Whew. If not for a friend who likes this book, I couldn’t finish it. I didn’t like it, but I will try to be semi objective.
First of all, I think this should be “12 seromons for life”. The author is, I think, believer and uses Bible very often as a solution/example of problem with solution/the best guidance. At one point I simply started to skim his bible’ishing because it was often not related (for me) to the topic, boring or imho wrong. At the same time, it’s fun to see how he is trying to manipulate the reader into belief (ha!) that you should check/recheck your faith. For example, I liked his subtle ways of exlplaining that atheist are not really non-believers, they just don’t know what they believe. Or another example, he mentiones that our ancestors figured out ways of society and we should follow their advice, and you shouldn’t argue with it because you don’t have generations of generations of the advice, who are you to challenge the collected wisdom? Oh and a best rememeber compilation of such advice is… the Bible
As for writing, I also found it a bit too seromon’ish. The way he writes in absolute truth, then switches to short sentences, really reminds me of a priest talking. That also makes the chapters very long, while I feel they could benefit from some cutting of the bloat.
Ok, as for the rules. I cannot say that the book is full of wrong advice, it’s just… I think the summary I’m getting is that he wants the reader to be strong character who follows his own voice, but is also a considerate person, can defend his own opinion and stand by his beliefs. Then the chapters are description of the above, together with his pros and cons of not following it. It’ all very fluid and repetetive.
I think if I read this book before reading others, more heavy books, or if I read it when I was much younger, I might found his advice (and an easy way of writing) interesting and engaging. Right now it was… too slow and obvious?
At the same time, that makes the book very easy to read, and being split into 12 chapters that are (in theory) unrelated, a good weekend read (over many weekends that is :d)