Sir John Templeton was born in Winchester, Tennessee, went to Yale and then to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is known for his astute investment skills on Wall Street and through the Templeton Mutual Funds. In 1987 he founded the John Templeton Foundation, and he currently funds the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
In this book, Templeton builds on his earlier Discovering the Laws of Life to collect over 200 spiritual laws that he believes affect personal attitudes and personal development. These laws, or spiritual principles, are drawn from all of the world's religious traditions as well as from successful figures in secular life, such as Mike Ditka, former coach of the Chicago Bears and now coach of the New Orleans Saints, inventor Henry Ford and Templeton himself. Templeton has divided the book into increments of 40 weeks, and he provides five laws for each weekly period. The laws follow a predictable pattern; each law is stated, and Templeton then offers a reflection on that law. Other inspiring quotations appear in the margins. The end product is a positive-thinking handbook filled with simple exhortations reminiscent of the Horatio Alger stories of the 19th century. (June)