Book Review – The Final Summit by Andy Andrews
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Final Summit, the latest offering from author Andy Andrews. On the one hand Mr Andrews is a Christian author, and his publisher Thomas Nelson is a Christian publisher, while on the other hand there was much to suggest that this would be some kind of self help book. So I guess I was expecting a Christian self help book of some description.
Unfortunately I was to be disappointed.
The basic premise of the book is that the main character of the book, David Ponder, is taken by the Archangel Gabriel to meet with and lead a group of people known as travelers (taken from Psalm 39) in order that they might save humanity by answering in two words the question, “What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?”
The travelers were all famous people from our history including the likes of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Albert Einstein, Anne Frank and King David amongst others. The exception was a gentleman I had never heard of by the name of Eric Erickson, who was credited with playing a major role in our victory over Hitler in world war two. I must admit that I was a little surprised to see what I thought was a fictitious character inserted into the plot until I read in the author’s note that Erickson wasn’t a fictitious character at all, his story and contribution were all true.
Gabriel told the travelers they were to be given five chances to get the correct answer and, while it came as no surprise that their first attempts were incorrect, what did surprise me that the suggested answers to the question had no spiritual basis whatsoever. I was expecting answers like “obey God” but got answers like “restore hope” instead.
I think the biggest surprise was reserved for what was deemed to be the correct answer, which I could only describe as, well let’s call it ‘shallow’ and leave it at that.
In summary I would have to say that purely as a piece of fiction The Final Summit was an easy enough light read, and to be fair to the author it is well written, but as a serious piece of Christian literature it was sadly lacking in any real Christian content.
I was provided with a free review copy of the book by the publisher Thomas Nelson and I would have to say I am glad I didn’t actually pay for it. I would best summarize it as ‘not my cup of tea.’