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The Power of Positive Thinking Paperback – 1 Aug 1996

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911471
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,028,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book had an amazing impact on my life." (Daily Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In his international bestseller, THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, Norman Vincent Peale has inspired millions with his heartfelt prescription for enjoying a more fulfilling life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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The book is loaded with biblical quotes, christian science and traditional religious innuendos.

There are several ways to approach and read this book and take a look at the life and work of the author Norman Vincent Peale.
1. In Retrospect:
’Confessions of a Minister ‘- This is the self-glorified testimony of how a Methodist Minister Managed his flock of sheepish parishioners.

2. In Ratio Aspect:
The Power Of Positive Thinking By Norman Vincent Peale follows the NIV scripture layout of 1 Corinthians 1:23…but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, …
Peale: But ‘I’ preach ’christ crucified’ as ‘Positive Thinking’, a stumbling block to those with knowledge and foolishness to the uneducated.

3. As Suspect:
In later life Peale changed his religious affiliations from Methodist to Reformist - Why?
Methodists are big on faith and works working simultaneously, while Reformists are big on the individual conscience reaching a common understanding with the collective of its members.
Most people do change their religious affiliations when they have become disillusioned with one religion and are still on the path of ’soul searching’ for a sense of ‘belonging’ - the kind that only a church or religious group can provide, but Norman Vincent Peale was raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist Minister, so why the change to The Reformed Church?
It’s only in recent years that history has exposed the abolitionists, the abusers, the heroes, the philanderers, the war heroes and war criminals within the Church and State. Back then, The Church had a tendency to move disgraced ministers around rather than expose them as criminals. Did Peale save them the trouble?
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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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I bought this book after i read some quotes from the author, Normal V Peale does come out with some nice little quotes from time to time but this book is a dishappoinment.

Firstly, if you're a non-christian you wont appreciate this book because its basicly a sermon. Although im a Christian myself Mr Peales idea of helping someone is putting his hand on their head, feeling the energy from God and praying "Dear Jesus..." (he does this many times in the book to people he claims he's helped. Oh, yes, another thing is the people he mentions dont have names. It's always "a man i met", "a prominent scientist" or "an influential man"... i cant help thinking that these claims are unfounded and hard to substantiate.

Secondly, littered throughout the book are things like "you live in America, the greatest country in the world... another reason to be happy" and "no one abhors communism more than i do..." - although the mans entitles to his own opinion, as a religios teacher surely he should be neutral in world affairs and rely on God?

I got 20 pages in, closed the book and dropped it into my local charity shop.
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