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Life History of Norman Vincent Peale Plus You Can If You Think You Can Book Commentary

Updated on April 14, 2015
Success in in your reach!
Success in in your reach! | Source


Did you ever wonder how successful people like Norman Vincent Peale, author of the Power of Positive Thinking and many other books, got started? What made them the person they are? How did Norman Vincent Peale begin his life and how did he discover the power of positive thinking?

This article highlights Norman Vincent Peale's life and how he became one the most famous authors and successful people in the world. It will provide an overview of Norman Vincent Peale's background, and where he got his determination to become a supremely happy person and influence others to do the same.

Norman Vincent Peale
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Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993) - The Early Years

When was Norman Vincent Peale born? May 31, 1898, in Bowersville, Ohio. He had two younger brothers, and his parents were Anna and Charles Peale.

Where did Norman Vincent Peale study? Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology

What were Norman Vincent Peale's professions?

Minister: According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Norman Vincent Peale was attracted to the ministry from his father, who was a Methodist preacher. His father advised him "that the way to the human heart is through simplicity."

At age 24, in 1922, he was ordained as a Methodist minister. Ten years later, at age 32, he changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America and became pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York. He became one of New York's most famous preachers, growing the church to over 5000 members.

Author: In addition to his most popular book, the Power of Positive Thinking, he authored many other books including The Art of Living, Confident Living and This Incredible Century. The Power of Positive Thinking was first published in 1952, and was on a New York Times bestseller for 186 consecutive weeks!

Professional speaker: Norman Vincent Peale lectured at sermons, radio broadcasts and TV.

He had a career that spanned over 7 decades!

He had a profound impact on millions of people, and continues to positively influence people in the world today. Another famous and sometimes humorous quote: "It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship."

What You Can Do Right Now To Bring Positivity Into Your Life

Think of something positive and upbeat right now...a song, a place, a person, an event...paint a picture in your mind of something beautiful and imagine being there right now.

Beautiful Sunset
Beautiful Sunset | Source

You Can If You Think You Can by Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale is the author of 46 books, including "You Can If You Think You Can". Here is another famous quote by Mr. Peale: "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."

In his book, "You Can If You Think You Can", he discusses his persistence principle and how it's always too soon to quit. He also discusses his recommended steps to solve every problem which include the following:

Believe in Yourself
Believe in Yourself | Source
  • Motivate yourself....tell yourself you can accomplish anything.

  • Believe in yourself and have confidence in yourself.

  • Forget your fears.

  • Learn that you make miracles happen.

  • Avoid thoughts of failure; instead, focus on success.

  • Draw upon the resources in your mind.

  • Ease up and have a sense of humor.

  • Get on top of things and stay there.

Norman Vincent Peale's Legacy Lives On

Norman Vincent Peale's principles of positive thinking have influenced millions of people in the world. There are still so many more people who can benefit from learning more about these principles. If you are a positive thinker, use the power of positive influence everyday with others. Something as simple as a smile will positively influence others more than you think.

Dr. Peale's legacy continues today through his books, and through the Peale Christian for Christian Living. For free help and inspiring reading, go to and you can sign up to receive weekly inspirational newsletters. Guideposts was started by Norman Vincent Peale after World War II, first as a 4-page leaflet, and then as a monthly magazine in the 1950s.

Please take a moment to watch this brief video of quotes by Norman Vincent Peale:

The Wisdom of Norman Vincent Peale:

Must Read Books by Norman Vincent Peale!

© 2013 Amelia Griggs


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    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for your comment, DREAM ON. It's much appreciated.

      This book has and continues to change my life in such a positive way! The first book I read by Norman Vincent Peale was The Power of Positive Thinking, many years ago. I can't begin to tell you how Norman Vincent Peale has been such a pivotal person in my life. He paved the way for me to follow a successful path. Then in 2006, when "The Secret" book was written and also the DVD, it re-introduced some of the same concepts, and reinforced so many more. I remember watching Oprah and she had the speakers from "The Secret" DVD and I was hooked. I had to buy the DVD. I have watched it so many times. By using their techniques, and re-reading their videos and quotes, it continues to help me make better decisions and be more successful in many areas of my life. I would recommend any and all books by Norman Vincent Peale, and I would highly recommend the book and DVD, "The Secret".



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      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      I am so happy to be the first to comment.Interesting hub that everyone should read.How has his book changed your life?Have a great day.


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