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Twelfth Angel
     

Twelfth Angel

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by Og Mandino
 

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"A very special story about life and love and courage."
MERLIN OLSEN, SPORTSCASTER
John Harding had a high-powered career, a loving wife, and a beautiful son. He's lost it all and has returned to his home town of Boland, New Hampshire, teetering on the brink of suicide. But an old friend asks John to manage his old Little League team, the Angels. Reluctantly,

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"A very special story about life and love and courage."
MERLIN OLSEN, SPORTSCASTER
John Harding had a high-powered career, a loving wife, and a beautiful son. He's lost it all and has returned to his home town of Boland, New Hampshire, teetering on the brink of suicide. But an old friend asks John to manage his old Little League team, the Angels. Reluctantly, he agrees, and meets a hopeless player who bears a striking resemblance to his dead son—and through their extroardinary relationship, John finds the wisdom in living that he thought had slipped beyond his grasp forever....
AN ALTERNATE SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This foray into fiction by the bestselling inspirational and self-help author ( The Greatest Salesman in the World ) is a slim, formulaic tearjerker. The story is one of grief, courage and emotional rejuvenation. In his early 40s, John Harding returns to his New Hampshire hometown as president of a large and powerful computer firm located in nearby Concord. His life seems nearly perfect until his wife and son are killed in an auto accident. Paralyzed with grief, Harding sinks into near-suicidal depression. Then a childhood friend who has been recuperating from bypass surgery convinces him to coach their old Little League team--the Angels. In this capacity Harding meets Timothy Noble, the 12th and last player to make the team. Timothy, who recites self-affirmations and carries around a ``never-give-up'' attitude, provides the ultimate inspiration for Harding. But from there on out the cliches pile up until what we get is a two-dimensional Little League version of the Lou Gehrig story. Even Mandino's devoted following may be disappointed. Doubleday Book and Music Clubs, Crossings Book Club and Literary Guild selection. (May)
Denise Perry Donavin
Mandino's maudlin tale opens with bereaved widower John Harding contemplating suicide following the death of his wife and son. He is prevented by the arrival of childhood chum Bill West, who implores him to take over the coaching of a Little League team called "the Angels" (coincidentally, the same name as the team on which Bill and John played as kids). The last draft pick for the Angels turns out to be Timothy Noble, a small, fumbling child with a never-give-up attitude that soon permeates the entire team as they go on to become champions. John's grief is diminished by his intense coaching of Timothy, an impoverished and patently unhealthy child whose dying wish--to hit the ball just once--is finally achieved. This tearjerker from the best-selling author of numerous inspirational tomes, including "The Return of the Ragpicker" (1991), arrives just in time for baseball season.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449906897
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/13/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
176

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Twelfth Angel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
KEBRE5 More than 1 year ago
The story of this boy is phenomenal. He treats everyday like its his last. Him and the coach make a perfect pair of friends. Og Mandino has a passion for getting the readers attention!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I had listened to the professional critics who said I may be dissappointed with this book, I would have not read what has become one of my favorite Mandino treasures. At this time, I have no idea where my original 6 copies that I bought and handed out are any more. All I know is that everyone who I have given this book to, thank me and then ask if it's o.k. to lend it to someone. By far, a MUST read with a roll of paper towels beside you. Thanks OG!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book gave me the meaning of life. And I wish all readers to enjoy as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We should all be reading this book to remind ourselves how important it is to reach out and help others. This is a very touching story that pulls at your heart strings. Quick and easy read. Great for when you want to just get away and dive into a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was definitly in keeping with the other mandino books that I have read. I would definitely recomend this book to anyone because of the message that is at the heart of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HAVE GIVING THIS BOOK TO APPROM 15 PEOPLE AND EVERY ONE HAS PASSED IT ON TO SOMEONE THEY LOVE! PLEASE IF THERE IS ONE BOOK YOU READ IN YOUR LIFETIME,THIS IS THE ONE! P.S IF YOU BUY THIS BOOK AND DON'T LIKE IT YOU CAN E-MAIL ME AND I'LL BUY IT FROM YOU TS39@MSN.COM
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first self-help/inspirational novels i have ever read. My mother picked it up when she was working and since reading it, I've been hooked on Mandino. Great author and all his stories just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sure fire book which captures the heart of any little league fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read!! It really hits you in the heart!!! Makes you open your eyes and appreciate life and other things we all take for granted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has some amasing wounders and understanding of the real world and can make one who thinks it is time to give up a reason to want to fight and just shows things can have a good ending in many way. it made me cry but than made me realise that life is a challenge and how one looks at the world isnt so diffrent then anothers. Also that one should always try and always believe that what they know others can do they can do also . If you read it you will see nothing is impossible!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read! Full of courage, love and never giving up! A must read! Thank you, Mr. Mandino!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been a few years since I have read this. I believe this book has impacted me just about more than any book can impact a reader. The lesson to be learned here......well, you'll have to read it and find out!! Get a copy of The Twelth Angel today! Oh, and don't forget a box of kleenex!!! Nobody warned me.
Jimtoyou More than 1 year ago
Have not received book yet, unable to write review.