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The Lost Choice

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,174 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews

A work of both scholarship and imagination. The Lost Choice is a legend of personal discovery—a reminder of the opportunities we each are given.

When a young boy finds a mysterious object in the creek near his home, it starts a series of events that could change the world—again. Many search for the ancient relic's secret, but few find its truer purpose. What choices will e
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 7th 2004)
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a lot to think about. I liked the approach of learning from the lives and contributions of great people. I felt a desire to learn more about each of the characters in history who were incorporated into this novel. George Washington Carver, Booker T Washington, William Wallace and others. What counsel and advice would those individuals provide to us today? That is a question worth thinking about.

More than anything I loved the concept of this story . . . tha
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I believe that this book was a YA...however, I loved it! I loved the message that it gave and how it was given (through the past and present). It reminded me of Paul Coelho's, THE ALCHEMIST, in that it was a very positive and uplifting lesson to life.
You know if I read a book in one day, all the way through, that I really, really enjoyed it! That is not to say that others will or will not. This is just my preference in a book, and at this particular time in my life...what I really needed right
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great along with The Butterfly Effect ...both by Andy Andrews....great perspective of how one small thing I do can change the entire world.....the ending wasn't what I wanted but lots of things in life are.....but I will continue to do as God leads me to make a difference in my world!
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't think I would like this book because the beginning started out a little cheesy. A little cheese is okay every now and then, especially if the book has a good message. The moral of the story is that everyone on the planet has the potential for greatness. It is up to us to choose to act and live up to our potential. There are a few really great quotes from the book "The Lord always provides me with changing ideas. Not that I am special. The Lord provides everyone with life-changing ideas. ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed each book I've read by Andy Andrews. The mystery of this one is curious and the history behind it is intriging. The conversation between George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington concerning WHO to thank... was THE BEST. We tahnk the teacher who encouraged the child to become an author...who wrote the book that inspired a person to invent something that changed the world! Or thank the woman who created the scholarship so a young person could go to college and become the tea ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought the premise that possession of pieces of an artifact is what made all the great people in history great was a little cheesy, and I did not like the ending. But what I did like was the in depth picture into various points in history and people. For instance, where has George Washington Carver been all my life?? He is my new hero now. I enjoyed retelling what I learned to the kids at dinner.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a fun book. I loved that they incorporated different historical events into the plot. It kind of reminded me of national treasure.
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
It was ok, confusing at parts and exciting at others. Over all it wasn't too bad.
Kev Willoughby
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
What do you get when you mix “National Treasure,” a 104-year-old woman, and Joan of Arc? You get a solid historical fiction book by Andy Andrews, who is known for his love of biographies and his ability to extract inspirational life lessons from some of the most compelling lives throughout history.

I find myself saying this a lot lately, but this story starts out slowly, and it takes a good 65-70 pages to get going. Stick with it. Because once it takes off, it is enthralling, with a storyline rem
J.W. Cunningham
“And tha's where you'd be dead wrong!" Mae Mae said as she pointed her finger. "Everybody -- every single body -- makes a difference! But there is a choice that determines what kinda difference you will make. Most folks don't see how important they are... how much they matter to all of us. So they never choose to do somethin' special wif their lives. And not makin' a choice? That is a choice ... a lost one.”

Andy Andrews is a modern legend when it comes to storytelling. It has been said that the
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this book was the most different I've ever read. I began reading it with the expectation it would be like all other books - that the story line would follow along from beginning to end. Well, it kinda does, and it kinda doesn't. I'll put it this way: the interesting story line runs like a thread throughout the book, but it is interspersed by "vignettes" of historical accounts, real ones from what i could tell through my research online, of people like Booker T. Washington, Napoleon, the ...more
Charmaine Diedericks
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this a few years ago and went searching for the title to read again.

If I ever write a book, this is the type of book that I want to write. Meaningful lessons wrapped in an intriguing and beautiful story, written in a down to earth manner. I am reading a few other books at the moment, but I just don't want to finish any of them. It took me a while to realise why, pompous books, written in flowery language, with absolutely no point or meaning to any of them. This one is different, it touche
latricia y. roberts
We all have a choice

Every day we awake we have a choice to act or do nothing at all to change our lives or that of others. Today, after reading this book it clear that no matter how big or small our actions change our view or have an impact in someone's life even if it your own.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
If it were possible to give less than 1 star I would have done so.
Paul Caris
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about the power inside you

