May 16th, 2011 16:26 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Andy Andrews, Author of The Final Summit
Author Andy Andrews first introduced the character of David Ponder to the world in The Traveler`s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success. That book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over 4 months; has been translated into 20 languages; was featured as ABC`s Good Morning America`s book of the month and sold millions of copies. Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and at military bases worldwide. Bob Hope requested that Andy come and sit with him for a chat in his 91st year. Andrews was hailed as a modern day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America" by the New York Times. The Traveler`s Gift`s wisdom has spurred a teen version (The Young Traveler`s Gift,) journal, home study audio program and life-study curriculums now used in schools, mental health organizations and prisons.
In his tale of one man`s search for meaning and success, Andrews captures three qualities most important to an individual`s growth - hope, faith, and perseverance. As the main character travels in time encountering seven historical figures, knowledge is imparted to the character and the reader.
Andy Andrews` life was a typical American story until the age of 19. The loss of both parents - his mother to cancer and his father to an automobile accident - forever altered Andrews` path. He recalls, I took a bad situation and made it much worse." Within a short span, he found himself homeless, a pier or garage often provided bed, and without direction. The dramatic change in circumstances forced Andrews to ask himself a simple question: "Is life just a lottery ticket or are there choices one can make to direct his future?" This very question fueled a search that led him to the local library.
After reading biographies of over two hundred great men and women, Andrews was challenged to consider, Were they simply born this way? Or were there decisions made at critical junctures in their lives that led to success? " He resolved to determine the common denominators between each historical figure. The Seven Decisions were born, and the rest is history.
Many authors and communicators speak from their personal experience. Andy Andrews is shaped by his life path, but his message also carries the weight of hundreds of lives. Each of these past successes adds credence to the simple yet profound wisdom entertainingly presented by Andrews. With the wit of an entertainer and the gravitas of a powerful communicator, Andy Andrews is unique in today`s media driven world. He communicates to audiences from the heart.
Andy Andrews lives in Orange Beach, Alabama with his wife Polly and their two sons.