Norman Vincent Peale wrote this book so that the “everyday person” could learn and apply the principles he had observed are the key to living a happy, full life. He states in the introduction that “It is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.”
He not only had applied the concepts he discusses in his own life, but he had also seen the principles work for numerous other people as he had taught them as a lecture series at his church for many years. He wanted to make his teachings accessible to as many people as humanly possible, and that is apparent in his smooth, straightforward writing style. The topics are deep and important, and he does a thorough job of explaining them, by presenting them in a way that you can fully understand his message without any formal education in psychology.
The content of the book is great in both quality and quantity. However please note that Peale was a devout Christian, and his faith is a major player in his message. He frequently quotes the Bible and makes other religious references to help illuminate the point he is making. Prayer is also a concept that gets significant attention throughout the book. Depending upon your own spiritual beliefs, this may impact your enjoyment of the book.
Personally I strongly feel that if you viewed his Biblical quotes like any other quotes, and took prayer to mean deep reflection and thought, and you will thoroughly enjoyed his writing. As in this great book he covers numerous topics ranging from believing in yourself to not giving up to not getting stuck in negative emotions. He also provides you with techniques and exercises to assist you in building and maintaining a happy, successful life.
With The Power of Positive Thinking you can learn :
- How you can get others to care about you, by caring about them
- Why you’re not a special snowflake (and how that’ll help you ease the burden of your own problems)
- What you can learn from children “the experts of happiness”
- Why you should focus on the upsides of being stuck in a bad situation
- How the bible can help you solve your problems, and which criteria must be fulfilled for that
- Why it’s important to have faith, no matter what you believe in
“The Power of Positive Thinking” is a priceless self-improvement resource 50 years after its release, which only shows how valuable the information it presents must be. If you are interested in changing your outlook on life or having a happier, more successful life experience, you should read this book. Despite showing some age, the majority of its lessons are still extremely applicable today. If the author’s religious viewpoint does not deter you, this book will help you get started on truly improving your life, much like it did for me. Go for It..