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The Power of Positive Thinking [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Feb. 1 1993
Enhanced by anecdotes and inspirational guidance, this classic guide--now available in a four-cassette edition--explains how to eliminate self-doubt, stress, resentment, and anxiety to achieve happiness, personal fulfillment, and success. Book available.

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"This book had an amazing impact on my life." Daily Express --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Translated into fifteen languages with more than 7 million copies sold, The Power of Positive Thinking is unparalleled in its extraordinary capacity for restoring the faltering faith of millions. In this insightful program, Dr. Peale offers the essence of his profound method for mastering the problems of everyday living. You will learn: How to eliminate that most devastating handicap---self doubt How to free yourself from worry, stress and resentment How to climb above problems to visualize solutions and then attain them Simple prayerful exercises that you can do every day, through-out the day, to reinforce your new-found habit of happiness Eliminating all the negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving happiness and success, The Power of Positive Thinking is an inspiring program that will help you create a positive change in your life.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointed by religious overtones Jan. 9 2001
Format:Paperback
I read half of the book and could not go on any longer. It was splashed with references to "God" and "Believing in Christ" and I could not turn a page without seeing at least 2 references to religion, namely Christianity. I happen to be an atheist, and the religious overtones of this book highly offended me simply because I bought the book having no idea that it was supposed to be this religious. Nowhere on the back covers or the introduction was religion mentioned at all. I believe the methods that the publishers used to market this book was highly misleading. Therefore accounts for the single star I believe this book deserves. And for you, Norman Peale, if you want to indulge in your religious rendezvous in the future, I suggest you not mislead or lie to the readers in your introductions to the book and place the book under "Religion."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian 'Think & Grow Rich' Oct. 11 2003
Format:Paperback
In the words of the author, this book teaches positive thinking "not as a means to fame, riches or power, but...to overcome defeat and accomplish worthwhile creative values in life."
Where Napoleon Hill's Think & Grow Rich encourages the reader to get in touch with a generic 'Infinite Intelligence', The Power of Positive Thinking is openly and unapologetically Christian. If you aren't open to evangelical Christianity, this book is not for you. If you are open, this book will help set you free.
Based primarily on Biblical affirmation statements, prayer and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it will help you to choose the right attitude, energize yourself, increase your expectations (and reach them), avoid worry and defeat, and focus on the truly important things in life.
Humble and not at all preachy, Norman Vincent Peale openly shares his own struggles with negative thinking, and tells how others have helped him overcome it. He rightly lets us know that positive thinking does not guarantee our success, but it does bring it much closer to the realm of possibility.
The language is somewhat dated, but the principles are timeless. As Peale says, "The way of life to which this book is a witness is very wonderful. It is not easy. Indeed, it often is hard, but it is full of joy and hope and victory." If you are ready to experience joy, hope and victory, this is the place to start.
Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start Again WITH THIS BOOK! Dec 14 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
There is no book quite like the Power of Positive Thinking by the late Norman Vincent Peale. This philosophy, that has instructed millions and roused controversy amongst staunch fundamentalists, is genius in it's approach to the power God can supply each of us with. This isn't a get-spriritual-quick program. But a real discipline if employed fervently. Peale takes some incredible scripture verses and makes them cornerstones in this Bible study meets personal wellness seminar. Peale was smart in that he saw that people weren't naturally spiritual, and thus needed practice. The psychology of this is actually centered around Jesus Christ and is not some new age program designed to exalt self above God. Rather, "Power" gets its force from Jesus and not our own abilities. What amazes me is the reluctance of certain Christian teachers in embracing these disciplines as a way to receive Christ and grow as a Christian. Peale does not describe it as a born-again experience, but rather a spiritual awakening of sorts. This language invites everyone, and this was all prior to the born-again designation which the media often uses as a pejorative. However, it's not neccessarily applicable to faith in other gods as one reviewer said. Jesus Christ is the undeniable center of what Peale taught. It was revolutionary, and still is-to think by using the Bible as a tool, we can be positive thinkers, better humans and grow closer to God. The Power of Positive Thinking only affirms what the Bible teaches-and makes it highly accessible for anyone seeking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT THINK... Aug. 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's a religious book. And an extremely boring one. The only real advice is that one should pray...After sometime you pray to finish the book soon...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be called "The Power of God" Dec 1 2010
By crono_
Format:Audio CD
The title for the book should be changed to The Power of God as virtually everything in the book (admittedly, I only got around 1/2 way through it before having enough) was about God. In God...By God...Through God...God, God, God. Prayer, Christ, Scriptures, etc. If you have Christian beliefs then this will probably be a great book for you but, if you don't, then I cannot recommend this book to you unless you enjoy listening to a church sermon and being told that the only way to be happy, positive and successful is through God.

I give it two stars as there are some good things in the book, but the vast majority of it seems to require a profound Christian faith. I prefer non-religious books as they apply to anyone regardless of the faith (or lack thereof).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Peale's book: Dated and trite Feb. 11 2001
Format:Paperback
The reason this book fails has little to do with the subject matter. Sure the discussion of prayer and God ad nauseum tires quickly with the non-pious, but the real problem lies in the repetitious nature of this glib little self-help manual. There is little to be gained from reading the entire book as opposed to the first (or any) 10 pages. In fact, I can save you money by telling you all of Peale's life-improving tips right here: Pray more and put your faith in God-- happiness and confidence to ensue. Further, self-congratulation oozes out of nearly every passage. Peale has clearly enjoyed a long, successful career, but his narcissism, the way he praises the profound effects he has had on others, and generally hypes himself up are sickening. I'm sure nobody complained in 1952, but this book is about as misogynistic a text as I have ever come across. What's more it is loaded with phony science. Passages like, "We [humans] have thousands of little sending stations, and when they are tuned up by prayer it is possible for a tremendous power to flow through a person and to pass between human beings. We can send off power by prayer which acts as both a sending and receiving station." I'm not sure Peale's "sending station" theory holds much weight in today's scientific community; but then, maybe that is not the point. If Positive Thinking is not a verifiable scientifically accurate text, it does read as interesting sociological text from a now closed era in American history. If this book has changed your life, congratulations. For most, however, this book is a relic, and a dull one at that. For you agnostics, read a non-denominational self-help book; for Christians, read the Bible.
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went to the post office to pick this book up cannot understand why it was not left in the mail box or someone didn't knock on the door,anyways no worries
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3.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual read
I was looking for a more factual guide, it is more spiritual than I thought. It has good points though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Know The Importance of Positiveness Itself,But...
I don't mean to deny 100% of what he was trying to say in this book,but it sounds a bit too religious to me. The author seemed to believe Christianity. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2008 by edrm
4.0 out of 5 stars "Nothing on earth is greater..."
"than the human mind in potential power." NVP
A Peale classic!!! Another spring cleaning survivor! My copy has been rained on etc. but not ruined! Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Scamp Lumm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful...A Classic!!
This book helps one at home and at work!
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Published on June 15 2004 by J. McAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars the power of praying
This book learns you techniques for positive thinking, based on belief in God and the techniques of praying. Read more
Published on May 21 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a good practical guide for Christians. Many of Peale's insights are very deep and wise, and would be of benefit to most people. Read more
Published on May 2 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I bought this book based on the reviews I read. It wasn't what I expected. I felt that the content was something that anyone with common sense would already know. Read more
Published on April 28 2004
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