I loved the stories and the truth and principles of the power of the choices we make and the power of a life lived well.
Kim Gibson
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alisa Banda
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Compelling read. A story well woven that will keep you thinking and asking questions of your own life and choices.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was between and 3 and 4 on rating this. Andrews is a compelling storyteller - so that won out. And he creates some great characters (even if they are a bit too perfect!). The theme (and subsequent questions the reader is forced to ask) is also wonderful, but the overuse of famous people - how he intertwines them - is over the top.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this author. He weaves such wisdom into stories that are interesting and fun to read. Some of my favorites:

"Your character is your essence; it is what you are. Your character is determined by the choices you make when no one will ever know what you did....or didn't. You must build your character daily...and immediately. All blossoms of tomorrow, and all weeds as well, are in the seeds you are sowing today. Your influence, your wealth, and ultimately your legacy will be decided by this one
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
"By your hand, millions of lives will be altered, caught up in a chain of events begun by you this very day. But the opposite is true as well, millions of lives are also altered, caught up on an entirely different chain of events--if you choose to wait."
This is a precious book. At first, I thought it was another self-help book like "The Purpose Driven Life". But I was in for a surprise when i read the prologue. It was reminiscent of @paulocoelho's "The Alchemist". Althou
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a work of fiction, which involves fragments of an ancient relic and how in the hands of certain real-life historical figures (George Washington Carver, Oskar Schindler, John Adams, Alfred Vanderbilt, etc.) who while in possession of this artifact, achieved monumental gains for humankind in their choice to do what is good and right. You probably know of about the butterfly effect, or that a tiny ripple can have far-reaching effects and consequences. It really makes you think -- how histor ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it is a work of fiction, there is some fascinating history (especially about Shindler and George Washington Carver) that will inspire you to see the difference each of us makes in the world. Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
Pg 86: "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles he was overcome while choosing to succeed."
Pg 106: Do you think there are some people who never ma
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Modern day people find pieces of an archeological artifact and start to investigate where the pieces have been and what the writing on them means. The story then jumps to various time periods when people in possession of the pieces have made great efforts and/or great sacrifices, resulting in major changes in the course of history.
I found the biographical bits fascinating.
The modern day people seemed forced and lacked depth. They were just sort of filler between the good stuff and I was picturin
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Kind of Forrest Gumpesque with historical characters brought into a story of archeological detective work. Told in flashbacks the main characters are not privy to, it's a bit too much of a magical, fantasy for me. Also I found the Dorry and Mark Chandler a bit forced, especially when it came to humor. The author was, I believe, hoping the reader would see them as ordinary, everyday husband and wife, whose banter tilts toward sarcasm, but really masks an enduring love. The efforts seemed phony... ...more
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm feeling inspired already - or, I would be, if I weren't feeling so cynical. I bought this book not realizing that Andy Andrews is one of those business/motivational speaker authors. The story is a contrivance to allow him to look back at certain historical characters and focus on the "choice" they made to "do something special" with their lives choices (and, of course, by making this choice they made the world a better place and if only you would choose also to do something special with your ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Choice is a page turning thought provoker. Do our choices in life really make a difference? Thinking about the many choices we make everyday what are the personal outcomes of the results of our choices? The point of view in this book may surprise you and make you look at things from a totally new perspective. While Mr. Andrews book is fiction, it poses the very real possibilities of how our life's choices can not only change our life but also have an impact on the future of our society ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
I gave this five stars not so much for the writing but for the fact that the time spent reading it was well worth it. After listening to Andrews' book Mastering the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success I was hooked on this author. In this novel he uses the device of a history mystery to introduce historical figures and choices they made. One could say it is a gentler "Da Vinci Code" (being as there is no impending murder to keep the pages turning). He lists over a hundred websites in ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This book wasn't too bad. The adjectives and descriptions sort of threw me off .. and I don't think this was a very good choice for rising seventh graders. However, at the end of the book, none of that matters because everything pieces together. You understand everything, especially if your friend gives you a spoiler alert. This book shows the true meaning of life. "By your hand, the people shall be fed, free, saved, and live."
I gave this book 3 stars because I took off one for the ending and a
Pam Herrmann
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good book by Andy Andrews. A small boy finds a relic and his family traces it all the way back to Joan of Arc. Everyone in the history of owning the relic has achieved greatness. If you believe in yourself, what difference can you make?
Everybody - every single body - makes a difference! But there is a choice thatDid you know that Brian and Tara Jung Claus are divorced determines what kind of difference you will make. Most most folks don't see how important they are... how much they
This book was somewhat disappointing, but somewhat helpful, like the previous Andy Andrews book I read. It was a self-motivational book with a group of stories about various people, including George Washington Carver and passengers on the Titanic, fictionalized. At first I was pretty annoyed with how much skipping from time period to time period it did, but eventually got used to that. In the end, it helped me to reflect anew on the amazing and infinitely more profound and true gift of the Bible ...more
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