Christian author, comedian, and motivational speaker Andrews has crafted a breezy little fantasy reminiscent of classics like A Christmas Carol and the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. He combines self-help with fiction to the catch readers’ interest, and sustain drive while, simultaneously, exposing positive-thinking instructions.
With his can-do style, the author describes the symbolic tragedy of one likable David Ponder, whose distress begins when he loses his job, his confidence and mainly his drive for life. Our hero finds himself at a midlife crossroads that deprives him of what is crucial in life.
Some pseudo-intellectuals may find this story line too simplistic, but Andrews does an excellent job at presenting positive ideas for defeating life’s barriers. Deliciously readable and sentimentally controlled to avoid exaggerations, this book is above others on the list of works of the same type.
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Andy Andrews is a contemporary Will Rogers that has slowly grown into one of the most influential writers and lecturers in America. (read mini-bio)
The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success
Fiction Character Growth Christian Inspirational Self-Help
April 30, 2005
kindle, paperback, hardcover, audible
mature kids and up.
This book is an exciting work of inspiration inside a fun time-travel story.
After a succession of losses, with a wife and daughter to support, he becomes seriously distraught and contemplates suicide. Ponder becomes unconscious after a car disaster and is magically transported into seven historical notables in critical points in history, that form the essence of this book.
At each point, he meets a historical figure that imparts one of the seven key decisions that, Andrews affirms, are essential for personal success. Each of them grants our titular "traveler" tips as written "Decisions for Success," which he then learns.
After his journey through time, Ponder recovers consciousness in a hospital just to find that he is holding the letters given to him.
At book's end, there is a strong element of faith, but Andrews uses a light touch. Despite writing from a Christian viewpoint, the author's overall messages will affect a wide array of readers.
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