I just finished reading an awesome book, The Final Summit by Andy Andrews, provided by BookSneeze on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing. What if the weight of the world was upon your shoulders? Humanity's future was laid into your hands? David Ponder, an older gentleman whom learned many lessons from his life lived, is given that insumountable task placed before him in Andrews' novel. The Creator has had enough of the evil choices civilization continues to collectively make destroying themselves in the process. David Ponder is guided by the archangel, Gabriel to a meeting of some of the greatest minds of ages past to answer the posing question with in a set time period. How can humanity turn back upon the path to being a sucessful civilization?
Novels are usually not my first choice reads. This time I was pleasantly surprised by the provocative writings of Mr. Andrews. It was refreshing to read a book that is somewhat historically based that incorporates philosophy and yet is primarily fictional. As with most novels I have a tendency to have a difficult time getting into the book. By about the second chapter I was enjoying my time, a bit further I was hooked and the last 50 pages I simply could not put The Final Summit down.
Andy Andrews introduces historically famous characters into the narrative. The wit of Winston Churchill is evident and brings some smiles as does the likes of King David. Though a few notable names seemed to be dropped in for prestige or simple mention, most of the notables contributed a lot of life to the book. In fact, I had to remind myself that it was indeed a fictional narrative. As David Ponder sits in a great, divinely illuminated hall surrounded by these other characters I could only picture the scene too well as they conversed. It would be such an honor to be surrounded by their likes.
During the exchanges as the characters seek the solution to humanity's demise I found the arguments for the proposed virtues intriguing to say the least. Once they stumble upon the answer after the allotted time was passed, the solution was simple in statement, yet rather harder to execute. It would be wonderful if everyone would take the time and make the sacrifice to live their lives with action rather than words. Andy Andrews definitely has penned The Final Summit with care, thought and imagination. I am thankful that he has fueled my mind with his ingenuity and passion.