A Reaction to the Book-The Power of Positive Thinking
AReaction to the Book-ThePower of Positive Thinking
ThePower of Positive Thinking
ThePower of Positive Thinkingby Norman Peale emphasizes that any person can achieve anything aslong as he has faith. The book has been related to thePollyanna-method attitude to the universe that hears and sees noevil, as well as having the belief that a cheerful smile can dissolveall the barriers in a person’s life.
Thereality is that Peale (2015) indicated that he wrote the book withlots of concern for the difficulties, pain, and struggles of theexistence of humans. The book teaches readers to think positively,not as a way of becoming famous, getting rich, or powerful, but as away of practically applying faith to achieve useful creative lifevalues, as well as to surmount defeat. Such ideas are not those thatbelong to an individual with impractical perception on life. Theauthor discovered lots of people’s despair when he was a ministerin New York. Nonetheless, he was not at ease to offer sermons on aweekly basis. He needed change that could be measured in the life ofthe individuals he met. For years, he came up with a simple, though ascientific method of practical technologies for successful livingthat was logical. He tested his technology and polished it among manyindividuals outside and inside his ministry.
Peale(2015) came up with a cause for optimistic thinking. According tohim, the Bible was the greater source of guidance or personal power.Quotes from the Bible are the book’s mainstay, and may be becauseit is founded on the ageless wisdom. The book has remarkableinfluence. It becomes hard to dispute the author’s convictionquotes from the Bible like: “All things are possible if a personcan have faith,” (Mark 9:23), and “nobody can be against us ifGod is with us,” (Romans 8:31). Peale emphasizes that humans do nothave to rely on themselves because there exists inconceivable powersources that are available to humans if they only have faith thatsuch power exists. Humans make life difficult for themselves, thoughthey have the option to appreciate the ability of the world toprovide and make good things in a manner that will make humansperceive life as abundant and flowing. Therefore, humans must bewilling to move past personal to something better than themselves ifthey have to acquire peace and power. The book has stories and casesthat are filled with the humanity struggle to explain that defeat isnever permanent.
Peale(2015) explains that humans can have a continuous energy. Theawareness of what a person does has support outside oneself. It isalso a serving heavenly conclusion via attunement with the endless.The book offers a continuous energy source that is renewable. Thus, aperson allows burnout into his life when he decides to work forhimself, but not for others. The author also emphasizes on the powerof prayer. Prayer offers persons the opportunity to speak theirthoughts in any language they choose. According to the author, peopleshould give thanks in prior for the good things that they visualize,as well as their desires. He also encourages people to adventure forthe best expectations, as doing so will organize forces in theirfavor. Thus, they have to stop expecting the worst. The humansubconscious, which controls many actions, rarely reflects thepeople’s beliefs. There is a need to change the belief regarding anoutcome, and as a result, deeds will appear to be shaped to realizethe outcome. Peale emphasizes that, where as faith opens the flow ofpower, doubt closes it.
Toconclude, the book is more than a capitalist and a Christian ethicshotchpotch. It is meant to remove hopelessness and cynicism inhumans. It is consistent with the majority of the self-help books. Itemphasizes on the highest morals as a fulfillment of one’spotential. Conversely, it states that giving up denies a person thematerial and spiritual rewards.
Peale,N. V. (2015). The power of positive living. New York: OpenRoad Integrated Media
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