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From Publishers Weekly

In this simplistic yet well-packaged contemporary parable, Mandino (The Twelfth Angel) returns with further inspirational advice for better living. When a wheelchair-bound preacher in Central Park shouts "Do it now! You! You! Do it now!" to retired booking agent Bart Manning during his morning jog, Manning finds himself inexplicably compelled to run toward his long-abandoned office near Times Square. There, Manning, once an exclusive agent for many of the world's top motivational speakers, decides to come out of retirement. In search of new talent to represent, he and his wife, Mary, attend a speaker's convention in Washington, D.C., where they are enraptured by 32-year-old Patrick Donne and his speech outlining steps to living a happier and more productive life. Soon after he begins to represent this "spellbinder," Manning realizes that this man from Blessings, Mont., may be more than just an exceptional speaker. Although Mandino's characters have no more depth than his messages, which feature all the profundity of fortune-cookie sayings ("Go the extra mile!"; "Never hide behind busy work"; "Never allow anyone to rain on your parade"), his latest sentimental tale about miracles and the mysteries of life will no doubt find a readership.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Widely acclaimed motivational speaker and writer Mandino (The Greatest Salesman in the World, 1967) teaches the power of the unlimited possibilities of God's care in this nicely crafted parable. Bart Manning, a retired inspirational speaker, learns seven simple steps, including going the extra mile and never neglecting the little things from Patrick Donne, a gifted spellbinding speaker. Though simplistic and predictable, the book will find its audience among fans of Mandino, Robert Schuller, and Norman Vincent Peale. Recommended for most libraries.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Abel on August 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
...and what a 'GIFT' it is!

I have read several motivational/inspirational books that take you on a rollercoaster ride and this is one of them.

OG is a master at weaving you like a homemade basket. He skillfully places words and moments in specific places so you feel like you are gently being carried in and out of a world that is so real. You find at the end...that it is REAL!

I am presently reading Mr. Mandino's 'The Greatest Salesman in the World'. I so-called read it many times before, but this time, i am paying attention and doing exactly what the book says. I am up to the 7th scroll and I won't be finished with the scrolls until the beginning of 2005. You have to start somewhere! I will keep you posted on my progress and pray that you are progressing as well from all books that propel the human spirit to soar.

'Spellbinder's Gift' will definitely keep you SPELLBOUND.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1997
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The late Mr Mandino has really "motivated" me with this amazing book. I thought his "The Choice" was great, but must put this above it. It was part of the motivation in building my business and really did what was intended. I feel sure Mr Mandino and "Mr Donne" have become fast "friends"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1996
Format: Paperback
No other book presents such a great example of an almost
true to life story which concerns only three players, a
popular, classic motivational speaker (Bart Manning), a
"new-age" motivational speaker (Patrick Donne), and
Bart's wife...contains secret ways to live your life to
the fullest, one of it came out years ago...from Jesus.
The presentation is very much far from the standard ways,
you'll be surprised by the way the author did it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
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From the beginning to the end "Spellbinder's Gift leaves you at the end of your seat! With everything that happens in the book leaves you wondering what is going to happen next and who is doing it. Even at the end leaves you wondering, matter-in-fact the end leaves you with goose bumps. This book is a must have as an Inspirational book and a teaching book. I believe this is one of Og greatest book ever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
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This book is a typical Og Mandino book. It is a real page turner. It is very difficult to put it down. You just want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

If you have not read any Og Mandino books before, then I suggest you start with The Greatest Salesman in the World. I personally like that best of all I have read.

After you have read a few of his books, you come to expect the unusual twist that all his books contain. Even though you have a good idea of what is coming, it is still spellbinding.

The book is well written and draws you into the book. The story is great but the lessons for living wrapped within the story are even more important.

You will be moved, inspired and enlightened. You can always count on Mandino to deliver a great story with some real lessons for better living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Singer Jr. on July 22, 2006
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I have read everyone of Og Mandinos Books and all I can say is that he writes with brilliance, clarity, enthusiasm, and spirit. You can never go wrong with any of his books. He points out the path to success and motivates the spirit within to achieve all that we as human beings are capable. He helped me to tap into my innate genuis and create a life of prosperity and creativity. If you havent raed his books, start now and your journey of the spirit will begin. He was a born writer and even after his passing continues to have a great influence on many people old and young. He truly lived a purposeful and divine life. Go buy all his books and enjoy the growth and enlightenment. After that Buy my Book " Your daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present". Enjoy and rememeber you are capable of great things in your life.
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By ParrishPreacher on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
A friend recently loaned me a copy of Og Mandino's book, "The Spellbinder's Gift." I read it in one three hour sitting last night. Here is the basic story. Bart is a retired talent agent who formerly represented "Motivational Speakers" who spoke at conventions and events across the US and Canada. After just over a year of retirement, he is listless and events lead him to "unretire" (sic). He and his wife attend a speakers convention of an association he helped to establish 35 years previous. While there, an old acquaintance helps him to look for new talent to represent. After a few disappointments Bart, Mary, and Jay find the person, Bart feels is a "spellbinder" (one who can hold an audience spellbound). They think they miss their opportunity to sign him and go home disappointed.

A few days go by and Pat Donne - the speaker Bart wants to represent - contacts him asking Bart to be his agent. Some mysterious events similar to the ones that lead Bart to reopen for business lead Pat back to Bart.

Pat is a phenomenal speaker and soon he has six appointments a month for 2 years at $20,000 per appointment. Pat also does occasional charity events for free. There are suspicions that Pat is more than a talented speaker (there are occasions that hint that he has a gift to heal people).

Pat learns that people only remember about 10% of what they hear at lectures and since he feels strongly about his message he begins a project that he thinks will help them retain more of his message. That project is a small book that attendees to his lectures will receive free of charge. A book that they can read in less than five minutes each morning. This becomes the "Spellbinder's Gift." Mandino treats us to the full text of this book in his last few pages.
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