“The Final Summit” by Andy Andrews

Andrews writes the sequel to the popular fictional tale of David Ponder (The Traveler’s Gift), from where David learned the seven decisions. In this adventure, we journey with David to the Final Summit – where humanity’s survival is dependent on a council of Travelers attempting to answer the ultimate question – what must humanity do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward a successful civilization. Bringing characters from the first tale to help in this quest, along with new faces, Andrews again presents business practices and perspectives in the concept of everyday living, with the concept of success hinged on our existence.

 

Andrews manages to write enjoyable fiction, even if he gets unnecessarily lost in the descriptive details. The entire book, however, was quite predictable. Andrews incidentally foreshadowed each step to come, using classic literary errors. Only one twist appeared, of which there is gratitude for that twist itself. Overall, this book is not suspenseful, and in many ways, not entertaining. The overall plot was quite dramatic, basing destruction of humanity off business perspectives, and self-effort, instead of faith. For being a heavenly scene, there is quite a lot incorrect theologically. Understanding creative license comes with fiction, Andrews nevertheless overperformed in being theologically incorrect, portraying G-d as more destructive than loving, impatient (as well as Gabriel), and determining whether humanity should survive or not based off their own efforts. The message, “do something,” is not enough. It never will be. Andrews fell below the mark on this book, and displayed concerns over potential belief in false doctrines.

 

Overall, this book should not be read. The mass population of readers and moviegoers tend to believe what they read or see, especially when fact is blended with fiction. Andrews’ blending of major fiction with true characters (and their lives) sets many up to believe false doctrines, much like what The Shack unfortunately accomplished. While this may seem harmless, Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons do the same thing – 90% truth with 10% lies results in belief in the lies. This book, while fair fiction, is a one-star rating and deserving of the discard section.

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