- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Abridged edition edition (March 1 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553245767
- ISBN-13: 978-0553245769
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.2 x 17.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Choice: A Surprising New Message of Hope Paperback – Mar 1 1986
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From Publishers Weekly
Here inspirational author Mandino (The Greatest Salesman in the World; The Greatest Miracle in the World again champions humankind's potential for spiritual uplift. The focus of his tale is Mark Christopher, a middle-aged man who abandons his successful business career for a life with his wife and two young sons in rural New Hampshire. PW noted that "Mandino's energetic 'can do' approach to life's problems has a ready audience."
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
Choice! The key is Choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. But, hold on! If this is true then why have so many among us apparently elected to live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who live in unhappy failure have never exercised their options for a better way of life because they have never been aware that they had any Choices !See all Product description
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This book is also about the main character's desire to spend more quality time with his family, especially his children. Readers will identify with the feelings brought forth as they read this book because many of us know the pain of working so hard that we are not around to see our babies growing up. I recommend this book highly as well as all of Og Mandino's books. A good book to read after "The Choice" is "A Better Way to Live". This book's title is taken from the fictitional title of the book written in "The Choice". It tells the real life story of Og Mandino's own struggle and success in his own life.
Anyone who has already made such a leap of faith, or is thinking about stepping out to pursue their true vocation and become the person they were meant to become, will surely benefit from this book. The Choice is not written for the armchair quarterback, but for someone who is sincerely seeking positive change in their life. Mandino weaves lessons between the lines throughout the book.
As an author who has made a choice similar to the fictional Mark Christopher, I found this book to be quite eerie, memorable and moving.
Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
Also, Christopher makes a long speech near the end of the book on "The Key to a Better Life". The content of this speech is Mandino's main message of hope, which I found to be extraordinarily cliched and uninspiring ("you have the power to choose your destiny in life, use it!"). I suppose I'm naturally skeptical of some random author giving advice on how to live life, especially when the advice consists of rehashed "inspirational self-help" propaganda.
I've also read Mandino's "The Greatest Salesman in the World", which I found similarly chock full of common sense ideas and precepts purportedly found on newly discovered ancient scrolls. In my opinion, the greatest failing of the published written medium is that readers tend to treat nearly every author as an established authority on whatever he's writing about. This is especially true of the self-help genre, where authors wildly claim to possess the secrets of success and happiness. The truth is, there is no absolute authority on this nebulous topic because "success" is extremely difficult to define.
Instead of Mandino, read authors like Carnegie and Bettger. I have two unread Mandino books ("The Greatest Success in the World" and "The Greatest Miracle in the World") and I've decided to put them up for sale with no intention of reading them. I don't have time for sub-par books.
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