The Twelfth Angel by Og Mandino

Book review

What a wonderfully uplifting book.

This book, originally published in 1993, tells the story of John Harding, a successful businessman with a gorgeous and happy family, who returns to live in his hometown of Boland, New Hampshire. However, tragedy strikes when his wife and son are killed in a tragic car accident and John’s perfect life is shattered. He becomes suicidal, but just when he is about to end it all an old school friend turns up to offer some kind words and ask a favour.

That favour, to manage their old Little League Baseball team, turns John’s life around. Not only does he regain focus in his life but takes strength and courage from a small boy who is facing challenges of his own.

Initially when I picked this book up and saw that it was centred around Little League baseball I really wondered if it would sustain my interest. But, remember the old saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover’! From start to finish I was truly riveted.  

By the end I was in floods of tears, sobbing my heart out. But, I felt uplifted, positive and motivated for the day ahead too. I think we forget the power of just being kind. It also reminded me that men go through the same terrible emotions as we do, and we often overlook and forget this as they are less likely to articulate them.

Read this book, you won’t regret it.


About the author

Og Mandino was an American inspirational and self-help writer and published over twenty books. He died in 1996.


This and other books by the author are available on Amazon.



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