Friday, 16 December 2016

Book Notes: "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale

The Power Of Positive ThinkingThe Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


This is essentially a work for Christians. But here is what I gleaned from it:
- "Prayerise, picturise, actualise" (pp. 63-5).
- "Do you ever 'fume' or 'fret'?" (p. 96).
                              - "Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-correction" (p. 241).
                              - "easy power" and "correlated power" (p. 243).

Peale mentions dozens of famous people, including Marcus Aurelius and Edison, and endless examples of faith and positive thinking based on his own experience. His argument is that faith is scientific, and will be proven so. The work reflects many of the conversations I have had with Christian psychologists. It is difficult to be pessimistic when surrounded by such optimism. In the words of my late great-grandmother, "Think positive. Always think positive".



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