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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911921
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The secret of happiness lies within you and in A Guide to Confident Living, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale demonstrates how you can think your way to success and happiness with his amazing time-tested techniques. Step-by-step, in clear readable language, Dr. Peale shows you how to release your inner powers to achieve confidence and contentment and to open the way to new energy that will actually revitalized your life.

About the Author

Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most influential clergymen of his time, is the author of forty-six books, including the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking. Dr. Peale's legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Outreach Division of Guideposts, www.dailyguide posts.com/positivethinking. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most influential clergymen of his time, is the author of forty-six books, including the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking. Dr. Peale's legacy continues today through the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Outreach Division of Guideposts.

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Saw Dr. Peale mention this book in one of his previous books and decided to get this one as well.
Ron Pierce
I'm very satisfied with this book and would highly recommend it to anyone that needs confidence in their life.
Maverick
In a couple of places in the book he reminds us that Jesus Christ taught us to humble ourselves as children.
Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dr. Peale begins with a lesson on listening to God in "creative silence", that in a worship atmosphere, a person can tap into God's thoughts and overcome the challenges of life. Bringing a spirit of expectancy is important if one is to achieve the desired results.
"...faith is the contact point with God's power" he tells us on page 12. He says a friend gave him a working definition of a competent church service, "The creation of an atmosphere in which a spiritual miracle can take place" (p. 12).
Dr. Peale reminds us of a theme found in a lot of his writings, one worth emphasis. He tell us to "supplant destructive thoughts with good ones, diseased thoughts with healthy ones" (p. 32).
Another one of his themes that he includes in this book has to do with the power of the mind to create. "There is a deep tendency in human nature to become like that which you image yourself to be" he quotes a psychologist as saying (p. 47).
Faith, confident assurance in God, releases powerful help on your behalf.
We're reminded of the power of the unseen in his description on page 82, "your life, or mine, is not determined by outward circumstances, but by the thoughts that habitually engage the mind." As a man thinks so he becomes.
He has such a powerful way of expressing truth. Consider the statement he makes on page 84, "A thought, properly employed, possesses a healing property."
If a person wants his life to be different, he should think different thoughts.
In a couple of places in the book he reminds us that Jesus Christ taught us to humble ourselves as children.
Toward the end of the book, a frank discussion of death is given. I strongly encourage you to get this book, if for no other reason to read this portion of it.
What you think determines what you become. What you become determines your life's work. Knowing how to live teaches one how to die.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maverick on June 5, 2008
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I've decided that I need the same confidence that David had when he defeated the Giant. My life has been spiraling out of control recently and I doubt that I could conquer my own fears and doubts let alone a giant. Therefore I decided to order this book " A Guide to Confident Living." Only having the time to peruse a few pages it still has made me see how easy it is to erase self doubt and get with the program of Living Confidently. I'm very satisfied with this book and would highly recommend it to anyone that needs confidence in their life. It arrived in fine condition and in a timely manner as promised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron Pierce on January 1, 2013
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Saw Dr. Peale mention this book in one of his previous books and decided to get this one as well. Excellent book and probably my 2nd favorite next to The Power of Positive Thinking. I've got 5 of his books and I've enjoyed reading this one as much as the others. Will say that this one starts a little slower than the others, but he gets into his stride within the 2nd or 3rd chapter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By big bozo on May 20, 2011
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Peale is a pioneer of his day in pulling elements from the Bible other than the fire and brimstone of hell and damnation and sin and judgement that was so prevelant in the past. While these things are incredibly very, very much relevant, the elements of love and joy and peace and clarity of mind that can be applied to every person who is a believer are also very prevelant in the Bible, and they are there for all to consume and become. In the past, preachers and teachers of God's word omitted these things, but Peale brought them forth in his ministry and started a revolution of sorts. This revolution tells humanity that while they must examine their life in the areas of sin and get their lives right with God through Jesus Christ and repentance, that there is a fulfilling, joyful life that is also in the Bible and prominant and attainable for the believer. This book is only one of several of his that will lead one in that positive direction. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Hudson on August 29, 2009
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This is a great book, one of the best I've read so far. This book is quite practical, if you want a boost in your life, this is it. It provides several chapters of simple motivating principles for everyday life that works when applied. I am not a avid reader so I read this book when I have the time (at least one chapter per night). I have found myself rejoicing because I actually bought it. I have realized the difference in my attitude and my days are no longer bad. Get it and write your review as I am sure you will be saying more and living life more, especially love that you are living and you are in control. Go out and face the world equipped with the right attitude.
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By Runner on May 13, 2014
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Very easy read with plenty of practical strategies for living a better life and learning how to change your thoughts.
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A book that develops expectations to expect the best and not the worst. It helps to break the worry habit. One learns how to live a more relaxed life.
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A great book to inspire you and all at a great Amazon price.I highly recommend this book to boost your confidence.
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