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Power of Positive Thinking, The

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It teaches positive thinking, not as a means to fame, riches or power, but as the practical application of faith to overcome defeat and accomplish worthwhile creative values in life.

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The Power of Positive Thinking is unparalleled in its extraordinary capacity for restoring the faltering faith of millions. In this phenomenal bestseller, Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action.


"If it were not for his wife's persistence, this book - which is one of the all-time bestselling self-help titles and made Norman Vincent Peale a founder of the human potential movement - may never have been published. He was in his fifties when he wrote it, and had received nothing but a stack of rejection slips. Dejected, he threw the manuscript into the wastebasket and forbade his wife to remove it. She took him literally, next day presenting the manuscript inside the wastebasket, to the successful publisher.

The book has sold around 20 million copies in 42 languages. Along with How to Win Friends and Influence People and Think and Grow Rich, it is one of the original 20th century self-help classics.

Peale's theme is that we don't have to depend on ourselves; there are incredible sources of power open to us if we only believe in their existence. We make life hard, but an appreciation of the universe's ability to make good and to provide would lead us to see life as flowing and abundant. Life seems difficult because we only believe in ourselves. He expresses the great secret of self-help that, in order to gain personal power and peace, we have to be willing to go beyond the merely personal to something greater than ourselves.

There is an unassailable logic to Peale's book that if you're feeling down, can forcefully restore life again and again, clearing all doubt from the mind."           ~50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books To Transform Your Life by Tom Butler-Bowdon


"To sum up—what can you do to build up your self-confidence? Following are ten simple, workable rules for overcoming inadequacy attitudes and learning to practice faith. Thousands have used these rules, reporting successful results. Undertake this program and you, too, will build up confidence in your powers. You, too, will have a new feeling of power.

  1. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture "success" no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
  2. Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.
  3. Do not built up obstacles in your imagination. Depreciate every so-called obstacle. Minimize them. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen for only what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.
  4. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as YOU can. Remember also that most people, despite their confident appearance and demeanor, are often as scared as you are and as doubtful of themselves.
  5. Ten times a day repeat these dynamic words, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) (Stop reading and repeat them NOW slowly and confidently.)
  6. Get a competent counselor to help you understand why you do what you do. Learn the origin of your inferiority and self-doubt feelings which often begin in childhood. Self-knowledge leads to a cure.
  7. Ten times each day practice the following affirmation, repeating it out loud if possible. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13) Repeat those words NOW. That magic statement is the most powerful antidote on earth to inferiority thoughts.
  8. Make a true estimate of your own ability, then raise it 10 percent. Do not become egotistical, but develop a wholesome self-respect. Believe in your own God-released powers.
  9. Put yourself in God's hands. To do that simply state, "I am in God's hands." Then believe you are NOW receiving all the power you need. "Feel" it flowing into you. Affirm that "the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21) in the form of adequate power to meet life's demands.
  10. Remind yourself that God is with you and nothing can defeat you. Believe that you now RECEIVE power from him."     

~Chapter 1, Believe in Yourself


The son of a Methodist minister, Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio, in 1898. Following college (Ohio Wesleyan University) and work on newspapers (Detroit Journal), he enrolled at Boston University School of Theology. After ordination he quickly became a popular preacher who could swell congregation numbers tenfold. At age 34, Peale moved to Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, where he stayed through the Depression and World War Two until the early 1980s. His sermons became so well known they attracted tourists.

He was sometimes criticised by fundamentalist Christians for his liberal understanding of Christianity and embrace of other faiths. Politically, he was conservative: he traveled to Vietnam at President Nixon's request and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Reagan. Peale wrote over 35 books after Positive Thinking, and was a prolific speaker, still addressing a hundred groups a year in his nineties. He passed over at the age of 95 on Christmas Eve, 1993; the Peale Center in New York City carries on his work.

Author Peale, Norman Vincent
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 224 pp.
Publisher Fawcett Columbine 1996
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