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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 farfrom its original purpose. There is only one solution that canreset the compass and right the ship—and that answer is onlytwo words.

With time running out, it is up to David Ponder an
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 26th 2011)
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Nadine Larter
Jan 06, 2015 Nadine Larter rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2012 Laurieann rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Hartness
Apr 11, 2011 Laura Hartness rated it it was ok
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
Aug 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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
Jan 24, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was ok
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
Jan 28, 2016 Uma rated it really liked it
1CThe Final Summit 1D by 18Andy Andrews 19 is a sequel to his book The Traveler's Gift. In this historical fiction, our hero David Ponder returns back. 74 year old Ponder is in a personal crisis after losing his wife. He travels back in time with the archangel Gabriel to find out the one principle that will save humanity. Many travelers gather at the summit to find out the solution. The gathering is allowed only five tries to discover that answer.

One should read the story to enjoy those soluti
Elizabeth Madison
Jul 15, 2015 Elizabeth Madison rated it it was amazing
It is very hard to describe this book; it is that amazing! The Final Summit by Andy Andrews was given to me by my niece last week (thank you); I feel it is genius. I can't say too much about it because it is so hard to describe, but here is a short synopsis. Given the state of our world these days, with all the political rancor, the division, cultural diversity, racial divide, greed, mistrust, celebrating celebrity as hero worship, moral questioning, life lived through social media, on and on... ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Marie rated it really liked it
I nearly didn't get this book. After reading "The Heart Mender" by Andy Andrews, and not enjoying it much at all, I wasn't sure about getting another of his books. This one, however, sucked me right in and I was hooked pretty much from start to finish.

While I didn't agree with certain specific points, most of the book was fantastic - and exactly what I needed to read right now. It's challenging, motivating, and a good kick in the butt. READ WITH A HIGHLIGHTER.

The characters in the story are deve
Miriam Jacob
Jun 26, 2015 Miriam Jacob rated it it was amazing
In "The Final Summit," Andy Andrews, a gifted writer and a world-class communicator, creates a classic piece of literature for our times, in a unique and powerful blend of history, science and religion. Drawing upon words, carefully culled from the deep recesses of his own heart, Andy Andrews deals with life's most baffling issues, to make history come alive, by utilising the help of hundreds of his fellow Travelers through the centuries, as David Ponder strives hard to discover the one solution ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I read "The Traveler's Gift" by Mr. Andrews two years ago, and got introduced to a marvelous world of historical figures and what they could teach us about our world now!

This book is a sequel to "The Traveler's Gift" and is set 30 years after the first one. Mankind has reached the pinnacle of of its own destruction, and the archangel Gabriel summons the main character of the first book, David Ponder, to a summit of fellow "travelers" to decide what must be done to prevent it.

If you are a histo
Jul 04, 2014 LAWonder10 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to inspire on in search of answers to life's problems. Although it is more of a narrative than an actual story, it presents a lot of historical figures in debating main issues. It is a lesson in history, in debate, in key events wrapped up in fantasy.

The characterizations were humorous & descriptive in an unique way. I listened to this book on CDs. The author - Andy Andrews - added effectiveness in the marvelous manner he created the voices on the CDs. He did an excelle
Feb 22, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it
Loved this book -- and liked the first book about David Ponder, "The Travelers Gift."
Apr 22, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
So David is a "traveler" that was visited by the archangel Gabriel with a mission, to have humanity. David and a board of fellow "travelers" are required to answer a question correctly in order to save humanity, both individually and collectively. Fast forward to the "board Meeting" and they are deliberating the answers and the steps taken make sense to a degree and i understood them, though it seemed to me that it was a little drawn out. The book went into a bit of detail for each "board member ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
The Final Summit
Andy Andrews
Thomas Nelson
Nashville, Tennessee
ISBN-10: 078523120X

David Ponder has been chosen to lead The Final Summit for three reasons; he is the only Traveler currently alive, he has been judged to be effective in using wisdom he gathered as a Traveler, and he is the only Traveler to represent the common man. And so the story begins . . .

