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The Power Of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide To Mastering The Problems Of Everyday Living

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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.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 27th 2002 by Running Press Miniature Editions (first published 1952)
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Jul 22, 2012 Shelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I am constantly reading on and off. I found it on a trip in Sante Fe, New Mexico. It turned up right in front of me while I was shopping at a local book store. You know how a book comes into your life just at the right time, well this is the book for me. It has helped change my life at a point when I needed it the most, I should say a very negative time in my life. I would recommend it to anyone. It is one of those books that you highlight and go back to reread parts of it ag ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Bilal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Altough i am a muslim but i found this book equally revealing, all of the methods and techniques i read in this book are easily applicable to any one regard less of their religion and faith. the thought which Mr Norman discussed in this book is already known to every muslim, but are long lost and forgotten, But thanks to him that i am now again connected to my roots and living at peace. I recommend reading this book with an open mind so that your cast, culture and religion will not interfear in ...more
Michael Todd
Sep 17, 2009 Michael Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Though written over 50 years before "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, it almost exactly mirrors that book. The terminology may be different ("pictureize" instead of "visualize") but the techniques are similar.

I've used techniques put forth in "The Secret" and in this book and they do work. Put bluntly, it has to be believed to work in order to work.

If nothing else, there is practical advice for the aid of sleeping, clearing your mind and reducing your level of anger in tense situations. Additional
May 05, 2012 Viraj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a few
Recommended to Viraj by: -
Shelves: self-help
No citations. When an author says: "here is a story when a woman/man who had XYZ difficulty, used these principles had remarkable results", it turns me off. Any random person can come up with such stories. No citations / no names. The mantra given are fine and ok style too, but I felt that the emphasis on Christianity was unnecessary. Not that it offended me, I don't care, but it implies unnecessary that other religions don't have the same / good teachings.
Anyway, put me to sleep too. :(
Prior to reading this, I didn't know that is was a Christianity based self-help book. The information in this book has been rehashed in The Secret and many other self-help books. Why? Because it works.

I don't know when cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) was introduced, but this books has lots of techniques from that as well, and CBT has been proven to help eliminate anxiety and depression.

In summary, one has to renew our thoughts and speech and this will in turn change our thinking process, whic
Jul 16, 2013 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK! I love books about positivity, self-improvement, etc. and after hearing so much about how this is one of the most inspirational and positive books ever written, I finally read it and promptly regretted it. This book is nothing more than propaganda and shameless marketing for the author's "church" (i.e., business). Just when I started thinking, "oh, I can get behind the concept he's teaching" -- BAM! -- there goes another sneaky advertising for ...more
Chad Warner
A few people told me that that this was among the great self-improvement books. Not knowing anything about the book or author, I decided to read it. Because of the recommendations I had received, I was very surprised at how explicitly Christian the book is; I was expecting a secular "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" kind of self-improvement book. Instead, the author focuses on prayer and involving God in every aspect of your life; and not just in one or two chapters, but all of them.

Sep 18, 2008 Kathleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I found this book pretty useless. I understand the power of faith in God, but if you're going to write a whole book you need to have something other than that mantra repeated on every page. There are no practical tips and its written as if he's a grade school teacher talking to his students. Read Pema Chodron instead, or even Martin Seligman's books about optimism and happiness.
Jan 27, 2014 Book'd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The Power of Positive Thinking was my first book for 2014 and I am glad I chose to start the year surfing on positive sails. Lately, I have turned quite picky about the books I read owing to the very little time I get to spare. So, just when I find all but raving reviews about this book, I get fortunate enough to receive an audiobook from Reado and all I have to do is plug the earphones and there I go!

