The book is ideally suited for contemplative reading since the chapters are short and the reflections and quotations so pithy. A number of principles recur during the book, such as the importance of a positive and loving attitude, of determination and perseverance, of forgiveness and humility. Needless to say the selections reflect the life experience of Sir John himself, who at 91 is still actively engaged in his extensive philanthropic work. Sir John is an exemplar of many of the qualities about which he writes so eloquently. The book contains the kind of insights that one would associate with advice given by a wise old relative or teacher; many more experienced readers will recognize their own life lessons in the text but younger readers may glean some valuable understanding that will support them through their journeys.

March 20, 2004