The Twelfth Angel by Og Mandino

“Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better.”

In writing this review, I decided not to focus much on the technicalities of the book but on the lessons it tries to deliver. In this book we come to know Timothy Noble, an eleven-year-old child who try to live his life to the fullest. He is not very good at baseball, but he kept on trying, the whole time with determination and a big smile on his face. Although some of the older and better kids laughed and smirked at his constant mistakes and misses, he was never put down and never stopped. He was by far the worst player of all the kids who tried out. But he never never give up.

Let me tell you about my friend Rose. She used to call me “Little Angel”. I can’t remember what is the reason behind that nick name she gave me. But once in awhile,  when I did a little something for her she said to me “anghel talaga kita” (you’re really my angel). I guess, we can be like my friend Rose. She managed to see some of her friends as her angel. She try to appreciate every little good thing in a person. And in a way, it makes that person feel appreciated. I believe that each person we encounter in our lives is given to us for a purpose. They are meant to teach us something no matter how little it may be. We just have to be more open. Like with children, there are so much to learn from them. They are young, vibrant, full of hope and optimism. They live in the moment without much worries of what’s next to come.

As for the book, Og Mandino is one of my favorite authors. I love every book of him that I’ve read and The Twelfth Angel is no different. It’s uplifting and simply moving. It’s an easy book to read. An enjoyable and entertaining story with easy to recall characters and not complicated plot. The story is not something unique but the purposed it serves as an inspirational tale is clearly accomplished (at least to me). There are so much to learn from this book. It reminds us how to fully live our lives. To enjoy everything every moment of everyday. To never lose hope and be brave. It teaches us that life is full of purpose and wonder. That we are put on this earth for a reason, to make a difference and find our purpose. And when we find that purpose we will have every reason to keep going even when the going looks impossible and hopeless.