FAMOUS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHOR SERIES: Norman Vincent Peale, "The Pioneer of Positive Thinking!"
FAMOUS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHOR SERIES: Norman Vincent Peale, “The Pioneer of Positive Thinking!”
Perhaps we should have started our series with this gentleman. He was around for 95 years,
he popularized “positive thinking” which at that time was quite a radical idea. He was a pioneer in the self-improvement industry, his position was that success and happiness could only come true for a person as an effect of positive thinking plus positive action.
His bestselling book is THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING. Over the years it has sold over 5 million copies, and is still very popular. The book encourages mastery of thoughts – avoiding the negative and focusing on the positive. His ideas have been highly criticized but are still the basis of personal development in many ways.
LET’S GET BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH NORMAN VINCENT PEALE!
From our trustworthy information source, WIKIPEDIA, we read:
Norman Vincent Peale was born May 31, 1898 in Bowersville, Ohio and died December 24, 1993 in Pawling, New York at the age of 95.
He was an American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING. He served as the pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932 until 1984, leading a Reformed Church in America congregation. He was a personal friend of President Richard Nixon. The family of Donald Trump were also members of the congregation and the family attended regularly. The marriage of Donald Trump and his first wife Ivana was performed by Dr. Peale.
FAMILY AND EDUCATION
Dr. Peale was the eldest of three sons of Charles and Anna Delaney Peale. He graduated from Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio. He also earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology. He was raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, but changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 and began a 52-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.
American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry
Dr. Peale and Smiley Blanton, a psychoanalyst, established a “religio-psychiatric” outpatient clinic next to the church. They also wrote books together, notably FAITH IS THE ANSWER: A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PASTOR DISCUSS YOUR PROBLEMS, 1940. They wrote the book in alternating chapters with Blanton writing one chapter addressing the psychotherapy issues and Peale addressing the religious issues. In 1951 this unique partnership grew into the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry with Dr. Peale serving as president and Blanton as executive director.
Later, Blanton distanced himself from Peale when Peale came under heavy criticism from the mental health community for the controversy in the book and Blanton refused to publicly endorse the book. Blanton did not allow Peale to use his name as the book THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, was published in 1952. Blanton published his own book, LOVE OR PERISH in 1956 with nothing in common with the popular book written by Dr. Peale.
In addition to his writing and publishing activities, Dr. Peale started a radio program, The Art of Living, in 1935, which lasted for 54 years. He also began editing and publishing the Guidepost Magazine. His program was also televised when television started. The Guidepost Magazine was founded in 1945 by Dr. Peale, His wife Ruth Stafford Peale and Raymond Thornburg, a Pawling, New York businessman, as a non-denominational forum for people to relate inspirational stories. Another very impressive affiliation was that during the Great Depression, he teamed with J C Penney of J C Penny & Co., Arthur Godfrey, the radio and TV personality, and Thomas J. Watson, President and Founder of IBM, to form the board of 40Plus, an organization that helps unemployed managers and executives.
Dr. Peale is considered to be a very prolific writer with THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING his most popular and widely read book. It was published in 1952 and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 consecutive weeks, has sold millions and has been translated into several languages. His other titles have been, THE ART OF LIVING, A GUIDE TO CONFIDENT LIVING, THE TOUGH MINDED OPTIMIST and INSPIRING MESSAGES FOR DAILY LIVING.
HIS LATER LIFE
Dr. Peale was the subject of the 1964 film One Man’s Way.
Dr. Peale was politically and personally close to President Richard Nixon’s family. In 1968 he officiated at the wedding of Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower. He continued visiting at the White House during the Watergate crisis, saying “Christ didn’t shy away from people in trouble.
President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Peale, for his contributions to the field of theology, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, (the highest civilian honor in the United States) on March 26, 1984.
Dr. Peale died of a Stroke on December 24, 1993 at the age of 95 in Pawling, New York.
This information was retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index/,php?title=Norman_Vincent_Peale&oldid=956145532THE
Also from WIKIPEDIA, information regarding the book THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living.
The book provides anecdotal “case histories” of positive thinking and practical instructions which were designed to help the reader achieve a permanent and optimistic attitude. These techniques usually involved affirmations and visualization.
SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK
Dr. Peale begins by stating ten rules for “overcoming inadequacy attitudes and learning to
1. Picture yourself as succeeding.
2. Think a positive thought to drown out a negative thought.
3. Minimize obstacles.
4. Do not attempt to copy others.
5. Repeat “If God be for us, who can be against us? Ten times every day.
6. Work with a counselor.
7. Repeat “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” ten times every day.
8. Develop a strong self-respect.
9. Affirm that you are in God’s hands.
10. Believe that you receive power from God.
The book also encourages the reader to create a peaceful mind which can be done through inspirational reading, clearing one’s mind. He says “God is the source of all energy.
Dr. Peale also states that letting go of anger and embracing a sense of calm can help with physical illnesses. He also states that letting positive thoughts in can change one’s outlook on life drastically and practicing relaxation through God’s help will lead to a content life. Finally, reaching out to a Higher Power for help in living a peaceful, positive life. The epilogue of the book, Dr. Peale writes, “I pray for you. God will help you – so believe and live successfully.”
In conclusion, some quotes from Dr. Peale:
“THERE IS A REAL MAGIC IN ENTHUSIASM. IT SPELLS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
MEDIOCRITY AND ACCOMPLISHMENT.”
“WHEN YOU ARE AFRAID, DO THE THING YOU ARE AFRAID OF AND SOON YOU WILL LOSE YOUR FEAR OF IT.”
“BE INTERESTING, BE ENTHUSIASTIC…, AND DON’T TALK TOO MUCH.”
“IF YOU PUT OFF EVERYTHING TILL YOU ARE SURE OF IT, YOU’LL NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE.”
We hope you have enjoyed reading this article about the life and the philosophies of this great man. As we have read his works and about his life, he certainly was “THE PIONEER OF POSITIVE THINKING.”
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