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The Greatest Miracle in the World the Greatest Miracle in the World

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  2,144 ratings  ·  176 reviews
'The greatest miracle in the world' contains the Memorandum from God to you. A great inspirational writer tells his story - a narrative that will hold you spellbound as it reveals exciting new secrets for yourpersonal happiness and success.
ebook, 128 pages
Published August 26th 2009 by Bantam (first published 1975)
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Seasielle ...
My Aunt lent this book to me. After almost 2 months inside my book shelf, I finally placed a hand on this super inspiring book. How downhearted I felt because of not reading it upon receiving it. This book was totally awesome. When I say awesome, not just the simple one, but AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you feel the music in your life is already out of tune, just grab this book and read it to know the hidden secrets in every tune of music that is present in each one of us.

Love is the greatest secre
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Walt Walkowski
I'm rating this zero stars. If this isn't the worst book I've ever read, it ranks very close to it, and it's an incredibly dangerous read to boot. Mandino says he has something "direct from God" for readers, but it's simply a mish-mash of pop psychology (circa 1970s) dressed in "God-language" with a few Bible verses (in flowery KJV) to add to the effect. The message, which has been delivered over the years in various forms of dress-up, is the very familiar song and dance related to the power of ...more
Dutch
Nov 09, 2010 Dutch rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Dutch by: Sean Shepard
Outside of scriptures, this is the book I recommend the most for others to read. It is an awesome book! One of the few books that has actually made me cry and continues to do so every time I read it. I've read other Og Mandino books, but none touch me nearly as much as this one. My favorite quote from the book is:

"But how does all this connect to those books you've got piled up. Certainly they don't contain any secret methods on how to come back from the dead."
"Ah, but they do, Mr. Og. Most hu
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Rahul
I include this in fiction because this IS a STORY, and it happens to be well-told. This is a self-help book which espouses American right-of-center beliefs that somewhat resemble secular humanism. I'm not ashamed to admit that I used to buy into this kind of drivel when I was younger. However, there are two assertions made here that are actually true. One, that people who lack a high degree of motivation are essentially living suicides, and two, that even those thoughts that we "casually" expose ...more
Karl
In this novel, one of the World's foremost inspirational authors, Og Mandino, shares the greatest secret in the world (no I am not going to tell you what it is). Using his encounters with a "ragpicker" named Simon Potter, Og Mandino shares a story about life and finding happiness that ultimately culminates in the "Memorandum from God."

Whether or not one believes the story surrounding the events that lead to the creation of the memorandum, I found this book inspirational and it was a very enjoya
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Gabby
I really enjoyed reading this book for several reasons. Throughout the book my opinion of the main character, Simon, changed. I liked that it kept me reading to find out if Simon was being veracious or not. The author did a great job of personalizing the story, as well as giving it a mysterious feel. This book is great for anyone in need of a good pick me up and some motivation. By the end of the book I felt inspired to use my "powers of choice."
Amanda Mcnair
This is definitely a book for those who can chew the meat, spit out the bones. I think it does a wonderful job at reminding you that you are God's creation and therefore a miracle. Makes me think of Psalm 139. I don't care for Og Mandino's theology nor The God Memorandum in chapter 9 as there are several unbiblical parts. There are better books out there to explain this principle, the utmost being the Bible. Glad I read it, wouldn't necessarily feel comfy recommending it.

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William Patterson
Well, first things first. I will not be coming back to this page to see any of these comments again. Now, that being said. Let this statement prove something to you that we may just have forgotten (indeed many of us)........A critic (of this book or in-general) is simply a soul who is no longer folllowing his dream.......

Ch. 9 is where it's all at fellas, the stories greatest value is that it may be false or true, but the message is real just the same. There is no thriller in this one of a kille
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Jason
This book does encourage one, as it is supposed to do; it is also an example of shameless self-promotion. While self-promotion, in this day of wealth above all else, is considered a smart and savvy tactic by the majority, for the lovers of art and creativity it can sort of eat into the bones of a literary work. I am not sure how many times in this book Mandino mentions his other book(s), but I know the notices were numerous. There are many great quotes throughout the novella, ranging from Seneca ...more
Stacy
This was my first and most probably my last Og Mandino book. It was sweet, preachy, and a little dated. I think the sentiment was good and did enjoy Chapter 9, The God Memorandum. The problem was the eight chapters leading up to it were not my cup of tea. The story was that Og met God in the flesh and God gave him a memo to print for the world.

The four laws of happiness and success according to God? 1. Count your blessings. 2. Proclaim your rarity. 3. Go another mile. 4. Use wisely your power of
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Ben
A story by the author who meets a mysterious stranger. The strange helps the author overcome some problems then is gone as if he were never there in the first place. the stranger is Simon Potter. Is he really God? He gives the author four steps to be happy and over come a lose of self esteem. The book seemed dated and out of touch with today's ideas. I really did not gain much in the reading other than learning what the book was about. It is not just a self help book, but a religious self help b ...more
Ellie
This book was referred to me by a good friend. Its only 150 pages; I read it within 3 hours. He claims it the best book ever, but I will have to disagree.

However, if you are a Christian and believe in Him, you will love this book. I appreciated it for what it was, but I don't buy into it, so it was more of a preaching book to me, and that wasn't something I was looking forward to reading.

