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What makes the difference between failure and success?

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 and struggles to support his family. 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 Abraham Lincoln to Anne Frank. By the time his journey is over, he has received seven secrets for success—and a second chance. The Traveler's Gift offers a modern day parable of one man's choices—and the attitudes that make the difference between failure and success.

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The Traveler’s Gift effectively combines self-help with fiction ... sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking ... an exemplary job at providing positive suggestions for overcoming life’s obstacles…this is an author to watch.”

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“This is the best inspirational book written since
Og Mandino wrote The Greatest Miracle in the World.”

Charlie T. Jones, Author of Life is Tremendous

The Traveler’s Gift touched me in a way no other book ever has.”

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“I could not put this book down. The story itself is gripping, and the wisdom is for the ages.”

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“Incredible truth, creatively told.”

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“Each person who reads this book should purchase one for a friend and
watch for the positive changes to occur.”

B.P. Loughridge, M.D., Cardiac Surgeon, European Fulbright Scholar, and Author

The Traveler’s Gift is a thought-provoking book that will challenge you to reach your fullest potential.”

John C. Maxwell, Author and Founder of The INJOY Group

David Ponder’s journey in The Traveler’s Gift will speak to your heart, enlighten your thinking, and motivate your life.”

Norm Miller, Chairman, Interstate Batteries

The Traveler’s Gift is extremely powerful. It’s helping me with things in both
my personal and professional life.”

Theresa Reagan, Former Executive Director, Children’s Health Education Center

“You’ll gain wisdom in only a few hours from this book!”

Tim Sanders, Former Chief Solutions Officer for Yahoo!

The Traveler’s Gift provides a powerful and compelling
road map through the highways of life.”

John Schuerholz, President, Atlanta Braves

The Traveler’s Gift will encourage you to live up to your fullest potential.”

Dr. Robert Schuller, Founder, The Crystal Cathedral

“I was spellbound. Andy Andrews captured my heart with The Traveler’s Gift.”

Gary Smalley, Author and Speaker

“This book is full of insight one can use throughout life.”

Randy Travis, Entertainer

“A must read!”

Kris L. Thompson, Sr. Executive Director, Holt Int'l Children's Services

“An incredibly inspiring journey!”

Dr. Denis Waitley, Author, Seeds of Greatness

“A great guide to the future.”

Brian Tracy, Author, Focal Point


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Stephen Napolitano Thank you for “The Traveler’s Gift.” One of the best books I have ever read! Mr. Andrews, you were truly incredible in front of 20,000 people in Cleveland!


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“Brief, compelling, and insightful enough to read every year. Put it in your library.” Seek Out Wisdom

I love the word “awesome,” but the concepts in The Traveler’s Gift go beyond awesome!”

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“Sit back, relax, and prepare to learn more about yourself with a little history thrown in for good measure.”

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“The Travelers Gift is a little treasury of wisdom for living an unconventional life in a conventional world.” Jeffrey E. Ellis

“I am inspired by the timeless lessons and wisdom throughout this book!” BG

“I had a hard time getting up in the morning for work because I stayed up too late reading this book!” J. Enright

“One of the best books I have ever read. It will inspire and lift you up.” Susan Michel

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“A book for, by, and about dreamers, those who are willing to think outside of the proverbial box & imagine what could be by imagining what could have been.” Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff

“It's definitely a book I need to read every couple of months.” Dede

“I have bought almost 100 copies of this book over the years. I have given it as gifts to family, friends and my students…I LOVE THIS BOOK!” Kym McBride

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Trade Information

  • Title: The Traveler's Gift
  • Author: Andy Andrews
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Date of Publication: November 2002
  • Retail Price: $19.99 (Hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7852-6428-6
  • Pages: 214 pages

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Meet Andy Andrews

Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” ANDY ANDREWS is a best-selling novelist and in-demand speaker for the world’s largest organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and at military bases worldwide. Zig Ziglar said, “Andy Andrews is the best speaker I have ever seen.” Andy is the author of the New York Times best sellers The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift. He lives in Orange Beach, Alabama, with his wife, Polly, and their two sons.

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