Publish: Published May 1st 2007 by Fireside Books (first published 1952)
ISBN: ISBN 1416560610 (ISBN13: 9781416560616)
“This book is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.”
— Norman Vincent Peale
The precursor to The Secret, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped millions of men and women to achieve fulfillment in their lives. In this phenomenal bestseller, Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action. With the practical techniques outlined in this book, you can energize your life — and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. You’ll learn how to:
Expect the best and get it
Believe in yourself and in everything you do
Develop the power to reach your goals
Break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life
Improve your personal and professional relationships
Assume control over your circumstances
Be kind to yourself
Some Reviews: 66,513 ratings 1,078 reviews in Goodreads.com
I was hesitant to read this book, since I am not much a spiritual person, but I began reading it with an open mind. It was difficult to read at first. It felt like Peale was trying to convert me–like the book itself was a mere attempt to convert non-Christians. After finishing this book, I don’t think that’s what Peale was attempting to do. I truly believe that he was simply detailing methods by which people can live better lives, in this case, through a higher power. That being said, even disregarding the spiritual aspects of this book, the psychological components of his advice are sound. Filling your mind with positive thoughts, refraining from harboring hate toward others, the idea that your mental state can cause physical illness–all of it is corroborated by scientifically studied psychological evidence. The spiritual aspects of the book can be debated, but the psychology behind it is true.
I wish I could give ten starts rather than just five. What a great book packed with motivations, true stories of ordinary people, wonderful methods and more…Wonderful book and made me buy almost all of Dr. Peale’s books and I am just so excited about reading them and learning from them.
Believe in yourself, have faith in your abilities then the rest will follow if you read the book with all your heart and desire to change your life…
I loved every single page of this book and it’s a kinda book that you would keep going back for guidance.. It fills you with hope and positive energy..
Worth every single penny I spent . This book was a xmas gift from me to me last xmas and I can honestly say that it’s a book sent from Heaven. Somehow it came into my life and I am so glad that it did..
Read it and enjoy it and i am sure you will learn great things and you will benefit from the book..
With saccharine terrorism, Mr. Peale refuses to allow his followers to hear, speak or see any evil. For him real human SUFFERING DOES NOT EXIST; there is NO SUCH THING AS MURDEROUS RAGE, SUICIDAL DESPAIR, CRUELTY, LUST, GREED, MASS POVERTY, OR ILLITERACY. All these things he would dismiss as trivial MENTAL PROCESSES WHICH WILL EVAPORATE IF THOUGHTS ARE SIMPLY TURNED INTO MORE CHEERFUL CHANNELSShould you worry about BESTIALITY?
As soon as a religious authority endorses our capacity for hatred, either by refusing to recognize unpleasantness in the style of Mr Peale or in the more classical style of SETTING UP A NICE COMFORTABLE SATAN TO HATE, it lulls our struggles for GROWTH TO A STANDSTILL … Thus Mr Peale’s book is not only inadequate for our needs but even undertakes to DROWN OUT THE FRAGILE INNER VOICE WHICH IS THE SPUR TO INNER GROWTH.
I’m an atheist. I rated this book 5 stars. Because the description of the energy of the universe is fitting. Whether or not you believe in God is irrelevant. If you don’t, you can translate anything Peale says about God to Nature or the Harmonic Force of Nature. And the message still holds, and comes through clearly.There is a way to tune yourself into nature, people, and the harmonic forces in your life. You can use this energy, or neglect it. Part of it is gut feeling, and part of it is listening to what works, and feeling what is right.
If you read this book enough times, you will find parallels to Star Wars, and the two sides of The Force. Think of Peale as the Christian version of Yoda. While you read this, you can either be Skywalker or Darth Vader. Embrace your path, understand your mission, and stop fighting your destiny.
I’m not a self-help book fan. Just because you have a good idea, doesn’t mean you have enough material to write an entire book about it, right? I usually get a lot out of the author’s introduction paragraph where he introduces his idea–and then it all goes downhill from there. The rest of the book rehashes his idea in each chapter with cheesy fillers, quotes and anecdotes that miraculously happened in exactly the way needed to drive the point home.This book has some of all that self-help book cheese, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the focus on God. I felt that each chapter covered a new (enough) subject matter that related to the entire lesson of the book. The exercises at the end of the chapter are helpful and build on each other. And I really do feel more positive when I use the skills taught in the book.