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From Poverty to Power

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"I looked around upon the world, and saw that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of suffering. And I looked for the cause. I looked around, but could not find it; I looked in books, but could not find it; I looked within, and found there both the cause and the self-made nature of that cause. I looked again, and deeper, and found the remedy. I found ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Top of the Mountain Publishing
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Aristotle said "The hardest victory is the victory over self," but it is a victory that enables you to win in all aspects of life. In From Poverty to Power: The Realization of Prosperity and Peace, James Allen underscores this concept, noting that a disciplined mind and a focus on serving others are basic to the achievement of any prosperity. Thus, prosperity is always personal, resting squarely on the degree to which you have refined and bettered yourself.

In a nutshell, you'll only become trul
Azimah  Othman
Aug 19, 2008 rated it liked it
My hubby bought this book in Chennai.They say that books are a lot cheaper in India.

The first few chapters of this little book reinforce my earlier thoughts that the mind should never be left empty or idle as it would eventually attract evil thoughts. Thoughts……ah, as James Allen puts it, are silent forces which may become beneficent when rightly directed, and destructive when wrongly employed.

A powerful message is espoused herein. The author brings us through his understanding of evil - in that
Florentin Cosmin
This book contains two parts:
The first one I found pretty interesting. It expands the ideas presented in "As a man Thinketh" about the importance of one's thoughts in attaining success in life.
The second one I found a bit boring. It has a more spiritual tone and it brings in some religious concepts.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal
Para mi gusto hace demasiada mención a Dios y a la religión
Sadok Kohen
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wisdom in form of a serene blessing. Calm the heart, warm the soul...
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"From Poverty To Power" played an enormous role in helping shape my life. I was always a "good kid", who stayed out of trouble, did "right", and had good grades, but what I lacked was a positive, victimless view of how the world worked. My perception of life, people, and the future was shrouded in a sense of victimhood and ignorance about how most people in the world live their lives. This book opened my eyes and helped me to start my journey to self-awareness and self-discovery.

Although this b
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Many nuggets..."By the power of faith every enduring work is accomplished. You must have faith in the Supreme, faith in the overruling law, faith in your work and in your power to accomplish that work." It's a book about becoming self-reliant and successful. James Allen was clearly a deep thinker but he was also a doer and wrote from his own experiences. His wife said he was “a good man who lived every word he wrote and that he never wrote theories, or for the sake of writing, ...more
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Allen's work. I have tauted "As A Man Thinketh" as one of the best books I've read in my life. There is more to be said for this work. Allen takes principles from christianity and buddhism and turns them into a workable way of thinking. Positive change in one's life is possible. The willingness to be open and teachable are required for this book to matter, otherwise it's just a book of suggestions. I think if a person wants a good place to start in reshaping a formerly negative ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Allen has some helpful thoughts. His main idea is that if you harbor good thoughts they will lead to good actions and internal happiness. I can dig that. However he takes it a bit far when he says that our bodily health is due to our mental health. To some extent I can see that relation but I cannot believe that the power of positive thinking can cure cancer.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Will read again and again. It cleared up a lot of things from the Bible.
Timothy Wood
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I believe this influenced 'As A Man Thinketh', and as such it has a similar premise. Good read all around, but 4 stars because 'As A Man Thinketh' pretty much provides a truncated version.
Benjamin Ellsworth
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Very thought-provoking and powerful.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This audio was painful to listen to. There were many great nuggets of wisdom but then endless droning.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More or less and extensive outline of good ideas and great thoughts - worth a look!
Sep 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
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BYU magazine listed it as a must read. I think I bought the wrong book. Who knew there were many with that same title. I shall try again.
Angela Goodeve
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent follow-up to "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen to put those brilliant thoughts into practice!
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Allen was 15 when his father, a businessman, was robbed and murdered. He left school to work full-time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family. He later married Lily L. Allen and became an executive secretary for a large company. At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. Allen — along with his wife and thei
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