More deadly earnest uplift from the best-selling author of a dozen other inspirational works, both fiction (The Greatest Salesman in the World: Part II, 1987, etc.) and nonfiction (Og Mandino's University of Success, 1982, etc.). Having provided an awesomely smug rundown on his own comeback from problems with alcohol and a marital breakup, Mandino offers a self-improvement program that, for all its 17 precepts, is cursory as well as superficial. His rules to live by, for instance, run to the unexceptionable likes of: count your blessings: think positively; avoid self-pity; search for the good in adversity; cherish your family; and realize that happiness lies within. Equally unappealing for those not hooked on sunny-side-up fare is Mandino's oft-stated faith in his chummy, if challenging, relationships with God and his only begotten son. Indeed, before retiring from his daily labors, the author lays hands on a portrait of Jesus and whispers: ""Good night, Boss."" Or so he says. Simplistic can-do counsel for those who find Fulghum too advanced.