Its good, don't get me wrong, but make sure you're in the mindset for an "inspirational" story!
Monk
My favorite self help/inspirational book (outside of scripture). I've used the God Memorandum countless times in working with youth and have found it to be a powerful means of improving a person's self-image. I've gone back to it often in times of discouragment or depression. I have owned countless copies of this little book, as I keep giving away the one on my bookcase.
Rowena
I remember liking this book the first time I read it. I changed my mind after I re-read it in 2005. I mean, the book is full of inspiring messages but the way Simon kept praising Og Mandino over and over was very annoying.
Summer
A little too calculated for me. There is a nice dialogue at the end from "God" that is interesting to think about but overall the story is a little too movtivational speaker.
Mary Augustyn
Og Mandino has a way with words. Book is easy to read and it's one to read over and over again! How many times have I read it? A few times over the years...
Alana
i could not put down this book when i began reading it...as i read the God memo I cried and cried...this is definitely one of my favourite books!
Sudarshan Nataraj
Another self-help book with just one chapter on actual self help(Thank God!!). Disappointment in many ways as there is nothing much to "read".
Jim George
Just okay, some inspiration, just no where as powerful as some other of Og's books.
Heather
I am generally a fan of Og Mandino. I've read a lot of his books...I think I have may have already read this one, but I didn't like it as much as I remembered or as much as some of his others.

It is a sweet story and makes you think about priorities and choices in life and the importance of picking yourself up when times are hard and moving forward with hope. It contains a document called the "God Memorandum" that is supposed to be a letter from God that helps remind us of our potential, encourag
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Karen
Apr 30, 2012 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For spiritual types seeking to process feelings of loss, grief, connection or lack of it
Recommended to Karen by: someone who went through similar times
This was another book I ended up reading during/after a difficult time. I let it hang on the shelf for so long and when I finally picked it up I couldn't understand how it was a story that was inspirational or uplifting but it very much was in a 'round about way. This book is a tool I would say that can be helpful to start to process deep grief that stems from deep loneliness and abandonment. When I did decide to read it I thought I was feeling 'better' but the book made me realize I was not rea ...more
Monica
This book starts off with just enough intrigue to pull you into the story and then sweep you up into a whirlwind of philosophy and hope. It tells the story of an up and coming author who meets a mysterious man named Simon one morning on his way to work. Simon helps people who are down on their luck, and the book goes on to discuss how if one person can help 100 people in a span of 20 or so years, that effort can be multiplied exponentially if we all come together with a common purpose. Even help ...more
Mohan
It is a story par excellence!
The seemingly chance meeting of Mr Og and Simon led on to a wonderful friendship which touches my heart.The breadth of knowledge and vision of Simon on diverse subjects under the sun is astounding!
More and more 'chance' meetings make clear to me that there IS a POWER in this Universe which governs, guides, and goads us along life.

How could all this be by chance?
How about all the events which happened in this world?
The sheer strength and power of the author's writin
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Brian Kaplan
The G-d Memorandum in this book changed my life. It gave me the ability to find my G-D and to bring Him back into my life and to stay clean and sober...I am writing this on my 19th year of Sobriety and if it were not for this book and my sponsor...I would not be here today! The Grace of G-d does wondrous things. If you struggle with a conception of G-D this book will help you find your way.
I grew up in the neighborhood in Chicago that this takes place in...so the story is very real to me!
Erwin Deloso
I read this book 18 yrs ago as my friend lend this book and this book truly change my life realizing how special we are and how different we are from each other... That alone can be consider as a miracle... I want to re read it again and let my 8 y.o daugther realize how life is beautiful..
Bartonxiv
Enjoyed this book when I read it fifteen years ago. Even became a rag picker of sorts. The God Memorandum is an excellent reminder of how amazing we are as humans and that we are walking miracles. I have given no less than 20 copies of this book to folks over the years.
Monica
Thought provoking with inspiring messages. I read this when in my late teens and saw the message as inspiring. Reading now, many years later, the message is less inspiring. Perhaps the message soaked in years ago
Zach Wilber
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino is a very inspirational book. It describes how Og meets a man named Simon Potter, who is a ragpicker that helps people in their lives. Simon teaches Og about life and important lessons. Simon believes that everyone has the ability to change their life around into something good, most people just need some encouragement. Simon has a book called the God Memorandum. This book shows how to have a happy and successful life. og continually spends time ta ...more
Ann
I was required to read this book when I was in 10th grade...a book I had no desire to read, it quickly became one of my favorite books, it is such an inspiring story about the human race and unconditional love. When I became an adult, I started a writing/pen friend type of relationship with the author, Og Mandino. I had him sign this book at one point, and mailed it with a letter of appreciation to the high school teacher who required I read it, telling her what a wonderful teacher she was and h ...more
Agreenwalt
A story of mentorship/friendship at the highest level. I have read this book more than once; I will undoubtedly read again!
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Augustine "Og" Mandino II (December 12, 1923 – September 3, 1996) was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book The Greatest Salesman in the World. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages. He was the president of Success Unlimited magazine until 1976 and is an inductee of the National Speakers Association's Hall Of Fame. ...more
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“An Excerpt from “The Greatest Miracle in the World” -

"Consider a painting by Rembrandt or a bronze by Degas or a violin by Stradivarius or a play by Shakespeare.  They have great value for two reasons:  their creators were masters and they are few in number.  Yet there are more than one of each of these.

On that reasoning you are the most valuable treasure on the face of the earth, for you know who created you and there is only one of you.

Never, in all of the seventy billion humans who have walked this planet since the beginning of time has there been anyone exactly like you. 

Never, until the end of time, will there be another such as you.

You have shown no knowledge or appreciation of your uniqueness.

Yet, you are the rarest thing in the world.”
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“Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead...” 44 likes
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