Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"The Final Summit" by Andy Andrews ~ Thomas Nelson Book Review

231201: The Final Summit The Final Summit

By Andy Andrews / Thomas Nelson

From the best-selling author of The Traveler's Gift comes a riveting narrative exploring the question of what to do when you don't know what to do! Follow David Ponder as he and a cast of history's best and brightest attempt to save the human race---in only five tries! 224 pages, hardcover from Nelson.


Having previously read the prequel to this book, The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews, I was looking forward to reading this one.

In a last attempt to save civilization, the main character as a Time Traveler, is asked by the angel Gabriel, "Gabriel poses a question to the two of them, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?”" and  guided in his thinking and decisions by famous historical characters providing the wealth of their wisdom and experiences.  While this should have provided some interesting scenarios (it did in the first book),  I struggled to stay interested in the story and was rather disappointed that in a work from a Christian author, the solution to mankind's problems was mankind himself rather than using the opportunity to point others to Christ.

Although the first book didn't blatantly point the reader to Christ either and was rather subtle about it, I felt this one totally missed the mark.  Many of the scenarios with the historical characters seemed to me almost pointless and silly at times.

I honestly really, really wanted to like this book.....esp. because I really, really liked the first one.  I found that I had to force myself to finish it, and my irritation with the redundancy of the story line grew as it went on.  I think I may have even rolled my eyes a few times and as chapter after chapter went on, I eventually gave up on finding the answer I was certain would be there.

The Final Summit  is a very positive book and, unfortunately, a very politically correct book.  In our very "politically correct" society, I feel that we are  lacking the depth and truth that we hunger for.  Theologically, this book is weak and although a work of fiction, a great opportunity to point those who are searching for the answer to society's ~ and mankind's ~ salvation in such a creative way is completely missed.  The correct answer ~ the only True answer ~ would be found in Christ and only in Him.

This book was provided by BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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