HOW TO ACHIEVE SELF-KNOWLEDGE AND LIVE A JOYOUS, DISCIPLINED AND ABUNDANT LIFE.
BY THE- FAMOUS NEW BEST SELLER OF POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING-NORMAN VINCENT PEALE.
The book will teach you:
- The one-minute investment that can the biggest dividend in the world.
- How to make a no-nonsense moral inventory of your own life.
- Six secrets that build the will power on which success depends today.
- The five wizards’ words that can change your life.
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Dr Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993) was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of “positive thinking”.
Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio. He graduated from Bellefontaine High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio. He has earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University (where he became a brother of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta) and Boston University School of Theology.
Raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, Peale 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 Manhattan. During that time the church’s membership grew from 600 to over 5000, and he became one of New York City’s most famous preachers.
The author with the problems of moral crisis around us.
Everywhere I went, it seemed, people were asking me what wrong with America-indeed what was wrong with the world. Divorce statistics, crime statistics, the erosion of honesty, race relations, the collapse of sex morals- these and a thousand of other proof of modern man’s inability to cope with himself or his environment were constantly being brought to my attention with earnest and anxious pleas for an explanation or the solution. And I knew when I was really with honest with myself that I was not supplying the answers.
So, when I’m troubled, I try to leave the teeming city with its noise and confusion and go back to the Sugar Tree Farm. And even if the troubled do not go away, something in my soul almost always find the strength and the serenity to endure them.
For a while I sat on my desk, trying to outline the nest Sunday’s sermon. In my pocket was a fragment that I had torn that morning from a metropolitan newspaper. It was an advertisement- a big bold one. For a book that has been known for the decades as one of the literature’s most lurid examples of pornography. The advertisement stated triumphantly that New York had ruled that the book could be sold without hindrance.
Too much of weighing on my mind. Finally, I left my desk and went out on the front porch. Beyond the great barn, a full moon was rising, soft on the gentle hills. The scene was tranquil and familiar and the full of peace.
But, I remembered a man come up to me after my last speaking engagement in a Midwestern town.
“Doctor,” he said abruptly, “do you think we have had it?”
I asked him what he meant, although I was fairly sure that I knew. “Look around you,” he said,
“Can’t you read the signs? We’re rich and powerful and prosperous, sure. But so was Babylon. So was Rome. Where will this country be a hundred years from now? Or even fifty? You know what I think? I think god is fed up with us!”
I could still see that man’s face, still, hear his voice.
I came to a place where the road frocked, and stopped. Here I was, a sovereign human being. I could choose to go left. Or I could choose to go right. No authority was there to compel me. No law of gravity was tugged me. Or the other. I was free to choose from.
This freedom…… something seemed to glimmer in my mind. Wasn’t it possible that much of the moral confusion of our time was the result of the too much freedom, achieved too suddenly? Wasn’t it possible that in rebelling against the old authoritarianism of the past, a man had neglected his own controls? Wouldn’t that explain these signs of apparent degenerations, these stupid, harmful, selfish acts that distressed all thinking? God-fearing people?
I turned back towards the lights of the Sugar Tree Farm with the hundred splintered thoughts whirling in my mind. The collapse of external restraints combined with the absence of internal disciplines-could not explain most of the problems of our time.
From race riots to divorces to income tax cheating was there any area of modern life where this interpretation failed to fit?
And if it did fit, might not a book be written that would take up a major area of modern life. -marriages, family relations, personal honesty, sex attitudes-examine the erosion there, and suggest what a person might do reverse the trend my strengthening and disciplining himself?
It was out of the thoughts and emotions of that soft spring night that the decision to write the book was born. Much what I shall have to say in the following pages may sound somber and discouraging. But I write with the feeling of enormous feelings and confidence.
It will never be easy. It requires courage and sacrifice and struggle. From that struggle whose who undertake it, will come an enormous surge of strength and self-confidence.
He who rules his spirit, “says the Bible, “is better than he who takes a city.” Along this path of individual self-mastery, I truly believe, lies the destiny and salvation of our modern world.
To be continued,