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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,811 ratings  ·  154 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1986 by Bantam (first published 1984)
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Emily S.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to
This is really one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a self-help book hidden inside a great story, and one that makes you stop and think. I actually burned the chicken tonight trying to finish the last two chapters!

Mandino takes what is usually a preachy subject (how to live our lives) and turns it into an introspective feast. By setting his advice to a fictional story, he makes it interesting without being trite or lightheaded. I appreciated that. I can't handle the self-help boo
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
This book was a quick and easy read. It was a bit odd at times, but overall I appreciated Mandino's message about making the choice to live a successful life through prioritizing those relationships that matter the most. Mandino delivers his message through the story of a man who quits his high-paying, long-hour job to pursue a dream of writing and to spend more time with his family. I liked the following quote very much:

"I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happ
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this 20 years ago and loved it, but this time around found the writing cheesy and found my perspective changed such that the ideas seemed more idealistic than realistic.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular book. I've read this book for the second time three days ago and it still gave me the chills. A wonderful and a good kind of chill, mind you. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very Very NOBLE---I read this 17 years ago, and it still comes back to me, the message resonates..

"Inside every living person is a special ingredient we have never tasted it, never touched it or located it,
but it's there and I am convinced it was put there by God " Mark Christopher

"We lie to each other, we cheat on each other, we brutalize each other, we crawl all over each other all in our race for Wealth, Power, and Fame" Alexander Anthony

I am not sure if the human race is worth saving, and fo
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! :) This book is a reminder of the importance of having your priorities straight. :) It is also about true success and the importance of our choices. I am inspired by Mark Christopher's choice to quit his job to spend more time with his family...even when that meant more uncertainty and risk in making ends meet for a while. I love his choice to write. It's neat to see his success and how he is able to help others, but especially that he doesn't let that change him. "I ch ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book have brought out how we must make our choices to live a better life. The story is really touching and reiterates the importance of the family. The moments and experiences well spent with the person you love and the happiness you get from it. It was an almost perfect life with a twist of some tragedy will happen in the end that will break your heart. It also includes some ghost or a heavenly manifestation which is not that bad but gives some kind of feeling that ruins the story. It just ...more
Jeffrey Lindahl
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well first off; I've never read a motivational book such as this. However I was recommended this book by a family friend and frankly, I couldn't put it down. It starts with an extremely successful business man who is making more money than he can spend, and is about to be promoted. However the nauseatingly quick development of his son shocks him when he recognizes it. He's spent all of his time working instead of enjoying life and his family. He quits his job, rejecting his promotion to Vice Pr ...more
Alexa Montes De Oca
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every summer since everyone gets the same disease (boreness) so my dad makes me read an inspirational book from his whole bookshelf. Afterwards, he makes me write an essay, summarizing the book. Since I was forced to read this book by my dad 2 years ago I was soooooo mad. But after I actually gave the book a chance it was pretty good. The first 30-50 pages it was pretty boring but later on it became really interesting and it grabbed my attention. It might be a little too complicated for some peo ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
The blessing of sickness is that you sometimes get to read more than normally. I was happy to have this book find me at our local Deseret Industries last week. And then I got sick and had a lovely time reading this short story.As I read I wondered about Og and his master story telling ideas. How does he keep you wanting to find out what happens?
The reading of this is timely as we have been hold discussions about moral agency and the choice to act or be acted upon. Here is a quote we talked about
Jason Stadtlander
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was recommended by my father. I really enjoyed it and it hit me on several different levels. Although the book is a bit dated (30+ years old), it still has the same morals and values that I think are important in any motivational book.

