31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I look at this GREAT little book every single day. Why? Each page has date. And below each date there is a short, highly meaningful quotation from Norman Vincent Peale that helps me keep my perspective. When things are going well, I look at this quote and think about it. And when things are looking bleak (which they do at times) I look at the quote and think about it, and even go back and review the previous day's quote. These short but potent quotes are like a shot of psychological and spiritual Vitamin C. Do you like to simply take mental stock? The quotes are for you. Or are you into prayer? Then these quotes are for you. Or are you into meditation? Then these quotes are for you. And if you're into all three of these things (to each his/her/it own) they're also for you. The great thing about this book is that you can keep it by your bedside and take it along with you when you travel. Just a minute or two a day, reading and (if you can make the time) pondering the quote can do wonders.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2004
Dr Norman Vincent Peale's gifts continue working, long after he has gone to receive his reward. My life is enriched every time I am privileged to pick up one of his books. This well-edited volume will give you a "vitamin" dose of positive thinking for every day of the year. If you're like me, you'll just go ahead and read through the entire thing at once. In a world where the negative occurs by default, programming one's mind with a positive antidote is necessary on a regular basis. Books such as this will help you obtain that needed mental nourishment.
Consider his powerful conclusion to this book, the December 31st reading and as you think about this message, remember he is, in a way, speaking from the "other side," as he is (present tense)a follower of Jesus Christ:
"Know that there is no death; that all life is indivisible, that the here and hereafter are one, that time and eternity are inseparable, that this is one unobstructed universe. We are citizens of eternity."
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2000
I have kept this book by my bedside for several years. I may or may not read it every single day, but I do consider it to a 'working' bible for which each day has a message that brings hope, facilitates clarity, and reminds one of what is truly important. I have also bought it as a gift for others.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2008
Most of the daily meditations can be directly linked to the Bible, and I would have hoped that there would have been Bible references beneath his meditations. Anyone can give "good" advice, but when one sees the advice hailing from the Bible, it gives the advice a lot more credibility and power, in my humble opinion. It is important to be positive, but more importantly, to know why. I have taken to writing in his book the Bible verses that I believe correspond to his meditation, what a wonderful way to start the day!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2006
Book was a gift for my daughter. She loves it. Focusing on the positive things in life truly lifts the spirit.
Book arrived within a week, great condition!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
This mega-motavating book is SO amazingly helpful in causing one to achieve and/or maintain a positive outlook on life,that you'll find yourself taking it along with you EVERYwhere you go! In fact,you'll find it nigh-impossible to NOT want it handy for you to"medicate"your mind with its'motivating(and oh,so TRUTHFUL)thoughts on taking a positive perspective on lifes' adversities,whenever they occurr!!Just recently I'd walked a long way(in freezing temperatures)to the local post office to mail an important document and encountered much"irritation"from the manner in which business was conducted there,in addition to misplacing the address(I'd written on a piece of paper)I was to mail to,which caused me further frustration,to the point of hot-IRE,at which point I walked out without accomplishing my goal,then as I sat in an empty field a few doors down FUMING,and began reading from this book(which I fortunately carried with me)I came across a passage saying:"You'll ALWAYS get an idea,if you THINK and don't PANIC." So I immediately calmed myself and began thinking carefully about my every move before I left home,when I realized that the address was not lost en-route to the post office,but had been left lying on my bed,where I'd copied the address onto it!! So I was eventually able to mail this important document by keeping my composure to ascertain the situation!! Days later my red Doberman"MANGLED"my rare,vintage(and absolute FAVORITE hat in my entire LIFE)"MCM"visor which cost me much more money than I currently have available to me,even IF(but there's not)there existed another such visor on the planet!! So initially I thought that the positive outlook/happiness which I'd gained in the last few months,from reading(and implementing)Dr Peales'writings/techniques on maintaining a positive attitude,would not be able to"carry"me through this Christmas season happily