NORMAN_VINCENT_PEALE_AND_THE_POWER_OF_POSITIVE_THINKING.doc

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"... the first step to living at your full potential is to enlarge your vision... you must start looking at life through eyes of faith, seeing yourself rising to new levels. See your business taking off. See your marriage restored. See your family prospering. See your dreams coming to pass. You must conceive it and believe it is possible if you ever hope to experience it. [Joel Osteen. our Best Life Now 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential ] In fact Norman Vincent Peale once said 'These two men have the rare gift of inspiring and helping people! In fact, I owe them a personal debt of gratitude for the helpful guidance I have received!' [ 18 ] But Hill was not the only influence on Peale's life Norman Vincent Peale and Ernest Holmes Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Religious Science movement, was a mentor to Peale . In confessing his indebtedness to Holmes, Peale wrote on the back cover of Ernest Holmes: His Life and Times "Only those who knew me as a boy can fully appreciate what Ernest Holmes did for me. Why, he made me a positive thinker."
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And on the back cover of Science of Mind , sometimes called one of the greatest New Thought books ever written ”I believe God was in this man, Ernest Holmes. He was in tune with the Infinite.” In turn, Holmes took his inspirations and information from a variety of sources including Quimby, Darwin, Emerson, Freud, and Mary Baker Eddy, but, according to his brother… when he read the essay Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson a spark leaped into flames. And where did Emerson get his inspiration from? When the "Bhagavad Gita" fell into his hands he experienced far greater pleasure than is known to the gold seeker, who suddenly after long and weary searching, comes upon a rich lode. The "Bhagavad Gita" appealed to Emerson with compelling power. In Emerson's writings the metaphysical thought of India, Greece, and modern transcendentalism were fused” [ 19 ] And there is more... a lot more. […] The Prosperity Doctrine, Prayer and the Sovereignty of God In The Power of Positive Thinking , Norman Vincent Peale says It is important to realize that you are dealing with the most tremendous power in the world when you pray. Which makes one think that this most tremendous power he refers to must be the God of the Bible, but it is not. Peale continues " You can receive guidance in problems if prayer is allowed to permeate your subconscious, the seat of the forces which determines whether you take right or wrong actions... If you have not experienced this power, perhaps you need to learn new techniques of prayer. It is well to study prayer from an efficiency point of view. Usually the emphasis is entirely religious though no cleavage exists between the two concepts. Scientific spiritual practice rules out stereotyped procedure even as it does in general science. If you have been praying in a certain manner, even if it has brought you blessings, which it doubtless has, perhaps you can pray even more profitably by varying the pattern and by experimenting with fresh formulas. Get new insights; practice new skills to attain greatest results.
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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