A Study of James Allen's Book

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A Study of James Allen's Book


Abstract 2

Introduction: James Allen Biography……. 3

Lessons learned and main ideas found 4

Quotes from the book to be remembered 6

Conclusion. 7


James Allen proves that it is possible to pack dozens of valuable nuggets in a small package. The language is often lofty and dated, which in other works detracts from the material. In this case it reads like the writings of a wise old scholar, enhancing the content and its weight.

More than just an essay on positive thinking, Allen walks the reader through applications for personal growth, putting thought into action, using personal gifts to achieve right purposes, persevering to develop character, sacrificing and putting forth your full effort.

In what is following, I will try to summarize some of the main ideas and lessons I learned while reading the book.

Introduction: James Allen Biography

An unrewarded genius….

James Allen (November 28, 1864 - 1912) was a writer of inspirational books and poetry. Born in Leicester, England, James was 15 when his father, a businessman, was robbed and murdered. He left school to work full-time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family. Eventually he married and became an executive secretary for a large company. At age 38, he retired from employment and he and his wife moved to a small cottage in Ilfracombe, of Devon, England to pursue a simple life of contemplation. There he wrote for 9 years producing over 20 works. James Allen died in 1912, at age 48.

Allen's most famous book, As a Man Thinketh, was published in 1902. It is now considered a classic self-help book. Its underlying premise is that noble thoughts make a noble person; lowly thou...

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...e want to make significant quantum changes, we need to work on our basic paradigms – the way we view ourselves and the world around us."

Thinking about thinking and the thoughts we choose to entertain is something we all need to do carefully. Ever since reading As A Man Thinketh I've been realizing more and more how our thoughts create our reality. And thus Allen teaches two essential truths: today we are where our thoughts have taken us, and we are the architects - for better or worse - of our futures

Quotes from the book to be remembered

There is so much life-improving wisdom, advice, and guidance packed inside the short pages of this wonderful book that you could read it 100 times and still learn something new every time.

I have come with a marker over several lines in the book and here is what I discovered within the pages of "As A Man Thinekth":

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