyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adultnon-fiction
At first, I felt that the book had great potential. It followed a man on his struggle to make better decisions for himself—took him on a fantasy-like journey not unlike a scrooge adventure with the ghosts. Each person he met taught him a new lesson on how to be a leader. The format was intriguing. But the further I moved through the book the more unhappy I became. At the end, I felt that the message being told is: All men are capable of greatness, which will lead to both fame and fortune. There ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shockingly amazing and easy to read! This book is filled with so much wisdom. It really makes you think about your decisions and inspires you to make a stand. Stand up for yourself and take control of your destiny. My favorite statement "Until you have accomplished what you were put on this earth to do, you will not -- you cannot-- be harmed!" God has a plan and purpose for us. It is up to us to decide to embrace our calling or continue running from it while encountering all the obstacles on our ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book I read by Andy Andrews. Not as good as Lost Choice but a worthy effort. In this book the traveler meets 7 historic people and is given wisdom and counsel from them:
1. The buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future
2. I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others.
3. I am a person of action. I seize this moment. I choose now.
4. I have a decided heart. My destiny is assured.
5. Today I will choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.
6. I will greet th
That's right. I gave it 0 stars.

I enjoy reading a lot of books and honestly don't have a very high standard. Even if a book is unintelligent I can still enjoy a good page turning plot. If the plot is slow I can still relish in thought provoking ideas and thematic exploration. This book has neither a compelling plot or an intelligent premise. The plot is terrifyingly laughable especially given that the author uses it to wallow in self-aggrandizement. Likewise, the themes are stagnant and the wri
Jan 13, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Ponders was a successful hard working husband and father. He loved his bright happy life, Until he lost his job. He had slowly climbed to the top and once he got there, he was tossed right back down. Soon money was gone. To make matters worse, his precious daughter had become sick. He soon gets fired from a part time job at a hardware store.
When life became almost unbearable something amazing happened. David finds himself driving down a highway at dangerous speed. He finds himself contem
Vicki Davis
May 18, 2012 Vicki Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would make a great gift book for students. It incorporates history and some simple lessons. For those who want high-minded ideas, you might think this book is beneath you. I like down to earth people like Andy Andrews - who was at one point homeless. It is put in simple terms even a middle school child could understand. So, if you're someone who likes history and simple language or works with children, this is a perfect book for you. It is a very fast read and I recommend the companion book ...more
I read this book for my reading class, and although it is interesting how this guy wants to end his life, thinking it'd be best for his wife and daughter. He has a car accident, and he dreams/travels to 7 different places to speak with 7 different historical people. Each person he visits has a certain lesson to teach him, a lesson that could change his whole perspective of life and how he can make it better. I gave it 2 stars, one reason because I'm not a fan of being made to read something as a ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this twice and loved it both times. Would highly recommend it. A quick,easy read that is both uplifting and entertaining.
Jordyn Redwood
Mar 03, 2017 Jordyn Redwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fictionalized account of Mastering the Seven Decisions.

Both with interesting takeaways.
Tanya W
I have to admit I feel a little guilty giving this 2 stars, because it seeks to help people improve their lives by focusing on attributes that contribute to a person's success. It is certainly harmless material and a very quick read, so you won't lose much time reading it if you are interested.

What I liked:
The principles of success are sound and good... here are a few in summary:
Encourage others to struggle and that the struggle is worthwhile.

Indecision limits the Almighty and His ability to pe
Colin H
The Book Traveler's gift is a good book to really sit down and read.The Theme is that you can’t make excuses about how you can’t do things you should always see how you can do things and what you can do.The main character is David and he doesn't really understand why he even exists.He is looking for the the 7 decisions of success.

This is a good book for all ages.There is nothing bad and it’s a really.This is the perfect book for someone that wants to be successful in life.It’s the perfect book f
Sep 10, 2011 Leane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
A friend gave this book to me as a parting gift three years ago. It sat hidden away in my bedside drawer until recently. I would call this book a self-help book in a way because it does give you short passages giving you seven decisions to make your life a success. My favorite happened to be the decision to forgive yourself and begin again each day. The book is different because it brings you these decisions through the story of a man named David Ponder. Ponder initially reminded me of a modern ...more
Kim Justice
Jul 08, 2012 Kim Justice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my readers of self help
Shelves: reviewed
Well I saw this book still on my shelf and had not had a chance to read it. So a couple of weeks ago I picked it up and lets just say I was not missing a lot.

I usually do not read many "self-help books" to begin with. I have read quit a few due to my health issues in the past and some helped some didn't. But was told this one was good so I got it and like I said laid it down and forgot.

The combination of a few genres put together in this book just was not for me. But there was some humor as we
I’ve read the book named The Traveler's Gift.

This book is the best book I’ve read in a couple of years. It shows a lot of things that could happen to a person in just a couple of days. It was a book I did not want to put down. There were less words on each page as it got more interesting.

David is the main character in this book. He has a wife and a daughter. He lost a lot of things. The book is mostly about his decisions and the future. It tells you seven steps to success.One of the people he s
Apr 23, 2012 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked the message and 7 decisions presented by this book. However, I was turned off but the somewhat hackneyed writing of the actual story.

And to be honest, I was much more interested in how the protagonist would apply these decisions in his own life and current situation, rather than seeing a glimpse of a possible future where he has already accomplished his goals. I thought it took away from the message that the protagonist was basically told, apply these things and you will be successful be
Mar 30, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure this is my first 1-star rating. It was cheesy, it was predictable, and it would have been better enjoyed if it was an article (Reader's Digest?) or a short story. I read it because a lovely and dear friend really recommended it, and I feel like I couldn't adequately judge it without finishing this book.

So I finished it. And boy do I want to judge. So bad. So ridiculously bad. It's a fiction meets self-help story that you don't need to read because if you're 35 or older you shoul
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~ Hailed by a New York Times writer as a "modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America."

~ Spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents

~ Every single minute a book by Andy Andrews is sold somewhere in the world!

~ New York Times Bestselling Author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift

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