About this book, I can write for pages together since there is so much the author has generous
Sally George
Nov 04, 2012 Sally George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book over 35 years ago, at a stage in my life when I needed to leave home and go out into the world. It did help me then. I decided to re-read it as I am at a different stage in life, will soon be the big 60 and don't want to turn into a grumpy old woman! It is easy to lapse into grumbling and groaning - especially when it is all you hear at work and from the friends who have become negative. Well, I did enjoy the book and it has reminded me that looking at life positively (every clo ...more
Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking was first published in 1952 after World War II. His book tried to give optimism to a post war culture; it also began the self-help genre. Peale’s book is based on the title as it encourages the reader to try his method of positive thinking to live a richer and more rewarding life. But explicit in the title is not just mere change, but instead his approach preachers power to transform the reader’s life. So how does he say that this is possible ...more
May 25, 2013 Winston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-harm
My father forced me to listen to this drivel for weeks on end when I was 12. Even then, I did not find the ideas in this book the least bit persuasive or helpful.

One of Peale's friends is quoted as saying "Every day when I wake up I realise I have a choice. I can be happy or unhappy. So what do I do? I'm not dumb. I just CHOOSE to be happy." What nonsense. I am reminded of a particularly callous sermon I had the misfortune of listening to in Japan back in 2010, where a pampered pastor described
Khaial mahsum
كتاب جميل جدا ، عبارة عن حديث القدسي ( انا عند الظن عبدي بي فليظن بي ماشاء) .... وفي المسيحية (بحسب ايمانكما ليكن لكما ) بمعني انك اذا امنت بهذا الشئ الذي تتمناه فأنت تحقق هذا ،
و ما حثني علي قراءته مضمون افكار ايجابية ، كتاب بسيط ولكن الي حابب يقراءة افضل ان يكون لديه بعض معلومات عن ايجابية كأسلوب الحياة و كيفية عمل العقل.
عجبني كثيرا حين عرفت بعض معلومات عن افكار مسيحية يتبين لك من خلال بعض اقتباس من كتاب المقدس في المسيحية ( العهد الجديد) ان احنا كلنا ممكن ان نتقرب من الله بغض النظر عن ديانتن
Tom Barnes
Oct 24, 2008 Tom Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Norman Vincent Peale, one of America’s most distinguished speakers was not born with that gift. As a child Norman was shy and retiring and had a terrible inferiority complex. Then to add to those feelings of inferiority, he was a preacher’s son and believed that he was expected to be perfect. Well, he didn’t want to be perfect he wanted to be hard-boiled and something else, he vowed never to become a preacher. He grew up in a religious family and as part of the church community from time to time
Apr 05, 2012 Princesskelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have always considered myself to be optimistic and positive. I’m the one in the group that always find inspiration in the bright side, sometimes annoyingly so to everyone else. I had high hopes for The Power of Positive Thinking when I started reading the book, but no matter how hard I tried to stay positive I just could not get passed how ridiculous I felt for reading it. Don’t get me wrong, I pride myself for my positivity in adverse situations, but this book seriously made me want to stab m ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Carl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those seeking self-help with religious undertones
Shelves: self-motivation
A bit too religious. Norman Vincent Peele has written dozens of books. This is perhaps his most widely known one. As I said, it is a bit to laden with religion for my taste. He is a preacher, so a certain amount is to be expected, but I was excited when I came across the book in a store, and disappointed by the time I finished it...

I dont usually go for books in the self help genre but then I like to read books that friends recommend. Someone recommended this to me but I had a hard time getting past theology that the author takes as a given from his readers.
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

This is a book which has sold millions of copies and is considered a self-help classic. It has ‘positive” aspects.

I was wondering which came first: this book or the positive psychology trend, approach. Because what I found in this book is very similar to the facts, suggestions written in Learned Optimism and other psychology books.

In The Power of Positive Thinking the approach is different: God is the source of “positive”, good things in your
Достаточно забавная психология из позапрошлого века... Один из классических образчиков self-help-литературы со всеми её плюсами и минусами. Но сразу хочу предупредить читателей, что содержание книги ничего общего не имеет с современной позитивной психологией, например, в версии Мартина Селигмана.

