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Book Review “The Final Summit”

I had the opportunity to read The Final Summit by Andy Andrews before in order to give a review.  Here it goes.

To give a quick recap, David Ponder from The Traveler’s Gift & The Noticer is back for one last adventure.  He is summoned by Gabriel to a council to find the answer to a question to save all of Humanity from Destruction.  I won’t tell you how the council ends, but I am sure that you can guess.

The story is quite engaging, much like anything else Andrews has written.  He is quite talented and takes the time to research and have actual historical data mixed into his fictional tales. Other than the quality of the story, there is not much more good to say about this book.

I have personally met Andy Andrews and had the privilege to hear him speak twice in my church.  With this experience, I know that Andy claims to be a Christian and he has written this book under what I thought was a Christian Publisher.  However, the entire point of the story of this book is entirely contrary to Scripture and anything that h should believe as a Christian.  I will say that the supposed “fix” for humanity is not bad advice, but anyone that claims to follow Jesus should should know that the one thing everyone on earth needs to do to be saved is to Trust Jesus.  I am very disappointed that Andy wrote this book.  Also with the visit of a Biblical Character to the story, you would think that he could get that story correct.

What a waste of a great story and the effort of getting accurate details for some obscure historical people to end with a very humanist, self-actualization moral to the story.  Don’t waste your time with this one.  If I had not felt obligated to finish the book before writing the review, I would not have.  Worse is I was hoping to give this to my Mother-in-law for her birthday and now I have to buy her a present.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review of “The Heart Mender”

This review is for “The Heart Mender: by Andy Andrews.  I have to say right off, that you should not read this book unless you intend to finish it.  My wife and I have both read it and neither of us were able to put it down until it was finished.  The story is lightly fictionalized History set in South Alabama during World War 2.  It is a little known fact that German Subs patrolled the Gulf of Mexico sinking ships and causing trouble during the war, but Andy Andrews’ fascination with this information leads him to discover a great story that is this book.  The places mentioned are familiar to me, having been to the area myself and the story is very intriguing since it basically really happened.  As with anything by Andy Andrews, there is a moral to the story and this one is about forgiveness.

I cannot say enough how captivating the story is in this book, and cannot tell you how much my wife liked this book as well.  You really need to get a copy of it to read today.  In fact, to help you with that, I have a copy of “The Heart Mender” to give away.  Comment on this post between now and Wednesday, July 21 and I will randomly pick one commenter to win the book.  Simple, right?  If you do not win, get your own copy and read it today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”

This review is for the book “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect,” by John Maxwell.  The premise behind this book is that many leaders say a lot of stuff, even good stuff, but many do not connect the information to their audience so that they receive it.  The book is not just for those who speak publicly, but is also geared to those who communicate in small groups and even one on one.

I found many helpful tips and ideas in the book that I can use in life.  Like anything that points out our mistakes, there were parts that were not fun to read.  It can truly be work to connect with people at times.  The great content in this book is overshadowed at times from a couple of different things, which I will mention below.

First, the book is just too long.  The author makes his point in the first page or two of the chapter and then gives 327 examples to emphasize the point.  Some chapters were laborious to get through.

Second, the most common words in the book are “I, me, and mine.”  Not that John does not have great life experience that we can all learn from, but there is even a short section written by John’s friend that talks about how great John is.

One last point, that is not a deal breaker for me,  is that you could read this book and only be vaguely aware that the author is a christian.  Not that leadership books have to excrete Bible from every page, I just expected a book by a top Christian author/speaker/pastor to mention the Bible, God or Jesus a little bit.  This may not matter to you, and really doesn’t matter to me that much, but it definitely threw me off a bit.

All in all, I would say read this book, just not late at night (unless you have insomnia).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review “Love Your Heart”

This is my first book review since middle school, so forgive me if it stinks.

The book is “Love Your Heart” by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas and illustrated by Abigail Marble.  The story is about a little girl trying to decide what to do for the talent show, in the end she decides to help a friend in need instead of performing.  The moral of the story is to do the right thing and that your heart is more important than any talent you may have.

I was a bit surprised to see Tim McGraw listed as an author, and was admittedly apprehensive about the book.  As pure story, I did not think the book flowed well, but it got the point across.  For example, the girl never decides on a talent in the story, which is not important to the moral being taught, but might help the story make more sense.  It felt like they were on page 21 and decided “we better wrap this thing up and get to the moral.”

For what my opinion matters, my daughter (7) loves the story and has confiscated the book as hers.  If you or your child cares that a story finish up all the details neatly, then this book may not work for you, but if you just want a nice story to read before bed, this will work great.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”