Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews

The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews is a sequel to The Traveler's Gift.  I do not normally spend my time reading fiction, however, this book is a little different. The main character, David Ponder, meets and interacts with historical people (known as “Travelers”). As a history teacher, I felt drawn to the idea of famous characters of history coming to life to help out. These characters include Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, George Washington Carver, and King David among others.

As in the first book, Ponder needs to apply certain “historically proven principles that have guided our greatest leaders” in order to save us from certain doom. Without giving the story away, this process of restoring these vital principles can save not only the world, but his own life.

I think the idea was pretty original and clever, but it could have been developed better. At times, the characters seem a bit contrived. Other times, the book seems a little like a “Self help” book. 

The biggest problem for me though, was that theologically the book is a little off.  Heaven contains people known to be pagan or atheist. The Arch Angel Gabriel acts a bit un-angelic, Jesus is only mentioned once and then for his carpentry skills. The fate of mankind is dependent upon David Ponder, when in reality it is our relationship with Jesus Christ that matters.

An interesting read, but read with caution.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson Press in exchange for an honest review.
The views expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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