Этот текст: это гибрид из простейших рекомендаций по самовнушению и пастырских рекомендаций верующим. Да-да, вы не ослышались! Автор этой книги - пастор, и поэтому вся его книга пропитана религией. Слов
Jennifer Holland
Oh boy. I didn't actually read this one, I just listened to the audio book during a long car ride. It's read by the author, bless his heart, who was ninety-five years young when he recorded it, but doesn't sound a day over ninety-four. It's really more like a good old-fashioned Protestant sermon with a lot of anecdotal evidence and feel-good testimonials. Recommended for terminally upbeat people with the bi-annual blues.
Lucie Paris
The tittle has piqued my interest.
What is another coue method or something similar to "The Secret"? Let's say that it gives advices and how to see life trouble with a grain of positivity.

Really different from my usually reads, I may have frown once or twice (ok more than that) at the mention of god into the process of powerful imagining and success in achieving goals. But having faith is important. It doesn't matter what we believe in, this book still give interesting point of view through a lo
Alex Moller
Even though I consider myself to be a spiritualist with quite an open mind and a love for metaphysical books pertaining to positive thinking and success, I was undeniably disappointed to discover that this book was practically a transcript of a Christian sermon. I appreciate religion and have studied it for years, but being Jewish I have zero interested in employing Christianity as a tool for positive thinking. I have found this book very hard to relate to despite having tried my hardest to give ...more
Nicole Marquette
This is my favorite book. It has changed my life and my thinking. Even though it was written in the 1950's, the same principles apply today. Please read this if you haven't already!
Heather Roxburgh
Learn to re-program your mind into thinking positive at all times, in any situation!! Great Read (or listen)!!
I picked this up because I liked what I read in the bookstore, it was Christmas/EmotionalShitstorm, and New York had violently robbed me of hope. This book entirely changed Phyllis Diller's life and I love Phyllis Diller. I am very sad to say I could not get into it and felt like the undercurrent was "I think you're a moron" and "I think you have no actual experience of humans." He'd say like "This guy was sad. I told this guy to say bible verse X. He did. He is no longer sad." I personally enjo ...more
Chris Munson
I picked up ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ as a solution for my nagging habit of thinking negatively and expecting the worst. Of course, I’d heard of the title…but I didn’t know much about it. This book was definitely not what I was expecting. The best way that I can describe this book would be to say that it’s one part Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’, one part Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’, one part Andy Andrews’ ‘Traveler’s Gift’ and three parts Holy Bible. Pe ...more
Garrett Haynes
I was surprised to find Norman Vincent Peale was a Christian. A few of the Bible verses he quotes he takes out of context but for the most part I find his advice on the use of Bible verses to empower successful living to be helpful. The Bible says a man who keeps his mind on the Scriptures prospers. True to the form of "success" literature he cites many examples of people who have gone from negative filled failures to positive filled successes. These examples are more powerful than simply saying ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as I was also reading in Philippians. Found this book to be about 8 chapters too long. He continued to say the same things. My main problem with the book is that it focuses too much on man and less on God. Yes, he quotes Scripture and speaks of God, and there are places where he says you need a relationship with Jesus Christ, but all in all, too man focused. God is not our partner, He is our leader, He is our all in all. We can visualize and prayerize, to use words Dr. Peale use ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The inspirational book by which all others are measured. You can feel the conviction and spirituality of Dr Peale in every word. He gives concrete suggestions for deepening your relationship with God and drawing upon the His power in your daily life. This book first published in 1952 contains powerful and relevant suggestions for improving your health, decreasing worry, easing heartache, and living a more joyful life.

Loved the quote at the end where Dr Peale speaks of visiting his mother's grav
Sameh Maher
كتاب سئ للغاية ومتكرر بطريقة مملة جدا الكاتب لا يتكلم عن لتفكير الايجابى ولكن عن الايمان بطريقة شعبية جدا .. حتى انك تشعر انها مصطنعة للغاية ..الكتاب قديم ويعتبر ثورة فى وقته ولكن ما ستشعر به انه يلفق احداثا لكى يقنعك بوجهة نظرة والقصص طويلة ومملة للغاية
وتنهى الكتاب وتخرج بلا شئ وحتى بلا طريقة تفكير ايجابية عملية
لم استمتع به .. وان كان به بعض الخطوط الجيدة ولكن تقييمه سيئ جدا
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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993) was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking".

Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio. He graduated from Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio. He has earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University (where he became a brother of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta) and Boston Unive
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