Book Review: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

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“Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Their whims, fancies, and ambitions are thwarted at every step, but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean.”

They say we humans value things based on what we pay for them.

As A Man Thinketh was a book I found for free in iBooks. If a reader of this book was to internalize — that is, read and truly understand what he reads and make it part of his normal thought pattern — its brief, pithy contents, no other books or seminars or programs or YouTube videos on motivation or success would be necessary.

I read this whole book in an hour. It cost me no money and relatively little time. The iBooks app didn’t even ask me for a review at the end.

This book covers the major premise of every single self-help book, audio tape and seminar I’ve ever seen or experienced: Your thoughts are 100% responsible for your world. And you are 100% responsible for your thoughts.

Many people will read the above paragraph, scoff, think to themselves, I already know that, and never consider this book again. Which proves the point of my opening statement.

Knowing something and actively applying it are two different things. If we all applied everything we knew, there would be no motivational messages and no crime and no negativity in the world. But we take what we (think we) know for granted — that’s why books like As A Man Thinketh are free on iBooks while reality TV shows gross millions. 

But if you’re reading this review, I’m probably preaching to the choir. Read it and leave a comment letting me know what you think of it. 

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