The Book and the Author:
James Allen was born in Leicester, England in 1864. In 1879 his father left for America in an effort to recoup financial losses. The elder Allen had hoped to settle in the United States, but was robbed and murdered before he could send for his family. The financial crisis that resulted forced James to leave school at fifteen and begin work as a personal secretary for an executive of a large corporation until 1902. At the age of 38 he resigned from his prior work to begin writing and moved with his wife to a small cottage at Ilfracombe, England. There he wrote more than 20 books in the 10 years prior to his death in 1912.
He is credited by some as being the progenitor of the personal growth movement and has influenced many of today's leaders in the field including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley, Tony Robbins and Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup books.
"Beyond the New Testament, the Old Testament and other books documenting the beliefs of the greatest religions of the world, there is one little book that impacted my life dramatically during my formative teenage years. The book is "As A Man Thinketh", the most widely acclaimed...book written by James Allen, who might be likened to the Norman Vincent Peale or Earl Nightingale of the late 1800's." - Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning.
"He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force."
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