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The Power of Positive Thinking

A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living
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Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Translated into 15 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 everyday, throughout 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.

  • ©1992 Norman Vincent Peale (P)1992 Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    the Power of Positive Thinking

    A classic ! Kind of reminds me of How to win friends and influence people. I loved the fact that the author is the narrator, some of the storys he used, i found to be quite funny and had a few good laughs through out listening. I loved it ! It really emphasized the power of faith and prayer which I find absolutely essential to surviving day to day life. Most people can use all the tip they can get to stay positive. I esspecially enjoyed his remedy for worrying. I helps.

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    Saved my life<br />

    I love the way NVP cares about people. I love the way he refers to Scripture to lift and encourage people. It built my confidence I never knew I had. This book and it's tips and teachings are so easy to understand, a third grader can appreciate it as well as an adult. It's humbling and inspiring at the same time. I read it over several times a year because life can knock you down and be cruel.

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    • Timothy
    • Richmond, VA, USA
    • 07-19-10

    Positive Review

    A time tested book. I found alot of the information to be very helpful. It contains a balance of religion with the advice it has in it. Worth every penny.

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    • Altariq
    • DUNWOODY, GA, USA
    • 03-29-09

    Timeless Classic

    This is a timeless classic. The narration is crystal clear and just as potent as reading the book. Highly recommended.

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    Everything that I needed to hear

    I downloaded this book and have listened to it 4 times in less than a week. I have found myself feeling spiritually dead recently and this book is giving me so much hope. It is helping me to become closer to God and to feel like I am finally headed in the right direction. I can't say enough about how much I love this book.

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    First listened to this 12 years ago...

    I listened to this 12 years ago and I had to add it to my collection. I'm not of his faith, but the principles are universal. Definitely worth listening to.

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    The one-star folks should have done some homework

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Positive Thinking to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition of The Power of Positive Thinking is a wonderful complement to the print version. I have owned this book both in cassette and CD formats. It's nice to have it in a totally digital format that can go anywhere with me.

    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I always prefer hearing the author read a book than a professional narrator for two reasons: First, the author knows where he/she wants the emphasis to be. Second, I can get some good insights as to the author's character.

    Any additional comments?

    The people who complain about the religiosity of the text have only their poor research for their problem. A quick overview of Dr. Peale's background would have revealed that he was a Christian minister and his doctorate was in theology. Dr. Peale pastored Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over 50 years. All of this information is readily available for anyone to see. My only complaint with Dr. Peale's writing is that it has a somewhat stilted style that is typical of most works originally published in the first half of the twentieth century.

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    Why "The Power of Positive Thinking"

    I have to admit I have owned the book for almost a decade and struggled to get through it. Maybe the difference is the period which it was written in or his ability to tie the bible in. It just didn't create any feeling of curiosity or desire. The style of the book and the audio abridged version I felt lacked excitement and gratitude, that one should feel after hearing the message of Peale. This book and audio program has sold millions and I still recommend both as they have key principles that may help you look at your self differently. May you listen to this audio book and do what's most important which is take a thorough self analysis to understanding yourself. Conquer yourself by creating better habits by stacking good ones all day.
    Ben Harriman

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    • David
    • Misiion Viejo, CA, USA
    • 11-19-08

    Faith

    The power of positve thinking through faith.
    I think that may have been a better title.

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    Heavily Religion Based

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    As some others have said, if religion isn't your thing, pass on this book. I appreciate his positive stances and passion for his religion and faith but it's not my cup of tea. I am 35 minutes into it and I can hardly stand listening to one more minute.

    The entire book so far has been based on Christianity, faith and prayer. If these aren't in your daily life, pass on this book. I had high hopes for this book and wish I could get a refund...

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    • Shujat Hussain
    • 05-19-16

    Great book.

    Great book. It's got a string biblical theme throughout which I thought might put me off given that I'm neither religious or from a Christian background. However, the ideas presented are practical and useful and I was very impressed by the interpretation of the biblical verses to put forward the ideas in the book.

    Well worth it.

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    • Shareen Kazmi
    • 02-26-18

    amazing.

    100% would recommend. This is one of those books you will always go back to - you'll learn something new every time. great information

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    • elizabeth nyamekye
    • 01-05-17

    Great

    this is one of the best book to add to your library. perfect to keep you going in life

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    • Kwesi R.
    • 11-21-16

    Worth listening to again.

    Easy to listen to with very practical steps which you can begin applying immediately to whatever situation you find yourself in.

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    • Mr. C. P. Halliday
    • 09-02-16

    For practicing Christians

    Fine if you're Christian but rubbish if you're not! Like listening to a couple of corporate American pie evangelists

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    • Eileen fair
    • 03-24-16

    Religious

    This book is extremely focused on the bible, Jesus Christ and the Lord. Unfortunately while I believe in positive affirmations, I don't want to be preached to

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 05-30-19

    I prefer when the author reads the booking

    I have decided to listen 5 times as 5 is the number of completion. It's a great book.aand I will buy the hard copy as note taking is important. Thank you Jesus for this gift

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 05-16-19

    brilliant

    lovely to hear this from the man himself this book WILL help you change the way you think

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    • Julian
    • 05-05-19

    Outstanding, one of the timeless classics.

    I enjoyed this book. it explains how to become positive and how to deal with various situations.

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    • Vick
    • 02-18-19

    Preachy

    I'm an atheist but don't have a problem with someone who has faith in a religion, though this book is mostly center around God being the main component of changing to positive thinking. This made it difficult to follow and get into.

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    • An avid reader
    • 06-16-16

    life changing

    A must read for everyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve their life

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    • Chris
    • 12-10-15

    Religious book. Don't like being preached to.

    Ultra religions book, don't buy unless you enjoy being preached to about the fictitious 'God' every minute. Waste of money.

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    • Andreas
    • 01-31-15

    Great Book

    Very good content and well narrated, felt like my grandfather telling me his life's wisdoms. Listened to it multiple times already. Love it.

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    • MR
    • 05-08-19

    Father of all books

    I say this because it seems so old fashion in the writing style and voice. I really felt like I was taken way back to a time the book was written, it was great! It really felt like it was the beginning (father book) of the 'Positive Thinking' books we have now, or that it has stemmed from it. It has a lot to give and taking everything into perspective of time and beliefs it still has a very powerful message which can be gained from it. I enjoyed it! Recommend reading this book.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 04-03-19

    Religious Book

    Religious recruitment book. Should have a mentioned this is the title or description, save people the hassle.

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    • Clinton
    • 01-21-19

    Great book

    I listen to it a lot. Very peaceful and wise words that do work. The first real book about visualisation.

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    • mathew broster
    • 11-26-18

    To the point and so much to now think about

    a great read and one of the main impacts that came to me from the book was to read the bible and be guided by it. this includes to incorporate the bible into my affirmations, visualization and positive thoughts. also- great examples and stories that are inspiring. I dont usually think to re read a book ( or listen to).

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    • Scott Hogan
    • 11-20-18

    Only for the devoutly religious.

    I stopped listening after realising the whole system is based upon deeply held religious beliefs and I do not hold those beliefs. This book is incorrectly advertised I need a credit.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 04-23-18

    Great book!

    really enjoyed the advice that as given in this book. Very simple and practical philosophy

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    • Anonymous User
    • 02-13-18

    Amazing self powering book.

    You will over come problems . recommend to anyone that needs a self conference boost.