Friday, January 4, 2008

The Traveler's Gift - Book Review

This book was a Christmas present from a dear and cherished friend, Ken Rogers. The book has a subtitle of: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success and is an easy read. It is written as a narrative in which David Ponder, a 46 year-old man who feels like a total failure as his life seems to be unraveling around him, travels back in time to meet leaders and heroes at crucial moments in their lives. From each one David receives one decision that will determine his success. By making these decisions David gets a second chance to create a life worth living, no matter what opposition or obstacles he might face.

The people David Ponder encounters and the seven decisions are:
Harry Truman – The buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future.
King Solomon – I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to all.
Joshua Chamberlain – I am a person of action. I seize the moment. I choose now.
Christopher Columbus – I have a decided heart. My destiny is assured.
Anne Frank – Today I will choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.
Abraham Lincoln – I will greet each day with a forgiving spirit. I will forgive myself.
Gabriel the Angel – I will persist without exception. I am a person of great faith.

One scene that really challenged me was when Gabriel was showing David through this VERY, VERY large warehouse (so large that David could not see all of it) filled with pictures, papers and gadgets. David could not figure out what it was all about or why he was there so he asked Gabriel, “What is this place?” This is the answer that was given, “This, my friend, is the place that never was. This is the place where we keep all the things that were about to be delivered just as a person stopped working and praying for them. The contents of this warehouse are filled with the dreams and goals of the less courageous.”


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