Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews *Review*

Forty-six year old David Ponder feels like a total failure. Once a high-flying executive in a Fortune 500 company, he now works a part-time, minimum wage job. His wife makes more money than he does by cleaning houses, and he drives an old car with a mismatched fender and a heater that no longer works.
Then an even greater crisis hits: his daughter becomes ill, and he can't afford to get her the medical help she needs. When his car skids on an icy road, he wonders if he even cares to survive the crash.
But an extraordinary experience awaits David Ponder. He finds himself traveling back in time, meeting leaders and heroes at crucial moments in their lives. From the European theater of World War II to an ancient Middle Eastern king's throne room, from a Civil War battlefield to a warehouse in heaven, David encounters some of the wisest people who ever lived. Abraham Lincoln, King Solomon, Anne Frank, Harry Truman, and others teach him unforgettable life lessons. By the time his amazing journey is over, he has received seven secrets for success- and a second chance to create a life worth living, no matter what opposition or obstacles he might face.
I checked this book out from the library last Saturday and was so excited to open it up I could hardly wait until I finished the book I was currently reading. I mean, just read the description! A novel about a formerly successful person who is down on his luck meets successful or inspirational people from the past, learns life secrets from them and turns his life around.
At least that's what I thought I was getting. A novel. A fiction novel. I guess it could be considered a fiction novel since it's about a made up person who travels back in time. That wouldn't happen in real life. Instead, I felt like I had stumbled into the wrong section in the library and checked out a self-help book.
As a self-help book it wasn't half bad. It did give some very simplistic, yet good advice. The Seven Decisions for Success that David Ponder collects as he travels from person to person in the story are doable suggestions to put into practice in your day to day life- not just in the business world.
This was a quick and easy read. The storyline, if given more depth, could have been a really good one. It just wasn't what I was looking for at the time.
Author Andy Andrews is a public speaker and entertainer who has performed live for four different U.S Presidents.