An Interview with Andy Andrews, Author of The Final Summit

Andy Andrews is a dear friend, one of my favorite authors, and maybe the best speaker I have ever heard. His new book, The Final Summit, is the much-anticipated sequel to his New York Times bestseller, The Traveler’s Gift. In a minute, I will tell you how to get a copy of his new book FREE.

The Final Summit is a great read. Like Andy’s other books, it is chock-full of wisdom, perspective, and inspiration. The best part is that Andy personally exemplifies these characteristics in his own life. He walks his talk.

Recently, I had a chance to interview Andy in my office in Nashville. We talked for about 30 minutes, but we could have gone for another hour—easy. However, the video embedded above is skinnied down to just 5 minutes. Hopefully, it will give you enough to whet your appetite for the book.

Without giving the story away, here is the basic plot. David Ponder, the protagonist in The Traveler’s Gift is back. Many years have passed since he discovered the Seven Decisions during a divine journey through time. He is now 74 years old, and he has lost the one thing that mattered to him most: his wife, Ellen.

Despite his personal and professional success, he now sits alone at the top of his 55-story high-rise contemplating the unthinkable—just as he did 28 years ago. However, just as things look their darkest, he is told via divine channels that he is to convene one last summit with hundreds of his fellow Travelers, including people like George Washington, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill.

As the cover copy from the book states,

This is mankind’s last chance. Centuries of greed, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship, and it consists of only two words.

“With time running out, it is up to David Ponder and a cast of history’s best and brightest minds to uncover this solution before it is too late. The catch? They are allowed only five tries to discover the answer.”

I loved this book. While it builds on the The Traveler’s Gift, you can read The Final Summit as a stand alone book. Regardless, I think you will find it inspiring and comforting.

I gave away 100 copies of The Final Summit. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.
Question: If you read this book, what did you think? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • ReflectionsByPj

    I have never read any of Andy Andrews however, would like to start. I have listened to his interview with both you and Dave Ramsey, and cannot wait to get a copy. I love that he is using historic figures in his book, I love history [though I'm horrible with dates - ask my U.S History and World Civilization professors]. In addition, my Advanced Fiction professor told me that I needed to expand my fiction reading library and I’m thinking this would make a nice addition – also might interest my daughter, who, too, loves history and fiction [if I can ever tear her away from Ted Dekker]. Besides, I don’t think it could hurt for me [Penny] to have a copy considering the trailer for Mr. Andrews book shows a reflects a 1909 penny – it’s a sign. :)

  • Ed

    At a recent Andrew Peterson concert, I heard his producer and friend sing, “There’s a Last Time for Everything.” “There will be the last shave.” “There will be the last funeral…” What a beautiful idea. Celebrating the last as it represents the first step to the eternal. With that in mind, I’d love to read about the Last Summit.
    Ed Reilly

  • Jerry

    I was excited to see my name on the list of people to whom you have awarded a copy of this book. Thank you very much for the gift. I am grateful and will enjoy the opportunity to learn from Andy Andrews.

    You are doing well at building an online audience!

    Jerry Hertzler

  • Jim Lewis

    Thank you for the book! You are a gracious and generous Leader/Mentor. Blessings.

  • Rob Still

    Wow, I am extremely grateful to be one of the winners. Thank you! I love the premise of The Final Summit. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks again.

  • Lynn Blalock

    Have never read books by this author, but recent life events make the title intriguing.

  • Glenda

    So grateful (and surprised) to be one of the winners. You made my month. I thank you much!
    Never been here before (followed a tweet from Andy Andrews), but I think I’ll stay and look around.

  • JEG

    Thank You!!! Thank YOU!!! I am one of the 100 winners! I normally don’t win things like this, and I won this book and a couple weeks ago I won something at a raffle drawing!!! I can’t wait to get it and read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to read this book. Being 76 I sometimes feel like you described David Ponder. That plus being on a small fixed income it is hard to buy books, medicine has to come first.

  • Vicki George

    i’d like to have one not for myself but for my mother she loves your other book this one would bea nice addition to it

  • TNeal

    Glad I came back to watch the interview. Great question about what characters did Andy enjoy writing about. I answered with Andy on the first one, “Eric Erickson.” And like every other reader of the book, when I read it, I asked, “Who’s Eric Erickson?”

    “Final Summit” engaged my mind early and often. It’s the rare read where I find myself thinking about the summit’s question and trying, like the travelers, to discover the answer. Andy’s style put me right in the auditorium and sat me at the table.

  • Gideonjemi

    Looks like a good book for the leaders, could you send a copy please..

  • Christian Ray

    Found out I was one of the winners. I never win anything!
    Just posted a review of Andy’s first book The Traveler’s Gift on The Third Drive (

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  • Rob Still

    I was fortunate enough to win a copy of the book. THANK YOU Michael and Andy! It was interesting and easy to read. Love how Andy wove the life story of the historical characters into the story line, each having a piece of “the answer”. It’s inspired me to keep at it, and “Do Something”

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  • KiminQueensNY

    This is a great book – especially looking at where we (“the world”) are heading right now. Somehow people (not just American’s) have forgotten their strengths and are looking for help “somewhere.” Andy Andrews reminds us that God gave us what we need to succeed and that He is there when things go terribly wrong. I happened across one of Mr Andrews book on a solo drive to Florida from NY. It keep me going! Since then I have purchased almost all of his books and have given my copies to friends.  I would love to see these books on the Big Screen!  If you don’t think you make a difference – read Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews. I can’t wait to see how this girl from the south will make a difference in the Big Apple. Thank you, Andy Andrews!