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The Power of Positive Thinking Summary – Norman Vincent Peale

Arthur Worsley
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The Power of Positive Thinking reminds us that we don’t need a PhD in Human Relations to live our best lives if we can learn a few tricks to change how we think - by minister and best-selling author Norman Vincent Peale. (128 pages)

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The Power of Positive Thinking Summary

The following publisher’s blurb comes from the 2003 Touchstone paperback edition of The Power of Positive Thinking.

“The Power of Positive Thinking has helped millions of men and women achieve fulfilment in their lives. In this phenomenal bestseller, Dr. Peale demonstrates the power of faith in action. With the practical techniques outlined in this book, you can energise your life – and give yourself the initiative needed to carry out your ambitions and hopes. You’ll learn how to:

  • Expect the best and get it;
  • Believe in yourself and everything you do;
  • Develop the power to reach your goals;
  • Break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life;
  • Improve your personal and professional relationships;
  • Assume control over your circumstances; and
  • Be kind to yourself.

Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most influential clergymen of hist time, is the author of forty-six books, including the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking. Dr. Peale’s legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living.”

The Power of Positive Thinking Contents

The Power of Positive Thinking has 17 main chapters…

  1. Believe in Yourself
  2. A Peaceful Mind Generates Power
  3. How to Have Constant Energy
  4. Try Prayer Power
  5. How to Create Your Own Happiness
  6. Stop Fuming and Fretting
  7. Expect the Best and Get It
  8. I Don’t Believe in Defeat
  9. How to Break the Worry Habit
  10. Power to Solve Personal Problems
  11. How to Use Faith in Healing
  12. When Vitality Sags, Try This Health Formula
  13. Inflow of New Thoughts Can Remake You
  14. Relax for Easy Power
  15. How to Get People to Like You
  16. Prescription for Heartache
  17. How to Draw upon That Higher Power

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These The Power of Positive Thinking quotes come from The Art of Living's ever-growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes, and inspirational quotes.

Best The Power of Positive Thinking Quotes: Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture... Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
Best The Power of Positive Thinking Quotes: Stand up to an obstacle. Just stand up to it, that's all, and don't give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break, and it won't be you, it will be the obstacle.
Best The Power of Positive Thinking Quotes: Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.
Best The Power of Positive Thinking Quotes: When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you.

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1. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen (FREE Summary)
As a Man Thinketh is THE #1 ranking, uplifting, pocket-sized pep-talk on the power and importance of changing your thoughts as the cornerstone to changing your life - by philosopher and prolific self-help author, James Allen.
Published 1902 // 34 pages // Rated 4.3 over 68,100 reviews on Goodreads
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2. The Magic of Thinking Big - David J. Schwartz (FREE Summary)
The Magic of Thinking Big is a powerful, practical and uplifting book to help get you out of a rut, invigorate your goals and empower you towards success - by life-long motivational writer and coach, David J. Schwartz.
Published 1959 // 320 pages // Rated 4.2 over 77,300 reviews on Goodreads
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3. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill (FREE Summary)
Think and Grow Rich is a best-selling book of all time and a cornerstone guide to the Law of Attraction and the role of the subconscious in transforming your life - by a titan of the self-help genre, Napoleon Hill.
Published 1937 // 233 pages // Rated 4.2 over 254,900 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like The Power of Positive Thinking: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
4. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie (FREE Summary)
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living is a practical, common-sense bible filled with stories, case studies and simple step-by-step guides to conquering worry, anxiety and depression - by self development guru, Dale Carnegie.
Published 1944 // 358 pages // Rated 4.1 over 87,800 reviews on Goodreads
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5. The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace D. Wattles (FREE Summary)
The Science of Getting Rich offers a short, pragmatic guide to attracting wealth and success by reprogramming your thinking, ovecoming mental barriers and learning to create, rather than compete - by New Thought and self-help author, Wallace D. Wattles.
Published 1910 // 146 pages // Rated 4.1 over 35,500 reviews on Goodreads

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Arthur Worsley
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