The Final Summit- Andy Andrews
Andy Andrews is hailed as an inspirational speaker and story teller. The Final Summit is his newest novel, a sequel to The Traveler's Gift.
In The Final Summit, David Ponder is summoned by the archangel Gabriel to be a part of a summit convened to be the last hope for humanity. Humanity teeters on self-destruction. And it is up to Ponder, a previous time traveler in The Traveler's Gift, to lead the summit that will discuss what could be humanity's final hope. The summit attendees, all past time travelers, are to discuss among themselves and answer Gabriel's question to determine what principle humanity must return to in order to save themselves. As time ticks away, the summit attendees fail again and again to find the correct answer to the question. Will they reach a consensus and the right answer before it is too late.
If you were to pick up this novel thinking it was a Christian read because it is published by a Christian publisher and because Andy Andrews is called an "inspirational" speaker and writer then you would be disappointed. If you are just looking for an "inspiring" read with a few platitudes and feel good sentiments thrown in, you may enjoy this read.
I was disappointed. None of the hope for humanity that the summit's deliverers discussed even remotely resembled truths one might find in the Bible. Instead we read lots of feel good slogans. The characters who have been summoned to appear in this place which we assume is heaven or some "in between place" are historical figures who may or not have been believers in real life. Gabriel, the archangel himself, refers to an early civilization that existed millions of years ago. And the very fact that these characters are involved in a summit in which they can determine the fate of humanity totally discounts God in His sovereignty.
Although I liked The Boy Who Changed the World by Andrews when I reviewed it, after this read, I won't be looking for anything else by Andrews.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.