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As a Man Thinketh [Paperback]

James Allen
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31 Jan 2013
As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay of James Allen, the title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement, he was born in Leicester, England, into a working-class family, Allen was the elder of two brothers. His mother could neither read nor write while his father, William, was a factory knitter. In 1903, Allen published his third and most famous book As a Man Thinketh. ‘’Men do not attract what they want, but what they are.’’ ‘’A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.’’ ’’Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built.’’ ‘’The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears. It reaches the height of its cherished aspirations. It falls to the level of its unchastened desires - and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.’’ ‘’Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.’’ ‘’Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.’’ ‘’Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.’’ ‘’Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself.’’ ‘’You cannot travel within and stand still without.’’ ‘’As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts, can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.’’ ‘’Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err’’

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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (31 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482330741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482330748
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Allen was 15 when his father, a businessman, was robbed and murdered. He left school to work full-time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family. He later married Lily L. Allen and became an executive secretary for a large company. At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. Allen - along with his wife and their daughter, Nohra - moved to a small cottage in Ilfracombe, Devon, England to pursue a simple life of contemplation. There he wrote for nine years, producing 19 works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Friend who Understands YOU, Creates YOU 23 Feb 2010
By Darcy
This amazing book was written by James Allen in 1904 and with the world in its current state, this book should be essential reading for anyone wanting to live a life of abundance and create a better life for his/her family.
The books hit upon important areas such as the effect of Thought on Circumstances, whereby men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.

I shall leave you with you an important paragraph taken from this small yet effective book, which may help you decide whether this book is for you or not.

A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that a weaker is willing to be helped. And even then the weaker man must become strong himself. He must by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.

The above paragraph sums it up pretty well, if you want anything in life, good or bad, it all starts with the intention, if intentions are good, then good will surely come your way and vice versa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dynamite 21 Oct 2003
James Allen proves that it is possible to pack dozens of valuable nuggets in a small package. The language is often lofty and dated, which in other works detracts from the material. In this case it reads like the writings of a wise old scholar, enhancing the content and its weight.
If you enjoy highlighting key points, keep the cap off your highlighter while reading this. More than just an essay on positive thinking, Allen walks the reader through applications for personal growth, putting thought into action, using personal gifts to achieve right purposes, persevering to develop character, sacrificing and putting forth your full effort.
Powerful nuggets in a tiny package. Dynamite.
Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exellent short book on the power of the mind. 14 July 1997
By A Customer
This book can serve as a turning point in any individuals life. Once one has mastered the control of the mind, they can determine the outcome of their life. The greatest testimony of this book comes from a 15yr old who read the book and has transformed his life. I have recommended this book and bought this book for many. I encourage the buying of this book for all who want to achieve their ultimate potential.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Sep 2001
By A Customer
You are what you think. You are literally the sum of your thoughts. Action only comes once the seeds of thought have been planted and sowed. James Allen leads listeners to self-improvement through his inspiring and simple message: you are what you think. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom" by Taro Gold - which is written in much the same spirit as James Allen's work. Excellent!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As A Man Thnketh. 31 Oct 2010
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Sincere comments given herein by me for anyone who cares to read them.

Frankly, in this materialistic and cynical world we tend to hang our heads in despair when wading through hundreds of false and silly comments about books, films, and TV programmes. Like me, you probally disagree with most of these.

Bless this author for leading humanity into more light for his wisdom is so very needed.

I have read many spiritual and philosophical books yet this one ranks as one of the very best. It is a priceless Tome-of-Wisdom that everyone should have - quite magnificent!

Makes one think...and think... and sort oneself out!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Man Readeth, so He becomes Free! 16 Mar 2009
Ever wondered about cause and effect? Ever pondered upon that gnawing problem in your life that you feel sure you have the power to resolve, you just can't quite get a hold of it? Problems losing your temper, feeling low self-esteem? Do you feel positive, but are not being able to convert those thoughts into action? Read this book!

At 60 odd small pages of large print this can probably be read in an hour. But do not let quantity be confused with quality - for this book could be read and re-read thousands of times in a life without decrease in profit to the reader.

Quite simply, Mr Allen explains how our thoughts shape us. Us as characters, us as personalities. Us as our personal appearance, us as our neatness and tidiness, or lack thereof. Us as our temper and anger, or us as serene and self-possessed. Us as thinkers and poets, or us as degenerates and slobs. We are what we think!

This book does not transform you in and of itself. What it does do is provide an eloquent and inspiring reminder to yourself - you are who you want to be. No excuses, no pretending, no whining. Allen lays down a challenge; experiment with the prinicples of clean, virtuous, wholesome, uplifting, kind, polite and generous thought, and see what happens in your life. Conversely, if you wish to be honest with yourself; ask and experiment at what results have only ever come through selfishness, laziness, slobbery, vanity, perversion, and the grovelling thoughts and feelings associated therewith.

Upon the discovery that, as Mr Allen states, the law of thought is governed by the law of the harvest, i.e.
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