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As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [Kindle Edition]

James Allen
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Book Description

AS A MAN THINKS has long been read by millions of people seeking joy, success, and health through the power of thought and its effect on life.

James Allen insists upon the power of the individual to form his own character and to create his own happiness. Thought and character are one, he says, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state."

And thus James Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us, and we are the architects - for better or worse - of our futures. Perhaps one of the greatest writers of this century, he portrays the Truth clearly, eloquently and with no misunderstanding. AS A MAN THINKS is a timeless piece.

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``This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that - --from The Author, James Allen

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  • File Size: 6010 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDIO2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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309 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing your thoughts, changing your life June 26, 2000
This excellent compilation of essays by James Allen truly holds the key to success, amongst other things! I feel so inspired after reading this book, so ready to put into practice what this powerful, little book is teaching. This "classic" has been around since the turn of the century and it seems to be even more relevant in today's stressful and competitive society. I underlined so many wonderful and inspiring passages that I intend to refer to on a daily basis. As Allen states, "a man is literally what he thinks", or as the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out! Or put another way, "All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts."
I have learned that I cannot blame others for my life, or my state of affairs - they are my creation, the end product of my thoughts and actions. Allen states that man makes or unmakes himself by the thoughts he keeps and cultivates. Man is truly is his own worst enemy!
I really resonated to his quote on fear, "Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in." How profound and how true. How we let fear run our lives - again proving how powerful our thoughts can be. Allen further expounds by saying, "He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure."
The garden of our mind is only cultivated by us. What kind of crop we want to consistently yield is solely determined on our positive, enriching, and encouraging thoughts or on our doubting, destructive and negative ones. We alone hold the key to our future, and our success, and our attainments in life. We can either have a feast or a famine - it is only up to us.
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320 of 339 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this particular edition! April 20, 2006
The one star has NOTHING to do with the content of this wonderful publication, it goes without saying that anyone who has stumbled upon the genius of Allen's masterpiece knows full well that the truth is what it is, i.e. this book is sublime mastery. No, my one star simply refers to this DeVorss imprint, this veritable 'mini-book'. Sadly nowhere on the page was it explained that this was a MINI version, a pamphlet indeed. My advice, pay the extra 2~300 yen and get yourself a 'proper' copy - one that will stand up in your bookshelf. Thank you.
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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book! May 24, 2005
By Katie
Format:Pamphlet|Verified Purchase
This little book, filled with much wisdom, can be summed up in this one sentence:

"All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts".

Overall, this book is about taking responsibility for your lot in life - the good and the bad - as it can all be traced to the thoughts you entertain day in and day out. It also shows how our thoughts directly impact our character - we are what we think - How true!!!

I would recommend this book to everyone interested in changing some aspect of their life. It is less than 70 pages & can be read in less than an hour, but its effects could last a lifetime.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Are You Thinking This New Day? September 12, 2006
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "A man is what he thinks about all day long..." We are...we really, really are. But the sad fact of the matter is, most of us do not really know what we are thinking. In fact, I would say that most of us aren't really thinking at all. Most of us are just operating on unconscious reactions to things.

Does this make your butt twitch?
Does this make you a little nervous?

It should...but...don't get too nervous...don't go too much in a panic. If there is something from this review that I want you to remember the most, is this:


Think about this for the next 25 years of your life. Meditate upon this powerful Truth. Who you are is simply the residual effect of what you have thought about in the past. This is is a new day! This is a new opportunity for you to turn EVERYTHING around! If you have been ill or sick, now is your time to claim health and wellness. If you have been experiencing lack or limitation, now is the accepted time to claim wealth and abundance. You see, the universe never holds anything back from you. Never! There is only a stream of well-being in the just need to come into alignment with it...and we do this with our thoughts...we do this with our feelings...we do this with the images we are holding in mind.

Think about only that which you desire to attract. Feel the feelings of how it would be to have those things you want to attract. Imagine having those things, those experiences, that beautiful, abundant, healthy, well-lived life now! And I guarantee that you will! It is always done unto you as you believe.

This book is incredibly inspirational and so well worth it. The book, however, won't change your life. Only you can do that. And I happen to believe that you can!

Know that this is your day. You are a blessing!

Peace & Blessings, dear reader...
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite All-Time Book, A Great Masterpiece July 23, 1999
It is a joy to see there are others that found this book to be a Masterpiece. I found it right after I finished high school and have read it no less than 100 times. It is like an old friend who reminds me that my life is what I make it, without exception. It helped me learn that I could not blame anyone else for the condition of my life, I was sololy responsible and therefore only I could change it. I finished high school in 1984 with a C average (I thought I was quite stupid) and in 1997 I finished my Ph. D. in Computer Science with an A average. I believe the ideas that James Allen wrote in this short Masterpiece with all heart and these ideas helped me change my life, drasticly. James Allen was a very wise man, anyone could learn something from him! I will close with some of my favorite quotes from this Masterpiece, "You can not travel within and stand still without.", "There is effort and there are results, chance is not.", "Dreams are the seedlings of reality.", and "You will receive exactly what you earn, no more, no less."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book is a prompt to self mind search....and more!
Published 2 days ago by Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing as rain to the parched soul
Truth. Wisdom. Every young man (and woman) should read this book to discover how his thought life controls his destiny.
Published 3 days ago by David Meekhof
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet sweet sweet
Short and sweet read - read it during lunch.
It is inspiring, motivating and enlightening. It provides a sense of peace and comfort in all aspects. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book club!
Love the book and the service was even better. The book arrived in great condition and packaged very well. Best of all was the price, will be ordering again soon. Book club!
Published 5 days ago by Willie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you!
Published 7 days ago by Kevin Colyer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good
I liked it. I recommend it to people with self control and identity issues. It is also easy to read.
Published 9 days ago by Robert Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an easy read. Good book to read before bed
This is an easy read. Good book to read before bed. I read it when I have had a stressful day. I have read it several times and it does not get old.
Published 9 days ago by Happy shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to start each day
A very inspiring book I start each morning with. A reminder of how strong our thoughts can be in determining our life
Published 9 days ago by Ben G
5.0 out of 5 stars Man is buffeted by circumstances. Frustrations can be released
This book excited me to the point where I couldn't put it down until finished.The effects of thought and circumstances, was a fascinating chapter, that i have now reread three... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Angela T Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

James Allen (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. His books are classics in the fields of inspiration and spirituality. Although best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored several other books that deal with the power of thought including THE PATH OF PROSPERITY, EIGHT PILLARS OF PROSPERITY and James Allen's BOOK OF MEDITATION FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

Allen's books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Although he never achieved great fame or wealth, his works continue to influence people around the world, including the New Thought movement.

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