The Traveler’s Gift: an antidote after failing the CPA Exam

26 Dec 2008

Book Reviews

Given the fact that most of the scores from the recent testing window are out, I think that this post is timely. “The Traveler's Gift” by Andy Andrews follows a man named David Ponder who finds himself downsized from a takeover after giving his heart and sole to a large corporation as an executive. He returns home after work via taxi (they made him turn in his company car) to ponder what to do next.

The book is about failure and keeping your perspective amidst the storms we find ourselves in.

Through several visits with key historical figures (Lincoln, Truman, King Solomon, Anne Frank, Christopher Columbus), the main character gets an education on enduring through struggles and overcoming the fires of life. If you found yourself frustrated after being on the wrong end of a 75 during this testing period, pick this book up.

It's a quick read and it will you will gain a new perspective and move on after this temporary setback with the Exam.

The first six pages are available for free on amazon's website and if you're like me, you'll be sucked in. I ordered the book this past summer and couldn't put it down.

Click the book and when it takes you to the amazon site, click the “Look Inside” icon above the book's picture for a preview.

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Anonymous 15 years ago

It must be nice to actually "read" a book, and not "study" with a book. :)

I love reading as well, but lately I only have time to read CPA review books. Hopefully I can go back with James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell soon.

Anonymous 15 years ago

haha I second that one 15 years ago

I know the guilty feeling that comes with reading something other than review materials. I found that you still have to *live* while exercising, a chapter here and there of a good book, your favorite tv show (once a week) etc, are all healthy things to do to keep your balance. If you can incorporate your spouse/kids/significant other into your "down time" activities...even better.

I'm going to try to read 12 books in 2009...some fiction...some business/finance books, some Christian classics I've been neglecting (The Pilgrim's Progress)'ll be nice.

Bonnie 14 years ago

This book looks interesting. A friend of mine who took the cpa board exams three times before finally passing said that he now considers himself an expert in accounting. After all he's gone through the same accounting text book three times more than those who've passed the exams in their first try. lol