Norman Vincent Peale – The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking was my first book for 2014 and I am glad I chose to start the year surfing on positive sails. Lately, I have turned quite picky about the books I read owing to the very little time I get to spare. So, just when I find all but raving reviews about this book, I get fortunate enough to receive an audio book from Reado and all I have to do is plug the earphones and there I go!

About this book, I can write for pages together since there is so much the author has generously shared with his readers. Consistent selfless efforts poured in the pages only with a purview of improving lives gets me all emotional. Seriously, how often do we think about others while moaning about our own miseries?

The central message of this book by the great inspirational writer, Dr. Vincent Peale, is, transforming life while adopting a positive approach, not just your own, but of all those associated with you.

Now, I like to read inspirational books. Quite honestly, recollecting a quote every now and then gets my day going. But this book is a whole ocean of positive punch. Yes, it is meant for all those moments when you are on the verge of giving up, frustrated and of course, mostly angry.

So, when someone asked if I enjoyed the book, I said, I am not sure if I enjoyed it. It was not meant to enjoy, it isn’t a comic book, for God’s sake. But yes, I’ll surely keep going back to it each time I feel that I need a dose of positivity.”

The Power of Positive Thinking nails in your conscience the idea of sailing the boat of life while rowing with an oar of positivity. It’s simple, it’s effective, it gets the sleeping cells of your head awake and maybe, it makes you want to try on a new pair of glasses and look at the world anew.

Author: Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Having said that, it is almost undeniable that through most part, the book takes a religious course and that can get the not-so-religious-crowd of readers a little put off.

Lessons to learn though would be how one should perceive problems and worries as opportunities for self-improvement. Anger and fear are perhaps, the most destructive of weapons. Killing them needs a lot of love, faith, patience and forgiveness.

What I certainly pack away from this book is the author’s take on happiness which is so imperative and yet always overlooked.

“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”

Having tried this, I have been witness to its transforming power. Truly, it doesn’t take magic to work miracles, it takes faith.

The audiobook is available on



8 Comments Add yours

  1. Rahul Ranjan says:

    This is a beautiful site. I just wonder how did I missed it for so long! It was a nice review and specially the quote grabbed my attention.


    1. Asha says:

      Thanks, Rahul. How’ve you been? Read your ‘Go Gonzo’ post. It was nice.


      1. Rahul Ranjan says:

        I am good. Nice to see you after so long. Hope u’re doing good.


      2. Asha says:

        Yes, thank you. 🙂


  2. Ste J says:

    I never get books like this…I may be cynical but isn’t it all common sense and stuff? Having said that anything that makes the world a happier place is fine by me…


    1. Asha says:

      That being true, isn’t the most obvious almost always overlooked? 😛


      1. Ste J says:

        Yes indeed. I overlook most things until it is to late. I’m rubbish like that.


      2. Asha says:

        So are all of us. Thats puny bit imperative, I guess, being rubbish, you know!! 😛


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