Today I want to share another book that really impacted me. It is “The power of positive thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale.
I read this book when I was looking for positive thinking books in a bookstore. I was not a Christian yet, but I realised my thought life was very negative. I did not expect or even hope good things would happen. It was a very sad place to be.
When I picked it up I did not realise the author was a Christian minister. Being where I was mentally, I am not sure if I would have picked it up if I did. Looking back I am very glad I did!
Right from the first few pages I realised it was full of positive thoughts, hope and faith. It had lots of positive stories from the author and people he had helped. Even though I was in a dark place mentally, I could feel it slowly penetrating the dark thoughts of my interior world.
The further I got into the book I could feel hope building and I could feel faith in God starting to blossom. The way he spoke about God being for us, being created in God’s image and being gifted by God to do good things really started to change my outlook.
As I look back I can see how this book was key in changing my negative attitudes, especially the way I thought about myself and how I spoke to myself mentally. I have often said to people, if I spoke to you how I speak to myself mentally, you would not want to be my friend.
The Power of Positive Thinking really changed my thinking about myself and my outlook on life. It also provided a very strong link in the chain of me finding faith in Christ.
Here is the blurb from the publisher…
The phenomenal and inspiring bestseller by the father of positive thinking. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING is a practical, direct-action application of spiritual techniques to overcome defeat and win confidence, success and joy. Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking and one of the most widely read inspirational writers of all time, shares his famous formula of faith and optimism which millions of people have taken as their own simple and effective philosophy of living. His gentle guidance helps to eliminate defeatist attitudes, to know the power you posess and to make the best of your life.