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The Lost Choice

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,140 Ratings  ·  157 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
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published May 7th 2004)
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
It was ok, confusing at parts and exciting at others. Over all it wasn't too bad.
Kev Willoughby
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
Charmaine Diedericks
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
Alisa Banda
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one again Andy Andrews did not disappoint. This book follows an object, or rather a collection of objects, instead of a person or a timeline. Because it is about objects and their significance in history, the book covers many different people and places. It was about the 3rd or 4th chapter when I finally started seeing how the different stories connected. Andy Andrews is masterful with storytelling that gives wisdom and insight, incorporating historical figures and events to weave a captivating ...more
Jason Craig
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fictions go it was fairly good. Most fictions these days are romance novels, so to find one that isn't was a refreshing (hence why I don't read many fictions). The best thing I can compare it to was the movie, national treasure (loved that movie), as the story develops more and more clues are uncovered and the great part about it is how he weaves in real historic events and people. I don't want to spoil the plot, so I wont dissect the theology, but I will say that while this book claims to ...more
A boy finds an ancient object in a creek behind his house. Upon investigation, the object is linked to historical figures who served their fellow man in different ways. Other artifacts are discovered with similar inscriptions that prompt/inspire the possessors to a higher calling.
The book was inspiring to me and left me with a feeling that while I do not have an ancient artifact, I do have a responsibility to serve others. Of course I do have the scriptures...ancient writings that tell me to do
Matt Bailey
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Similar in nature to The Alchemist in which it is kind of a self-help book in novel form. It is slow at times and seems to be missing some story but still well worth the read.
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