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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (July 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612930220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612930220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Aistis Zidanavicius on December 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
How much do you like yourself? Do you like what you do? How you look like? How you live? Are you the person you are wishing to be? Is your life going in the best way that could be for you? If not, then who is responsible for your life? The answer is simple - YOU ARE!

As A Man Thinketh will make you rethink your life. It's a book about any human's view to life. What/Who is creating you? Is there any circumstance which makes your life as it is, or is that you - yourself? Although many people are thinking that their life is based on many different circumstances, it's not true. You are the only one who creates those circumstances around you. The simple answer is that there are actions and there are outcomes. Certain actions create certain results in your life and those actions begin with your thoughts. The circumstances just make your actions sharper.

I agree with the author for one hundred percent. We are what we are thinking every day, what is deep in our hearts. One of the sayings is that "Money spoils people". It's not true. Money just makes people to be more visual for who they really are. If person is good in his heart and thoughts, no money will make him evil, but if he is not, everything will make him bad.

The good news is that we can change everything with no additional circumstances or features. We can change our lives just by starting to think in a different direction. It will require will, persistence and patience, but that's the only way to do that. If you are happy with your life, great! If not, if there is anything that you are not happy about in your life, you will need the advises from this book. Don't wait, any hesitation will have certain results and probably you won't be happy about them.

Are you creating yourself that you admire and are proud of?
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As A Man Thinketh is a short essay that was written back in 1902, but is still as relevant as it was over 110 years ago. The basic premise behind the essay is that we as human beings can generate the results we want if we carefully control the thoughts that go into and come out of our minds. It's a reiteration of the oldest self-improvement maxim out there: You are what you think. The essay covers topics such as your ability to influence circumstances, health, level of success and your own happiness. The most useful of the images that Allen uses is to view your mind as a garden. You need to care for your mind like a gardener cares for his garden. Remove the bad weeds (negative thoughts/excuses) and cultivate the good plants and flowers (positive thoughts). A powerful message (though a little Puritanical for my taste) that is without a doubt true...though very difficult to execute. Worth a read on your lunch hour if you need to reset your brain to eliminate negative thinking.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Miss Jeanie on February 27, 2012
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I was so excited to receive my copy as it's been ages since I've read this book. This is very disappointing. I don't know how they managed to get so many typos in one puny little excuse for a book. Be sure when you order, to get the original. That's what I am off to do now!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2013
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Powerful. Insightful. Thought provoking. Life changing. Applicable on many levels.

A quick read that takes on a new meaning everytime you re-read it. Recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their current situtation...whatever that might be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karl - Tiny Thought Guy on May 26, 2014
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As a Man Thinketh is likely one of the most read and reviewed books in the Law of Attraction/New Age/New Thought movement and it is one of the shorter books as well (depending on the version, it ranges from roughly 50-80 pages in length).

The essence of this book is that our thoughts create our reality and that, “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” Our minds are impressionable and if we allow thoughts that are undesirable/negative to propagate then we will create negative experiences and conversely we will improve the quality of our lives as the quality of our thoughts improve.

Repeated throughout the book is the theme that: by holding a vision of our ideal, of keeping a constant focus on what we wish to be, in spite of current circumstances, we can transform ourselves into that ideal self, “The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart—this you will build your life by, this you will become.”

Fear and doubts will act in the opposite manner and sabotage us, “Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step.”

While I agree in principle with what James Allen says in this book, that our thoughts create our reality, I did find the content somewhat lacking. On several occasions I found myself thinking that the author could have benefitted the reader by expanding on some of the discussion. As an example, to say that, “Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and a corrupt body” or, “Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts” is somewhat of an oversimplification in my mid.
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