Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. Peale is best known for his 1952 classic, “The Power Of Positive Thinking.” The book met with some controversy when first published but today is recognized as a being major contributer to the success field by having inspired millions. It was Peale who coined the term “positive thinking.” But Peale wasn’t just about positive thinking in a secular sense. Peale believed positive thinking would work for anyone but when coupled with the Christian faith it was unstoppable.

Peale taught replacing negative thoughts which might come up with a ready and powerful scripture. Two of his favorite replacements were:

  1. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillippians 4:13).
  2. “…with God all things are Possible” (Mathew 19:26).

Peale also taught visualization and later wrote a book on the topic called “Positive Imaging.” Visualization was always key in Peale’s teaching. Peale seemed to view visualization as a facet of prayer; he also taught prayer as part of life’s equation.

Dr. Peale said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Peale lived by the words and inspired millions.

Peale was Robert Schuller’s mentor.

Until recently the Peale Center For Christian Living had an extensive video library on line. has now been taken down and redirected to Guideposts Magazine and the videos are no where to be found. You can find parts of Dr, Peale’s messages on YouTube by searching for him. Here is part of one of Dr. Peale’s sermons.

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Chris Milian March 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

NVP was great. I did photos for Guideposts.

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