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After being told in the 1952 presidential campaign that he had been invited to address a group of Texas Baptists only as a courtesy because they had already been told by Norman Vincent Peale not to vote for him, Adlai Stevenson began his speech, "Well, speaking as a Christian, I find the Apostle Paul appealing and the Apostle Peale appalling." It is fair to say that the author of this book also finds Peale appalling in this slim book focusing fairly tightly on the preacher's anticommunist crusading and his efforts to join religion and psychiatry together to fix all the mental ills of men, women, and society by bringing them to faith in God and self.
Writing with a storyteller's skill, Horowitz brings to life the philosophy and principles put forth by such figures as Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy; Emma Curtis Hopkins, first an apostle and then an apostate of Eddy's; Bill Wilson and Bob Smith, cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous; Think and Grow Rich author Napoleon Hill; business guru Dale Carnegie; positive-thinking minister Norman Vincent Peale; and former president Ronald Reagan.
The line is pretty much unbroken, from the temperance crusaders to Mary Baker Eddy to Horatio Alger to Norman Vincent Peale.
His biggest influence was Norman Vincent Peale, a Presbyterian pastor whose book "The Power of Positive Thinking" (1952) sold 2 million copies in its first two years.
I will leave here with wisdom from Norman Vincent Peale - "Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or our failure."
In 1952, Norman Vincent Peale came out with "The Power of Positive Thinking,'' which rejected a morality of restraint for an upbeat morality of growth.
Norman Vincent Peale was a believer in the power of positive thinking.
Norman Vincent Peale, which literally changed my life.
The short phrase from minister and author Norman Vincent Peale had been the school's quote of the week for early April, when 339 students and their teachers embarked on a regular school trip to the popular holiday island of Jeju.
Dr Norman Vincent Peale says, "The man who has lived for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success."
Norman Vincent Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking, had this to say, "The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." That only means that if one knows how to handle, criticism is by far better than praise.
I learned the steps of doing an "ethics check" when I read "The Power of Ethical Management" by Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale. It is a good thing to do when you are unsure about something or someone.