THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
by Norman Vincent Peale
Reviewed by Sharon Chen
“The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale is written to provide techniques and give examples to tell the readers need not to fear or feel defeated by anything; you can have peace of mind, improved health and continuous flow of energy through practicing these suggestions. Dr. Peale said in his first sentence “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inferiority and inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and successful achievement.”
At the beginning of the book, Dr. Peale states that the book was written based on the Christian principles of the Bible. However, although he affirms the Christian principles over and over again, the readers can be open-minded to listen to the meaning behind and gain something since he does not try to sell religion in this book. The author provides another point of view and a practical way to use the Bible as a tool for successful living and use religion to make everyday life to flow easier, happier, with less stress and much reward. The book teaches a principal idea: we can change our life by changing our attitude. Since thoughts are our guides of lives, they can help us overcome and navigate our obstacles or cause us to retreat and give up.
The trick to have positive thinking starts with giving yourself some alone time to accept silence and quiet to clear your thoughts. Then, talk to yourself in believing your own success in business, prosperity, relationships, health issues or anyway you would like it to be. In this book, Dr. Peale emphasizes that faith in one self can make good things happen and tells us to believe the power of believing. The author also encourages people to pray, claiming that positive thinking is another term to mean faith. He also claims that the unconscious mind has that power to turn every man's wishes into realities as long as they strongly believe that it can happen. Dr. Peale's favourite maxim is “you can if you think you can”.
With a moderated tone, like the person himself, in this book Dr. Peale gives true stories that teach us lessons of lives. There are no flourish phrases or exciting plots, but Dr. Peale has the power to convince the readers what he says are true and we can have what we want if we practice his suggestions and believe our lives will be better.
Norman Vincent Peale 在他所寫的「The Power of Positive Thinking」一書中，提供一些生活上實用的技巧和實際的例子給讀者，告訴讀者並不需要去害怕生命中的挫折與失敗。只要你能經常去實行，書中的建議，就能得到心靈的安定、身體的健康、和源源不絕的精神力量。 Dr. Peale 在書中的第一句話就說了：「相信自己 ! 相信你的能力。若你缺乏謙遜但足夠的自信，你是無法感到快樂或成功的。當你有了自信，你就會成功。自卑和自覺不足會影響你去達成你的願望，但自信可以帶領你去了解自己，最終領導你邁向成功的道路。」
在書的一開始，Dr. Peale 即點明這本書是以聖經中基督教的基義為基礎來寫的。然而，雖然他在書中不斷提到基督教的教條，他並非在傳教。非教友的讀者若能打開心胸去仔細閱讀他真正想要傳達給的事情，一定能夠獲益良多。作者以一種不同的角度來看聖經，並將它用做是達到成功自在的生活的一種工具。將宗教當成是一種讓生活更輕鬆愜意、更悠閒快樂的一種途徑。作者在書中一直告訴我們的事就是，當改變我們的態度，就可以改變我們的生活。因為心中的想法是我們生命的嚮導，可以帶領我們克服困難亦或是讓我們退縮放棄，端看自己的決定。
培養正向思考的技巧從靜思開始。慢慢跟自己對話，不斷告訴自己、相信自己事業成功、成就非凡、人際關係良好、身強體健、或是任何想要達到的事情。在書中， Dr. Peale 強調「相信自己」可以讓好事發生並引發連鎖反應，並要我們相信「相信」的力量。他更鼓勵讀者祈禱，認為為心中的信念而祈禱是正向思考的具體表現。他更覺得潛意識有實現每個人的願望的力量，只要人們心中堅定地相信願望一定會實現。Dr. Peale 最喜歡的座右銘即是『你若相信你能做到，你就能做到。』
書是以一種平實溫和的筆調寫成的，就像Dr. Peale本身給人的感覺一般。他在書中用日常生活隨手拈來的故事，告訴我們生命的道理。書中並沒有華麗的辭藻，或是高潮迭起的故事情節，但是 Dr. Peale 的話語彷彿有種催眠的力量，讓我們相信這些故事是真實的，相信只要照著他給的建議做，就能讓我們的夢想成真。
諾曼．文生．皮耶爾（ Norman Vincent Peale ）
Norman Vincent Peale , one of the most influential clergymen of his time, is the author of forty-six books, including the international best seller The Power of Positive Thinking . Dr. Peale's legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Outreach Division of Guideposts.