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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404183728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404183728
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I dare you to read this story aloud to a friend and not fall on the floor laughing." - Mark Victor Hansen, Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

"America's greatest storyteller since Mark Twain!" - Mark Lowry, Artist and Songwriter of the Christmas Classic "Mary, Did You Know?"

From the Inside Flap

Who among us hasn't had a Little League experience? Whether you're a proud parent cheering from the bleachers or a former occupant of the dreaded right field, this little book will conjure fond memories, both old and new, for everyone!

Prepare to feel young again as you experience a story that will have you laughing until your sides hurt. Sit back, take a breath, and allow yourself to be transported back to the carefree wonder of childhood.

More About the Author

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?

The rest is history. 'The Seven Decisions,' as he calls them, were the engines used to carry Andrews' life in a different direction. And twenty-plus years later, these same Seven Decisions became the outline around which he built the story of The Traveler's Gift and the basis of his PBS Special.

- Andy's Latest Work -

Since the success of The Traveler's Gift and Mastering the Seven Decisions, Andrews has released an array of well-received literature, including the New York Times bestseller The Noticer. Offering a fresh and insightful perspective on how people can change their view of the world, and their place within it, The Noticer has succeeded tremendously in furthering Andrews' prevailing message of finding hope in the face of adversity. Based on the remarkable true story of Andrews' own life, the book teaches its readers that, "Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective."

Released in the same year, Return to Sawyerton Springs features Andrews' trademark wit and humor as he weaves tales around an enchanting town that can be found in the hearts of those who long to take a deep breath, relax, and find time for the humor and meaning in everyday life. "I dare you to read the first chapter aloud to a friend and not fall on the floor laughing," said Mark Victor Hansen, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. By reflecting on the seemingly ordinary aspects of everyday life, Andrews reveals them for what they truly are--extraordinary aspects of something much greater.

Released in 2010, The Heart Mender has created a stir in literary circles. Elegantly blending a riveting story, extensive research, and a powerful message of hope, the novel is a true adventure set against the warm waters and white sand of the America's Gulf of Mexico during World War II. Lieutenant Josef Landermann is a German U-Boat officer betrayed and left for dead. When he washes ashore in a sleepy coastal town, he looks to a young war widow for survival. Robert Silvers, executive publisher of The Saturday Evening Post calls The Heart Mender an "unforgettable experience."

2010 also saw the release of two more books, The Butterfly Effect, a book exploring a scientific theory based on physics within the context of our own lives, and The Boy Who Changed the World, Andrews' first children's book. The Butterfly Effect shows readers that every action, however big or small, matters. Andrews accomplishes this by introducing historical examples that illustrate how one person can set off a spark that, in turn, ignites the lives of unforeseen others.

The Boy Who Changed the World illustrates this same principle to children, enabling them to see how they can have a meaningful impact on the world around them. It is full of vibrant, full-page illustrations by Philip Hurst and chronicles the true story of the young Norman Borlaug--the boy who grew up to change the world. Children will be delighted by the illustrations and excited by the story as they learn that they too can change the world, just like Norman.

On April 12, 2011, The Final Summit, the long-awaited follow-up to The Traveler's Gift, was released. The Final Summit finds David Ponder, the hero of The Traveler's Gift, at a completely different time in his life. Now older--and with the wisdom of the Seven Decisions he discovered in The Traveler's Gift--David Ponder and a cast of historic figures have been charged with the task of discovering the one principle that will save all of humanity from dire consequences. And the answer they seek is only two words.

Andrews' latest book and New York Times Bestseller, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, arose from a question Andrews asked himself several years ago: Where do we being to find common ground in regard to what we want (or don't want) for the future of America? From the question came a challenge: Is it possible to write something that doesn't use the words Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, yet conveys a message with which everyone could agree? Can it be written in a concise fashion allowing anyone to read it, clearly understand the message, and be empowered in less than fifteen minutes? How Do You Kill 11 Million People? is his answer to those questions.

Driven by his own personal moving story, Andy Andrews communicates to his audience through the heart--an uncommon style in today's media-driven world. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue--both on paper and on stage.

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Customer Reviews

Laughed out loud as I read it.
Carol Williams
I bought a number of copies of this book for gifts to friends...unfortunately,I had already given the Sawyertown book to the intended recipients.
River man
If you want people to read more, give them this and i'll bet they will want to read more of Andy Andrews' GREAT books.
LeRoy Tipton

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JL on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A friend sent this book to me and I read it. Then I read it to another friend. Then I sent it to my parents. Then I ordered one for yet another friend. And another.

This is one of the richest, funniest books I have read. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By markadoo on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My family took a copy of this book on a road trip last summer and read it on a rainy day in the hotel room. We all laughed so hard. My wife and I had to pass the book back and forth because we were laughing too hard to continue reading. We all enjoyed the book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lana on June 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Love this book! It is short, sweet, and hilarious! It would be a great gift for a Little League or high school baseball coach, or that 10-12 year old boy who loves to play baseball!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brent on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a GREAT and EASY read! I'm going to send a copy to my grandson. Mr. Andrews' storytelling is so vivid that the reader feels he is a part of the story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Merry on June 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this "book" thinking it would really be funny. Boy! was I disappointed. This is not even what I would term a book. At best it is a cute short story that takes a half an hour or less to read. It should not be priced above .99 but the Kindle version is actually 9.99! Like a previous reviewer, I too want my money back.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Foncie on May 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have loved this story for years. I have read it numerous times, listened to it on CD more times and enjoyed hearing Andy tell it live not enough times. Every time I hear it I cry, I laugh so hard. It is good clean fun. My husband and I even used it in a bible study for 6th grade boys. They laughed, thought it was cool and it opened up lots of good conversation. This is a home run...no a grand slam... for sure.
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By M. Butler on July 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good book, as is anything he writes. Got for a gift. Thanks, Mary
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By Rumble on June 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
You gotta be kidding me. What a joke. No substance. No story ... Took about 5 minutes to read. Bunch of kids making fun of a guys peach impediment - then all of s sudden it just ends ... Rearry?
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