after suffering such a"loss"!! But just as despair/"resignation"began to set-in,I read two seperate passages in this book which reignited hope in me:"Believe it is possible TO solve your problem...Tremendous things happen TO the BELIEVER...So BELIEVE the answer will COME. It WILL." and:"The tough-minded optimist views ANY problem AS a challenge to HIS intelligence,INGENUITY and faith..He KEEPS on thinking,praying AND believing...He KNOWS there IS a solution....And so,HE finally FINDS it." After reading these"gems",I began to launch a concentrated mental ONSLAUGHT against this delimma!! Since obtaining another such cap is highly unlikely,I decided I'd"patch"/repair the one I have,with"MCM"material from a big bag and I even made my visor BETTER than it was BEFORE the red Dobermans onset,by carefully"patching"all the holes,rends and tears that the savage Doberman inflicted on it!!!! By realizing that there WAS a viable solution to this problem,I THOUGHT hard ON it,prayed ABOUT it,and BELIEVED a good option WOULD certainly present itself,and it DID!! Just recently I couldn't locate two reciept for items I have in"layaway"and I feared that if I didn't make another payment on them before 30 days expired,they might be"pulled"...So I read this positive thought for July 27:"Put your trust in God and just go calmly on your way." So,I asked the Lord to reveal to me where these reciepts were,in time to make payment and continue the"layaway"(which I believed/feared was already a week delinquent)...So instead of continually worrying about"forfeiting"the"layaway",I calmed my mind,CONFIDENT that my Lord and Savior would surely cause matters to turn out in my favor...He DID indeed,as I promptly"happened upon"the reciepts and saw that I actually had another TWO weeks yet,to make the monthly payment!! Also,because SO many in the clergy have"abused"/concentrated SOLELY on,the message of"prosperity',even turning it into a(stand-alone)DOCTRINE,many believers have become reluctant to even utter the"P"-word!!But a real truth concerning prosperity was included into this book:"Prosperity is not ALWAYS,or even USUALLY to BE concieved of IN terms of MONEY,but as a CONSTANT flow of Gods' BLESSINGS." This book has been aiding me in a MULTITUDE of ways since obtaining it!! Get yours TOO,to have a spiritual"pocket counselor"ready to help you keep peaceful and hopeful!! GREAT book!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2007
This is a wonderful, timeless book. I had purchased this for myself last year. This year I have purchased 9 more to share as Christmas presents for family and friends. All of the books by this author are treasures.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thousands of studies have shown how much stress affects your emotions and health - and how reducing stress can have an incredibly powerful effect on your daily life. The mindset you set up for yourself each day can literally make you more healthy - and keep you that way.
This is where Norman Vincent Peale's book comes in. Every day it provides something for you to consider, a blurb to think about. You don't have to read the book straight through. In fact, it works better if you don't. Just keep it on your desk. Pick it up every day or so and see what it says. Think about the words. If you come across a favorite saying, post that up by your computer monitor. Each of us will find different pages which speak to us personally - which is why it's great that there are 365 of them!
For example, here's one. "For the next twenty-four hours, deliberately speak hopefully about everything, about your job, about your children's marks in school, about your health, and about your future." Isn't that an amazing thought - that it might be a challenge to be hopeful, just for 24 hours? If you were actively hopeful, what kind of beneficial ripple effects might that have on others around you? It could literally make your entire environment incrementally better.
It is tempting to want this information in calendar form, one of those page-a-day to go through. On the other hand, with that system you'd have to buy a new one each year. With this book, you can just move a bookmark through it each day, and you don't have to buy another book when the year is up.
If I have a complaint, it's that the book doesn't say it's Christian up front - but there are a fair number of God references in it. I don't mind books that promote Christianity, but they should let you know they're going to do that, rather than just having it pop up once you've already bought it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
The daily organisation of thoughts it great!
I believe some more details regarding each daily "thought" or "meditation" is required. Something to further explain or give a deeper meaning, and some examples would further help a readers understanding, and provide inspiration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
I keep this in my drawer at work. It is very helpful when searching for a quick (mental) pick-me-up. The quotes or sayings are generally pretty short and to the point, without being overly sentimental or mechanical. I'd suggest the book to anyone.