You can't argue with success. Og Mandino's 16 inspirational books have sold more than 25 million copies in 20 languages. His latest follows the now-familiar formula: very earnest and very inspirational, with a tantalizing touch of the otherworld. Apparently, Og doesn't want to argue with success either. The story (most of Mandino's books wrap a flimsy fictional premise around the inspirational message) is narrated by Bart Manning, a successful agent for motivational speakers, who has been out of the business since all his best clients died off. Bart is bored so he heads to a motivational-speakers convention where he hopes to acquire a couple of new clients. Most of the participants don't measure up to Bart's high standards, but there is one, the winner of the convention's speaking contest, Patrick Donne, the Master of the Lectern, who stands out from the rest. Patrick is handsome, dynamic, and wise. He has a deep, commanding voice. And, as it turns out, he is able to heal people, though this isn't a fact Bart wants to spread around. Alas, Patrick's small plane crashes into the side of a mountain while it's ferrying him to his next speaking engagement. There's a silver lining, though, for both Patrick's and Og's fans: Patrick conveniently left behind a small book containing his accumulated wisdom--sort of the inspirational version of an airplane's black box. The book doesn't provide much new news--"Never allow anyone to rain on your parade"; "Separate yourself from the crowd"; "Look for the seed of good in every adversity." Oh well, aphorisms are always popular; that's why they're aphorisms. Ilene Cooper
From Library Journal
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.
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