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Return to Sawyerton Springs: A Mostly True Tale Filled with Love, Learning, and Laughter Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981970915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981970912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hailed by The New York Times 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 some of the world’s largest organizations. The Traveler’s Gift, a featured book selection of ABC’s Good Morning America, has been translated into more than 20 languages and was on every bestseller list in the country for months.

       Andy has spoken at the request of four U.S. Presidents and toured military bases around the world at the request of the Department of Defense. 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 onstage.

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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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This is a book you could read to older children and they would love it.
carol
I've read two books my this author, and he can really weave interesting stories that make you feel like you were there.
Deanna Mosier
Andy Andrews is an excellent story teller and he does a great job telling about his youth in Sawyerton Springs.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Knight on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I did laugh out loud a few times, but mostly I found myself smiling as I read about the happenings in this Camelot of small town America, recalled with gentle humor by Andy Andrews. "Return to Sawyerton Springs" is a selection of "mostly true" reminiscences of a minister's son growing up in a close-knit Alabaman community that regards Birmingham as the North.

The tale meanders along like a babbling brook on a lazy summer day, creating a mood of innocent well-being. The stories are like a time capsule of the values of neighborliness and kindness that his upright, church-going community held dear. Andrews is a fine storyteller, and "Return to Sawyerton Springs" will strike a chord with anyone nostalgic for a simpler time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marsha A. Fuller on January 24, 2010
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Our book club in Washington State read "Return to Sawyerton Springs" by Andy Andrews in December, 2009, and over all we thoroughly enjoyed this visit to small town life. Andy tells us that he has kept the essence of his childhood and we are very happy that he has a good memory. Some of the comments from readers were `heartwarming', `sincere', `humorous', `completely engaging', `just like eating peanuts, you can't put it down' and `each chapter is a garden of delights'. I particularly enjoyed the wonderful sense of community since I don't have a hometown. One of our favorite chapters involved uniquely small town way to raise money for band uniforms involving plant pot painting, washing driveways, and baking to name a few. Local graduating seniors trick the community into believing a beloved statue has been stolen in one chapter. A parade bombed by ping pong balls and a food war between a traveling store bus and a lunch counter populate this `can't put it down' book. Creative, sentimental, and bound to create a smile, we highly recommend this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Tongate on February 28, 2010
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This was one of the best books I have ever read. It made me laugh so hard, it made me want to share it with all my family and friends. I have since bought all of Andy Andrews books. One of the best writers ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrs.cowboy on August 29, 2011
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If you don't laugh until you cry reading the first chapter, there's something wrong with you! I couldn't put this book down! I got it for my Kindle, but now I've purchased 5 hardback copies to pass along to friends. This was the funniest, charming, most poignant book I've read in a long time. Andy Andrews, you're my favorite!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ginny on December 14, 2010
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I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. A tale of youth, small towns,but tales we can all relate to, with massages about human nature and relationships woven through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Momma P.J. on December 14, 2010
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Andy Andrews has written another captivating book. I bought this as a gift for my brother, but after I read chapter one I had to read the whole thing before I could wrap it for him. Our family loves the way he uses his God-given gift of storytelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Huynh on February 4, 2010
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An excellent book. After reading the first chapter, I was hooked into it! I usually never read but happened to take a look at this book due to it's great cover and inspiring words. I laughed a lot throughout reading this book. A+!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel D Pennington on January 13, 2013
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this turned out to be, not a sequal to the first "sawyerton springs" book, but, merely a reprint. there were only 4 stories in this book that were not in the first one, and they didn't really add much to the book. i would highly recommend the original "tales from sawyerton springs" over this one.
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