Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a powerful book in part because its lessons are so deeply autobiographical and serve as a metaphor for the financial advice that Robert Kiyosaki provides in such a simple and profound way. In the same way that someone who is skilled in one area (such as playing baseball) may not be skilled in another area (nuclear physics), Robert Kiyosaki is a better source of information about financial thinking than he is about faith and good health. He is a believer in the Oprah Winfrey school of theology, where "all roads lead to heaven."
His sister's life is rather more interesting as she embraces being a Buddhist nun and a life of service that caused her to neglect her health. Part of the motivation for the two to share their spiritual stories is to raise some money to help Ms. Emi Kiyosaki take better care of her health.
The book is dominated by Robert, but Ms. Kiyosaki's life is more interesting from a spiritual perspective. The book unfortunately fails to fully develop her experience and her voice.
Since they were young, the two haven't been close (ignoring each other for most adult years). As a result, the two stories don't intertwine in the way many family-oriented autobiographies do.
Who should read this book?
1. Those who want to know every ounce of information about Robert Kiyosaki's life before becoming a financial guru.
2. People who are curious about how a young American woman became a Buddhist nun.
3. Christians who would like to understand how two children fled their mother's faith to plant their spiritual hopes in rather different directions.
I don't understand how anyone could label this book as inspirational. It's just a dual autobiography about two siblings who didn't keep in touch until recently. I guess if you don't speak to your siblings and find it exciting to think that someday you might, that would make the book inspiration. But I think most people stay in touch better than these Kiyosaki siblings did.
I do pray that sales will be good enough to put Ms. Kiyosaki's health in good order for the future.