I recently received a copy of The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews, from booksneeze.com, to read and review. Although this book is categorized as fiction, I found it to be more of a “motivational” nature. In fact, the book says of itself, that it “explores the historically proven principles that have guided our greatest leaders for centuries, and how we might restore these principles in our own lives…before it’s too late.”
The basic storyline involves the archangel Gabriel, a host of “great” men and women from all throughout history (from King David, to Joan of Arc, to Winston Churchill, to Benjamin Franklin, and so on), and one representative of the “common man” still living on earth (David Ponder). These men and women are gathered by Gabriel in an attempt to save humanity from imminent destruction. They are to figure out among themselves the answer to a question, the one thing that mankind needs to do to return to being a successful civilization. If they fail, the consequence is that mankind will be wiped off the face of the earth, and God will “start over” with His creation.
As for my opinion of the The Final Summit, it is not entirely favorable. First of all, I found it to be extremely easy to read; it took me just an hour to read through its entirety. It was written well but in a very simple style, perhaps too simple for the subject matter. Second, it is clearly not based on Scripture; for we know that God alone determines the end of time as we know it; He does not need man to “return to the right path” in order to thwart coming destruction. He will destroy the wicked when He alone chooses to do so. Also, for beginning in such a “spiritual” way, the group of men of women chosen to alter the fate of mankind is decidedly unspiritual. Many of them are clearly unbelievers in God, and none of their “historically proven principles” have anything to do with returning to God and putting faith in Him – the only principle that will save any man. Finally, even as a motivational book, it falls short of others available to us (such as The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People or How to Win Friends and Influence People), which make no attempt to masquerade as something “Christian” and certainly provide more food for thought than this book.
Sadly, though many have enjoyed and even perhaps gleaned some truth from The Final Summit, I would be hesitant to recommend it.
Book review posted simultaneously at amazon.com.