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In the last decade, we have had to face problems more serious than ever before -- personally, nationally, and globally. With so much seemingly needless pain and destruction in the human race, we need greater inner strength to remain hopeful, to avoid cynicism and despair.

Norman Vincent Peale, whose advice has helped millions, shows you how to:

* Conquer fear and guilt

* Like yourself -- at least most of the time

* Achieve prosperity and enjoyment of life

* Become physically healthy -- the natural way

* Keep the magic of enthusiasm working for you

* Tackle problems hopefully and handle them creatively

* Harness the power of prayer

You can make life as wonderful as it is meant to be. Let Norman Vincent Peale show you the way. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Fireside ed edition (March 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074323488X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743234887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read them over and over to see where I need improvements in my life.
Khaliqa
If you're like me and have a hard time being hopeful and optimistic, then this book really helps you to learn how.
Nick Gearhart
I'm nearly half way through, but it is a very inspiring book as are all of Dr. Peale's books.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If life has beaten you down, please order this book. It's like sitting down with a wise and kindly friend -- the kind of person who has a way of making us see ourselves and our situation (no matter what it may be) in a fresh and hopeful light. Norman Vincent Peale genuinely cared about his fellow human beings -- and tried to help them with simple, down-to-earth wisdom that has changed countless lives for the better. No matter where you are in life, or what has happened to you, this book can help
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "triumphinchrist" on November 6, 2003
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This book gives the account of Dr. Peale's conversion experience to a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. His wife led him to the Lord, even though he was already a Methodist pastor. Many people claim that he was New Age and an evil perpetrator of false religion. The truth is that he was a master at applying Christianity to real life situations, when others were only interested in doctrinal correctness.
This is a great book and the title says it all: you have to be and remain tough-minded to shield yourself from all the negativity around you. Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, if there be any virtue or praise, thing on these things. You are not going to help anybody if you have a sad, bad, negative attitude. The world needs radically consistent happy and positive optimistic people or we'll go down the tubes.
Have a happy day!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on June 13, 2004
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Dr. Peale talks about his internal struggle before he adopted the truths of "tough minded optimism." It was through observation that he discovered philosophy and generalizations didn't work in the real world of problems. The authentic faith as taught by Jesus Christ works! It doesn't ignore problems, it looks beyond them to solutions.
Odd that the same two philosophies that were around in the 1940s-1960s when Dr. Peale came to his conclusion are still in the arena today. Those of us who continue to benefit from Dr. Peale's excellent insight are grateful he made the right (and I mean that literally) choice. What he teaches works!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Khaliqa on February 7, 2007
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I own all books written by Dr Peale. I read them over and over to see where I need improvements in my life.What a wonderful author! I wish more (help-yourself)books were so down to earth and optimistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah R. Becker on April 3, 2013
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I have been reading books and articles written by Dr.Norman Vincent Peale for over twenty years. I have not found one of his books or articles that hasn't inspired me to be a better person or helped me through very difficult situations I have gone through. The Tough-Minded Optimist is no exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Jacobson on December 3, 2009
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Peale brougnt many people to Christ- and I had a great way of explaining how putting God first- can lead to a happy, productive life.
I highly recommend all of his books- and I also recommend checking out [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd A on May 17, 2014
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It is now one of the center pieces of my library. Norman Vincent Peale was a pastor for over 30 years so it is book based on Christianity and faith. A new perspective on life's challenges is how you change the way you think. I found great value in this book.
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