There are some deeply spiritual messages in this book, so if that's not something your comfortable with, you probably won't want to read it. If you're okay with that, then it's a must read!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was weird for me. I wanted to read the main character's book, which as far as I can tell doesn't exist, but the author has a book of the same title. I like the main character taking a step into the unknown and taking risks. I recognize this a little bit in my own life. However, it was really hard for me to finish the last chapter. I just wanted to take a nap and had to slog through it... ...more
Camille Bovee
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!
Corey J Blevins
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Og Mandino was a genius

Never before have I read words and sentences arranged in a manner that enlarge my heart and open my soul. Being a melanoma survivor with three young children, I had a very raw connection with the main character. Beautifully written with principles for all ages.
Erica Warren
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A surprisingly captivating read. The suspension of the actual success principles until the end made that part a bit preachy, but it let us focus on the narrator's journey for most of the book. The story was engaging, although the dialogue sounded a bit unnatural at times, more like a stage play. But there are many great principles and ideas hidden throughout. ...more
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
mandino's books are always inspiring ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Superb!!! I just love ALL his books! Highly recommend!
Michael Beyer
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
could not put it down , keeped me going . luved it
James Artre
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The first book by Og Mandino I ever read.

I kept coming back for more and haven't left since. The Choice is yours...Read it!

~ James Artre
David Rosas
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
It changed my life (: thanks to Arantxa for share it to me (:
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I will review this book with a quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: "The natural growth of your inner life will lead you and slowly to other insights... Everything is gestation and then bringing forth." ...more
Phyllis E. Smith
I had never never before looked as deeply into myself and the choices I alone made along the way that have led to my current status in my life . This book has brought these matters to the forefront of my mind. I will absolutely recommend this book to family and friends. It has certainly made a difference to me. I am in the 77th year of my earthly experience and am so e excited to know that as long as there is life, there is hope I need not despair. Each new day is a blessing and an opportunity. ...more
brian d rogers
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Several years ago I was given a book by Of Mandino. I think you can be honestly said that I was not ready for it when I received it then but, I feel as though I am maybe I'm ready for it now. I picked up the choice for just this reason.this book is a very fast read and I read over the course of a couple of different lunch breaks throughout One work week. I love the idea, how about someone who has it all walks away from it, to get it all again just to find himself in the situation of do I give up ...more
Preston True
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re a dad, this is a must read

How often are we trapped by our own doing; the busy-ness of life; the irritation of someone else’s action or words; the invented minutia that comprises our day?

It’s all a waste of our lives. The Choice gave me an opportunity to to see I have a myriad of choices in any situation and that I’m never a prisoner or victim.

What an amazing book to share with your children.
Kevin Eikenberry
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Often in this space I recommend a book I have recently read. Many times those are books just released or out only a few months.

Today, I am doing something different.

I went to my library, knowing I wanted to recommend something that has meant a lot to me – something I could recommend not just with the enthusiasm of a recent reading, but enthusiasm borne with the perspective of time.

May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, short book. Very inspirational. Read it last night and woke up today feeling full of energy and motivation to get on with my life and make the most of it. I'm not certain how long the energy boost will last, hopefully it will have some long term impact. This is not just a book about success but also about finding happiness in every day life. ...more
Frank Lawton
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Most reviews here a great, but this book didn't really do it for me. The indirect but simultaneously very obvious way Mandino used an extravagant and verging fantasy success story to make his point let nothing sink in for me. The point was clear but I did not feel it. I'd have felt it more if it was stated. Regardless it was a very easy book to read, well written and and not frustrating. ...more
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love books by Og Mandino. I love how the book shows so many payoffs for those who work hard and are virtuous. And I love that it shows the consequences for vice. Sometimes it's just fun to get lost in a story and see the world from another person's eyes. This is a great book for that! ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book started great.
At some point, it lost its previous vibe. I couldn't enjoy it later on that much as I was in the first 1/3 of the book.

Lessons are on the point and I like the part where he emphasizes how the family is important.

Either way, I would recommend reading it.
Austin Blue
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely phenomenal. The style of which he writes is extremely captivating while giving you the opportunity to extract the perspective you need of character triumph, overcoming’s, and hope.

This book will go on the list of one of the most heart warming books I’ve ever read
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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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