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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (February 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449225038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449225035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For his final fable, Mandino (who died in September 1996 at the age of 72) brings back as his fount of inspirational wisdom the mysterious "rag picker" Simon Potter (The Greatest Miracle in the World, etc.). Mandino also brings back himself as the rag picker's eager audience of one. Simon, aware of his own approaching death, leaves a tattered notebook for Mandino to find. From the notebook, Mandino learns of "The Seven Rungs of Life's Ladder." These consist of condensed, paraphrased and directly quoted passages from hundred-year-old (and thus public domain) motivational writings. From James Allen to Oscar Wilde, Mandino uses the words and ideas of others to relate some universal and timeless wisdom: take advantage of opportunities, understand cause and effect, be focused, think positively, work hard, persevere, serve others. Too often, Mandino writes as if with a quill pen, in circuitous, stuffy prose that does nothing to sharpen the platitudes he proffers as wisdom. Most problematic, though, is Mandino's claim that simply "reading" and "rereading" Simon's words have changed him, and the corollary implication, that reading them will change the reader. The former is barely credible, the latter less than likely.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Start today to transform your dreams into wonderful reality. . . .

Simon Potter was a "ragpicker" and salvager of human lives. When this wise and humble man departed from life, he left author Og Mandino a precious legacy: the distilled wisdom of his unique collection of the greatest books about self-motivation and success--books he called "hand of God" books because they seemed to have been written with God's hand guiding the author's own.

In this tender and inspiring book, Og shares with his millions of readers his old friend's bequest. It is nothing less than a blueprint for success, telling us in plain language exactly what we must do to mount the seven rungs of life's ladder--from material achievement and worldly success to the highest spiritual development. Whatever your most cherished dream may be, Og and his good angel Simon will show you the way to bring it within reach.

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Og Mandino is the most widely read inspirational and self help author in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the International Speakers Hall of Fame and honored with the Masters of Influence by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996 but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, along with many of Mandino's books, will help anyone with low self-esteem, high dreams and expectations, or simple questions about the things that are going on in your life. My grandmother introduced me to Og Mandino with the book "Greatest Salesman in the World" and I read and reread that book. If you are looking for motivation, his books have lots of "advice" that could put you into gear, and go for the goal. Mr. Mandino is a genius. I would love to meet him one day. "The Choice" helped my brother to come to terms with lots of complications in his life. You come to realize that life is how you choose to make it. Other people cannot bring you happiness, you must choose to live a happy life, by your own means.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This powerful little book is chock-full of great concepts and teachings that really have the ability to change your life for the better. Really one of the best inspirational books around!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1997
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The last book before Mr. Og's passing treats us to new wisdom of his long-time friend Simon Potter. I looked forward to each new book by Mandino and will greatly miss him. I will cherish his wisdom that he shared with us and the great stories
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By Paul Marguette on February 11, 2014
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Og mandino , see web page, see book store list , good read, thought provoking
bless spirit, mind, and help you understand others
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By scotty halls on February 9, 2014
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Og Mandino is absolutely amazing. I love all his works and his simple yet effective way of wanting tom make yourself a better .

Scotty halls
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Yes, there is no better time than today to curl up in a warm chair and read this book or on a Kindle. There is hope for a better world even if it is mentally. Gives you the Faith you can live a fulfilling life.
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