The Prize

Well, so I thought since it’s only two more days until the winner of the writing contest is announced, I should let y’all see what the prize is.
I’m really excited about it, because the prize is a book. And not just a ‘normal’ book, but one that has the ability to change the way you view life… And it’s a change for the better. Plus, it’s not long and boring. Instead it is rather short, extremely engaging and beautiful besides.
Oh, and if that isn’t enough, here’s something to make it even better. It’s written by one of my favorite authors. Y’all remember that on my dream list I want to meet a guy named Andy Andrews? Well, he’s the author of this incredible book.
And, with no further delay, I am proud to present to you:
Here’s a little bit of Andy Andrew’s Bio, taken from here.
I think you’ll agree with me that he sounds like a very amazing guy!
What could this one man possibly have to say that is important enough for the Commander of the Allied Air Forces to ask his help? Why did every senior leader the United States Air Force has in Europe and the Middle East recently assemble in one room at one time to hear him speak?

Who is this man, that he would walk the golf course with Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez as she played her last tournament as a touring professional? Why was he invited to spend an afternoon with General Norman Schwarzkopf and his son, who was about to depart for college? What would he be asked to discuss with a ninety-one-year-old Bob Hope alone by the swimming pool in the entertainer’s back yard?

Hailed by a New York Times writer as a ‘modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,’ Andy Andrews is an internationally known speaker and novelist whose combined works have sold millions of copies worldwide. He has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents.

Andrews’best-selling book, The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success, is an international sensation, remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for four and a half months and being translated into nearly twenty languages. Featured on ABC’s Good Morning America as a book-of-the-month selection, The Traveler’s Gift is the stunning story of one man’s search for meaning and success in life by traveling back into time and conversing with seven historic individuals. Its message of hope, faith, and perseverance is transforming thousands of lives worldwide every day, spawning a teen version, The Young Traveler’s Gift; The Traveler’s Gift Journal; a home study audio program, Timeless Wisdom from the Traveler; and life-study curriculum’s in high schools, mental-health organizations, and prisons nationwide.

Andrews lived a relatively normal life until the age of nineteen, when both his parents died, his mother from cancer, his father in an automobile accident. ‘I took a bad situation and made it much worse,’ Andrews says with a rueful smile, referring to choices he made during this tragic period of his life. Within a span of several years, the young man found himself literally homeless (before that was even a word!’ he says), sleeping occasionally under a pier on the gulf coast or in someone’s garage.

It was at that time when Andrews asked the question that would focus his search for what would ultimately affect millions of people. The question? ‘Is life just a lottery ticket, or are there choices one can make to direct his future?’ To find the answer, he first went to the library. There, over time, he read more than two hundred biographies of great men and women. How did they become the people they were? he wondered. Were they simply born this way? Or were there decisions made at critical junctures in their lives that led to such success? The young Andrews finally determined that there were seven characteristics that each person had in common. ‘What will happen,’ he mused, ‘if I study these seven common denominators and harness them in my own life?

7 thoughts on “The Prize

  1. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    You totally should, Sierra!
    His book, The Heart Mender, is one of my favorite books ever! I've heard some people say it starts out too slowly, but the book! Goodness, I can't say enough great stuff about it.

    A friend/co-worker started reading it and then told me all about the first few chapters (which is all the further she got), the next day I was sick in bed so she brought it to me and let me read it. After reading it, I promptly began telling my family members about it. Even following them around the house so I could get every detail in.
    One of my sisters was like 'Oh, don't tell me, let me read it.' So she did. She finished it while on a camping trip with me and two of our brothers, and began that very night to re-read it out loud so all of us could listen to it…
    Man, I like the book! It probably isn't everyone's cup of tea (and isn't for too young of readers, which is one reason I didn't use it as the prize), but to me, it's amazing!
    Wow, can you tell I'm excited about it? Ok… Maybe I should just write a blot post about it some time instead of responding with such a long comment. =) I actually haven't read it for about a year… I guess it's time for me to get it out and read it again.
    Oh yes, if you want, you can look it up here:


  2. Sierra says:

    It's only a little pretty long 😛 Wow! I will definitely have to check The Heart mender out, now that you've said it was so good 😀 I'm usually not a huge fan of non-fiction (it's nonfiction as I'm assuming right?) but occaisonlly there is that one that works for me 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation! Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!


  3. Anonymous says:

    I've never read anything by him, but I have seen that book. It's cover is gorgeous and it looks so interesting!



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