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The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living [Hardcover]

Norman Vincent Peale
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6 May 2002
This condensed version of the most famous self-help book ever written is a pocket-size volume of inspiration that's as relevant today as it was when first published in 1952. It contains the wisdom of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's best-selling original and Peale's sage advice about developing the mental acumen to surmount obstacles and maintain a positive outlook.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions; Min edition (6 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762412550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762412556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully crafted special edition of the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking, which has inspired millions through the heartfelt prescription for enjoying a more fulfilling life. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! With sound self-confidence you can succeed. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT YOU THINK! 25 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is NOT the full-length book... it is the two-inch-square mini-book, such as is seen in giftshops. It's a mediocre and watered down version of the full-length, and isn't even worth the postage.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Change Your Life!!! 29 Jan 2004
You DO NOT have to be a Christian to benefit from Norman Vincent Peale's books. Hence the number of non Christian Company owneres who've paid a lot of money for him to speak at their confrences. Another review said that there were good things in the book that they could have have thought up themselves, but the fact is, they didn't. What Peale says is common sense and that is why it works. But nobody thinks like this before they read Peale or someone influenced by Peale. The book makes you realize how simple things can be. One thing you do realize which I never knew before was that all Positive pychology has been said before in the Bible. If you let it, this book will change your life for the better. Read it and like me you'll want and will lend it to many friends for them to benefit too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Highly Abridged Edition 8 Sep 2005
By A reader of English - Published on Amazon.com
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This micro edition of the famous book measures 2.76" wide by 3.29" tall and with only 128 pages must be no more than 11% of the full text of "The Power of Positive Thinking." So where does Amazon.com mention this epic shortcoming in the description? Buyer beware, I guess. Very disappointing.
56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing version 13 Dec 2005
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is not the original Power of Positive Thinking book that I was expecting. This is a tiny, pocket-sized abridged version. I did not see that mentioned anywhere in the description, but maybe I just overlooked it. Anyway, I was extremely disappointed because I wanted the original version to give as a gift to a friend. This tiny version has very little information in it. Find the original version if you can. It will change your life.
73 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for non-Christians 19 Mar 2007
By Ember - Published on Amazon.com
The power of positive thinking and strong intentions is well-known and documented, and this short book does indeed offer some strategies for using these techniques. However, the book's primary focus is on establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ, and the author's attitude seems to be that the success of positive thinking hinges on that relationship.

I don't want to sound anti-Christian, but the powers of intention and the law of attraction are enough on their own to give all the results you could ever want or need. A belief in a specific deity or religion are completely unnecessary. Although Peale probably didn't know it at the time of original publication, the law of attraction is a scientific concept, not a religious one. Also, it's rather contradictory to tell someone that they have the power within to accomplish anything, but they need Jesus to do so. Either you have the power or you don't - Jesus has nothing to do with it. (And you DO have the power!)

If you are a Christian, I'm certain that the ideas in this book will resonate. And more power to you! But for those of us who are not, the book comes across as extremely preachy and outdated. There are many better choices on the same topic that don't have some mention of Jesus Christ on 90% of their pages.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I want to add that while I am not a Christian, I DO believe in God. I find it offensive, frankly, that people assume a belief in a deity means one is a Christian, and I want to make it clear that there are more options than just Christianity and atheism!)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate 50 Years and Add 2002 Updated Strategies 26 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, it was 1952, a full 50 years ago that NVP published his first edition of The Power of Positive Thinking. A true cultural pioneer, he launched a movement in PMA = Positive Mental Attitude, and his original book is still very useful today. NVP's influence in psychology was eventually seen in the cognitive therapy revolution. One additional improvement began in 1986 when academic studies of 'constructive pessimism' appeared in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research. Now we know that at least half of us can do even better if we supplement The Power of Positive Thinking with The Positive Power of Negative Thinking, published in 2002 by psychologist Julie Norem. With the two books side-by-side, access to both the classic and the updated strategies is at our fingertips. So I recommend combining the foundation and the update to achieve constructive thinking and better living as we begin this 21st Century.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware - It's a Mini-Book 29 Jan 2004
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I thought I was buying a full sized "hardcover" edition of this book. When it arrived, I was disappointed to find that it was a miniaturized version, approximately 2 x 3 inches. It would make a cute little gift item, but I'm not sure that it contains the entire text of Dr. Peale's book.
Buyer beware! You have to dig down a few levels to get the product details and only there does it describe this book as a miniature version.
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