David has lost his way and forgot all he learned when he was a Traveler in time. The archangel, Gabriel, is God’s servant, and is told
Apr 27, 2011 Wyndy rated it it was amazing
I have not read the previous book but I can certainly recommend this one, it stands on it's own perfectly well. It was a great read, at the beginning I had the feeling that I was almost reading an Og Mandano story and found it neat that Og was mentioned as being at the "summit" later on in the story. The background of the life of David Ponder is laid out first, but not in a way that would be boring to anyone who has read the other books. Many life lessons are presented in a "you are capable of d ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Darlyn rated it really liked it
I didn't know that this book is actually a sequel to the first book. I picked it with just being interested with the synopsis. The story is actually about a quest of a man named David Ponder, as he is summoned by the great Archangel Gabriel where he gets to meet a lot of interesting and wonderful people throughout history in order to save humanity. The book can be portrayed as a great quest of Christian faith and history. Nevertheless, I like the book as well as the character of David Ponder. Hi ...more
Nikole Hahn
Apr 11, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing
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
The final summit, where David is called along with fellow 'travelers' to find the answer to the question "What does Humanity need to do individually and collectively to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization".
In a 2 word answer, given a time limit, and only allowing 5 additional travellers to discuss it, and only 5 guesses. Intense!

A majority of the novel takes place at the summit, around a beautiful table crafted by the boss's son (Jesus). Yet we are taken throughout diffe
Jun 07, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2011 Wendi rated it liked it
The Final Summit
By Andy Andrews
Published by Thomas Nelson

In The Final Summit, 74-year-old David Ponder contemplates his life, devoid of pleasure after the passing of his beloved wife. As visions of his past plague him, he receives a visit from an old acquaintance… the Archangel Gabriel.

Swept up to a summit assembly made up of the greatest leaders throughout the ages, Ponder is selected to lead this event as the only person of their kind who is living at the current time. Charged with a grave ta
Jun 22, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
When I finished this book, I kind of felt like there wasn't really anything that happened. About 95% of the book happened in one room where all they did was talk. Sure they had to try to figure out how to save all of humanity, but in order to do so all of the important figures in history had to talk about the solution. I haven't read The Traveler's Gift, which was the book before this one and introduced the whole concept behind the main character being able to travel through time to meet histori ...more
May 16, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Today I am reviewing The Last Summit -A Quest To Find The One Principle That Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews. This book’s main character David Ponder is in what I called act three of his life. He is in his seventies widowed and grieving. He is then given a high task by the Archangel Gabriel. Operation solve the world’s problem and save the world from ending. I have to say talk about pressure. Don’t worry David is given a lot of smart and fun characters to help. I loved this book! I wish I cou ...more
Apr 26, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it liked it
The Final Summit
A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity

By Andy Andrews
Published by Thomas Nelson

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is a sequel to his previous novel, The Traveler's Gift. While it would help the reader to have the background from the earlier novel, it is not necessary to understand this work. David Ponder, a character from the first novel, is paid yet another visit by the archangel Gabriel. David, along with the other Travelers throughout history, have been summo
Feb 14, 2012 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Title: The Final Summit.

Author: Andy Andrews.

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Sequel, Humorous, Save-The-World.

Plot: David Ponder, the seventy-four-year-old protagonist, stands alone in his lofty apartment, contemplating the recent loss of his beloved wife Ellen and the past twenty-eight years since he first went on the adventure of his life. He had been at his darkest point then also. But David is about to learn that his adventures aren't over yet and his help is needed to save humanity.

Whisked away
Autumn Blues Reviews
Apr 10, 2011 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it really liked it
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A history lesson in the most unique and enjoyable form I have ever come across, Andrews is absolutely ingenious.

I found The Final Summit slow at the start and somewhat confusing. I wasn't sure where Andrews was headed with the story about the security guard and the building and felt he could have given this part of the book less emphasis, concentrating more on the actual summit or the ending of the book. Once Archangel Gabriel appeared and Ponder was taken to the summit I was totally in awe of t
Karie Hall
Apr 11, 2011 Karie Hall rated it it was ok
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Apr 10, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
The Final Summit tells the continued story of David Ponder, who has been called by the archangel Gabriel to lead a meeting of some of the greatest minds in history. The subject of the meeting is the determination of the one solution that will restore a moral compass to humanity.

I haven't read the earlier novel with this character, but that did not stop me from understanding this book. The story is part fantasy and part philosophy. On the one hand, we have a fictionalized discussion of what value
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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