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Aug, 2022

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The Greatest Miracle in the World

By Og Mandino

Reviewed April 2020


My summary – A Book for Today

Og is one of my favorite authors.  Og did most of his writing while living in Scottsdale.  One December day while he and his wife Bette were driving along Lincoln Drive on their way from their Scottsdale home to Phoenix to do some Christmas shopping, seeing the smog over down town Phoenix, his wife said “lets get out of here”.  At that point their transition began to New England, were they grew up.

For Peggy and me, it was similar.  We loved Scottsdale and particularly the people of AZPlayball, but with both of our boys and all of our grandchildren in Pennsylvania, it was time for our transition.

The Greatest Miracle in the world is my second favorite book of all time.  Over the years I have given numerous copies away, sometimes because I thought they’d like it, sometimes because at that particular time I thought they needed some encouragement.  Don’t we all need some encouragement now with our world is turned upside down with the coronavirus.   I remember the challenges that 911 brought to our country and to AZ Playball but they were nothing compared to this.  Please keep Keith and Amy in your prayers as they steer the league through these uncharted waters.

About ten years before we moved back to PA, we built a tool/garden shed in our back yard.  It had a window that was very visible from our deck and pool area.  From nearly day one, I had a red geranium in the window, very visible to the surrounding areas.  It served as a reminder that part of my mission here on earth was to be a “rag picker”  As you read the Greatest Miracle in the World and discover the story behind the red geranium, my hope is that many of you will be touched to hold a comforting hand out to those we encounter.  As Og said, “I will act now”

Enjoy the Greatest Miracle in the World.


PS – I can still be contacted at [email protected]

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