Friday, July 8, 2011

The Last Summit

In The Final Summit, Andy Andrews seeks to find "the one guiding principle that will save humanity." He does this by telling a story of a man named David Ponder as he interacts with the archangel Gabriel. Andrews places his main character with historical figures, most of them well known, in a fictitious place somewhere between earth and heaven. They engage in philosophical discussions and discourses. It is a work of fiction with slices of truth thrown in along with tit bits of history. The book is written very much in the style used by C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce, Peter Kreeft's Between Heaven and Hell and Ravi Zacharias' The Lamb and The Fuhrer.

This is my first encounter with David Ponder, but it is not the character's first appearance. The book is a sequel to The Traveller's Gifts. I found this book easy reading. The idea of one guiding principle to save humanity ( from itself) seem too good to be true. Especially when that principle could be summed up in two words. Though i some what disagreed with the outcome of the book, I have no doubt that Andy Andrews achieved his goal for the book and that is that to set the reader (me) thinking about the ideas espoused in it.

Andrews' treatment of the historical figures was pretty good from my point of view. I'll give the book 4 stars out of 5. If you waiting for what those two words are : read the book.

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