Overview Recounts the story of a young vice president who must decide whether his family or business life is more important to him
Publishers Description 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"
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Publishers Weekly - 02/28/1986
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.87" Width: 4.18" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1986
ISBN 0553245767 ISBN13 9780553245769
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More About Og Mandino
Og Mandino is one of the most widely read inspirational and self help authors in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the International Speakers Hall of Fame and honored with the Masters of Influence by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996, but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Choice?
Not Inspirational Feb 6, 2008
This book claims it has a surprisingly new message of hope...it doesn't. Its about Og and how he left his job to write a book...
You choose how to live your life Oct 7, 2007
I have read all of Og's books. This book is a follow up to "The World's Greatest Salesman." It talks about the struggles of writing the first book and the great success that resulted when it was published. It talks about quitting a successful career and going off into the Northeast to write a book. It talks about the effect that big change had on his wife and children. It talks about his self doubts and his personal struggles during the lean times and then the different problems that he had when he suddenly became rich and famous. He makes a very good case for how each of us has choices in the way we can life our lives. The choices come along each day in many small ways. You just never can predict what will happen as a result of each small choice. It is a thought provoking book.
A Reluctant "Thumbs Down" Jun 10, 2007
I begin with three "although's":
Although I realize many people enjoy Og Mandino's works (I myself have enjoyed his short stories in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books), and
although there may be something helpful here for a reader searching for a message of hope (mostly limited to a short "speech" near the end of the story), AND
although the story itself was entertaining and surprising, I was ultimately disappointed in the end.
For those searching for hope, Mandino's book "A Better Way to Live" might prove more helpful. (However, for a full serving of honest hope, I much more strongly recommend something like Philip Yancey's "What's So Amazing About Grace," Fred Rogers' "You Are Special" or "The World According to Mister Rogers," or nearly any fictional work by Madeleine L'Engle.)
For the rest of you seeking for just some solid spiritual nourishment, this book comes up short.
(By the way, a reviewer should state WHY a book is good or bad; as I write this, only one or two others in this this site forum have done so, and only one in any detail. And I find it suspicious that two who do recommend this book are also plugging their own books along with Mandino's.)
"The Choice" is apparently about Og Mandino himself; the main character (Mark Christopher) is writing his first book, "A Better Way to Live," which is Mandino's own first book; furthermore, the main character's mother died while making the author a tunafish sandwich, which is Og's own history as well. Whether or not the story in "The Choice" is intended to be an accurate account of how Mandino wrote "A Better Way," it is obvious that he intends for the reader to identify Mark Christopher with himself.
Given that, the main story is ultimately about what a wonderful person the author of "A Better Way to Live" is. Oh, sure, there is a speech of hope at the end -- slightly over 11 pages (in the paperback edition) that may stir you to find a better way -- but 11 out of 162 pages is probably fewer than you are looking for.
At the end of the book, he writes that Heaven finds his (the author's) words so stirring, that he is granted a longer life to "share, unselfishly," his way to a better life(!).
Okay, let's give Og Mandino the benefit of the doubt: let's imagine Heaven really did grant him that favor.
How is a story which (1) uses the vast majority of the pages to show what a wonderful man the author is, but (2) only a fraction of the book to discuss his ways to a better life, "unselfishly" helping others?
Let me be clear: I do understand that Og Mandino's writings have honestly helped many people, and I do not disagree with that assessment. However, if the eleven-page speech in "The Choice" was fleshed out to become the main message, this book would prove much more worthy of the descriptions on its front and back covers. As it stands, I cannot recommend it.
So what are you waiting for? Check out Mandino's "A Better Way to Live" instead -- and don't forget the works of Philip Yancey, Fred Rogers, and Madeleine L'Engle!
Your future, your success and your happiness are a choice Aug 27, 2006
This classic book by Og Mandino teaches us a valuable lesson about success and life in general. The story focuses on a man who leaves a successful corporate career to pursue his passion of becoming a writer. The story will keep your attention and will hopefully inspire you to pursue your dreams. If you are looking to step out of your own comfort zone and pursue your true dreams, then this is the book for you!
Charles Holmes Author, The Little Book About Big Success
Writing at its Best Jul 22, 2006
I have read everyone of Og Mandinos Books and all I can say is that he writes with brilliance, clarity, enthusiasm, and spirit. You can never go wrong with any of his books. He points out the path to success and motivates the spirit within to achieve all that we as human beings are capable. He helped me to tap into my innate genuis and create a life of prosperity and creativity. If you havent raed his books, start now and your journey of the spirit will begin. He was a born writer and even after his passing continues to have a great influence on many people old and young. He truly lived a purposeful and divine life. Go buy all his books and enjoy the growth and enlightenment. After that Buy my Book " Your daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present". Enjoy and rememeber you are capable of great things in your life.