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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564598500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564598509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lance on October 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great work but Allen says that you can't develop concentration through seated practices. I know this to be false but I think he meant that seated practices alone won't develop the power but one needs to be focused at all times on the task at hand. Nevertheless, he talks about very important points on concentration, self-control, meditation, and the last chapter, the power of purpose, is probably my favorite. By the way, I have both audiobook versions of this book and the narrators in both suck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eugeneyiga on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
James Allen is fast becoming one of my favourite authors on the power of thought. Although his writing tends to be somewhat repetitive, the concepts are so beautifully described that I don't really mind! For the most part, this book is about living a moral life. Yes, all the talk of good and evil may be borderline puritanical for some, but given the increasing degradation of our values, that might not be such a bad thing.

I especially resonate with his view that meditation, even in small doses, has great benefits. Yes, meditation is more than "whiling away the time in idle dreaming" (and requires some effort lest it lapse into a relaxing reverie), but too much effort can be equally counterproductive. Not everyone needs to meditate with the goal of "divine enlightenment" and "the attainment of Truth". Simpler intentions are fine too.

What I found quite interesting was the distinction between concentration and meditation. Perhaps it's all semantics, but certain Buddhist circles treat concentration as a type of meditation (the other type being mindfulness). In that light, I'm not entirely convinced that practices involving mantras should be completely disregarded or why Allen is convinced they lead towards "weakness and imbecility". No, you shouldn't use them exclusively, but there's no harm in spending a few minutes getting centred before you begin a task.

This book, while not getting caught up in the "infinite and eternal" law of attraction, raises some interesting philosophical questions about how much of our lives we control. According to Allen, whose opinions are always forcefully expressed, we're responsible for it all: "Nothing comes unbidden; where the shadow is, there also is the substance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents on July 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a must have for any person on the path of enlightenment. The perfect follow up read to 'As A Man Thinketh'. Relevant today although written almost 100 years ago. Has alread begun to take shape in my life and I just finished the book. Absolutely fascinating, soul inspiring and a real guide to mastering ones destiny.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on December 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
An incredible journey towards joy and prosperous living. James Allen is a genius!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Salvador Minuchin on May 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Author wrote "a large number of actions," when he could have written "many actions." He did this more than once.
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