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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; Special Gift Edition edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091947456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091947453
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.1 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,724 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.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 4 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
It's such a simple and effective concept, that positive thinking creates a positive life, yet hard to do at times- which is a good reason alone to read this book.

Most everything we accomplish each day starts out as a thought. Thoughts flash across our minds each day, all day long, and directly influence how we feel and what we do. So, if you spend your day thinking about negative things, expect to feel bad. On the other hand, if you spend your day concentrating on positive things, good things will happen. And that's basically the purposeand premise of this book- to change your thinking for the better, which in turn will influences your life. The book will "reset your sights" so to speak.

Each chapter of the book tackles important life issues, such as worrying, creating happiness, having energy, etc. Examples of the principles abound, and each chapter ends with a nice summary.

An inspiring and entertaining read, I recommend this book to anyone who needs a little nudge in the direction of positive thinking. Know though, that there is a definite religious tone throughout the book, which could bother some. Those looking for something a little more in the physical rather than cognitive realm to pick you up, might be better off with a book like Exercise Beats Depression.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By melee on 10 Aug 2010
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An interesting read based on Christian faith. I believe the book helps those who already have some basic Christian beliefs. It helps to focus on particular Bible verses which promote positive thinking. It also gives numerous examples which reinforce the power of prayer. I found it an uplifting book with guidance to developing a positive attitude and confidence.It is a book that one can read random chapters of at any time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec 2006
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If you are looking for a guide to faith-based self-improvement, this book is, well, the bible. In one of the earliest contemporary self-help books, famed clergyman Norman Vincent Peale explains how you can overcome any obstacle, internal or external, through the dynamic combination of the "science of faith" with psychological counseling and modern medicine. He teaches you how to banish the negative thoughts that cause fear and failure, and replace them with "the power of positive thinking." In this warm, faith-based book, first published 1952, he teaches readers his approach to solving problems and accepting yourself. He advocates using the New Testament and prayer to attain peace, happiness, love and success. The catch is, you must be one of the faithful to take full advantage of Peale's Christian teachings. His classic bestseller is more than a warm, if slightly quaint, self-help book. It's a cultural icon, filled with old-time religion and practical examples. We recommend it as a touchstone in this genre. If you want to walk this path, Peale got here first. In fact, many of today's self-development bestsellers have their roots in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edgard Osuagwu on 4 April 2000
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I heard about this book on the radio. Since then I have recommended it to several people. And I am about to buy another copy for a relative. The audio is clear and deals with everyday life. It has helped me think about life in a different way. I unconditionally recommend the book/audio
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 1999
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The best thing you will ever do in life is to read this book.I read it when I was a clild of 12 years old, had I not I do not know where I would be today. I am now 30 and saw somebody I loved go through realy bad times. I gave it to her for a christmas present. Now she laughts again, when I was certain all was gone. The are no word to express my thanks. read it .If you see somebody in need give it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Beckwell on 10 Oct 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I first read this book when I was 22 and I'm now 70. I only read it once but I remember it all and benefit from what I learnt from it every day. How much more difficult my life would have been without it. For example: "Every adversity brings with it the seed of a greater benefit." Once you fully understand that you understand a lot about life. I note some reviewers reject the book as 'Bible-bashing' - a snide comment in an age when we are supposed to respect the religious views (or lack of them) of others. Let them stagger and stumble in their darkness.

Plato, Socrates, Spengler, Shopenhaur and Bertram Russell all had something important to say, I'm sure. But I say Norman Vincent Peale was head and shoulders above them all because he wrote in the language of the people. We will not see his like again in many a long year.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. K. Egan on 8 Feb 2011
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I bought this book for three reasons. The first reason is because it featured in '50 self-help classics' by Tom Butler-Bowdon and having read many self-help books which all emphasise the importance of positive thinking, I was interested in reading one of the most famous and best-selling books on the topic.

The second reason is because I watched a documentary on the billionaire Donald Trump and discovered that Norman Vincent Peale was actually his preacher in New York!

The final reason which persuaded me to finally buy the book is when I watched another documentary, a BBC one, called 'the American Dream.' A priest gave an interview for the documentary explaining how the principles in the book had inspired him to achieve an olympic medal, I think it was for pole vaulting, but I cannot remember for sure!

In terms of the positive thinking aspects of the book, I did not really learn anything that was of any significant difference from what I had already learnt from other self-help books. The one way in which the book did help me however was by helping me to re-discover my faith.

The author of the book was a preacher and he often cites bible passages which he recommends that people memorise, passages such as: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me' and 'according to your faith be it unto you.' I am usually very sceptical and reluctant to try out exercises such as these which are proposed in self-help books (which I suppose defeats the purpose of reading them!) but I gave it a shot and it has really helped me.

I use to go to church regularly but limited my worship to the church service. It wasn't until I read this book that I realised faith could be applied on a daily basis and to anything.
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