The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living is a self-help book that was written by Norman Vincent Peale in 1952. It has been an international bestseller with over five million copies in print. You can find a summary of Peale’s book at

There is much about the book that is interesting, and even helpful. Even though Peale’s book claims to be based on religious ideas, I want to show you a much better way to get the benefits of thinking positively.

Before I do that, let me point out some ideas in the book that do NOT come from the Bible.

The driving theory of the book is that having faith in yourself is the most important key to a “happy and successful” life. That sounds good, but the Bible teaches the opposite. It is a mistake to put faith in yourself. Jeremiah 17:0 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

Think for a moment about this list of foul things that Jesus says originates from the core of who we are. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness” (Mark 7:21–22). There is not much good there for us to put our faith in, is there?

The Power of Positive Thinking also teaches that the way to stop worrying is to increase your self-confidence. On the other hand, God says that the one “who trusts in his own heart is a fool…” (Proverbs 28:26). “Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom and let not the mighty man boast of his might…” (Jeremiah 9:23).

If it is wrong to focus on how good we are, then how can we have a positive outlook on life?

The answer is quite simple, and yet it is profound at the same time. Instead of focusing on how good we are, we can focus instead on GOD’S goodness. Has God made you new on the inside? If He has, then you are in the process of learning many wonderful things about Him. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s special “newness” begins when a person repents of their sin and puts his or her trust in Jesus Christ for eternal forgiveness (see Acts 20:21 & 26:18).

Focusing our attention on God is more than worth the effort because. “…In [God’s] presence is fullness of joy; In [His] right hand there are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11).

If you are a Christian then your heart resonates with this request from God: “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek’” (Psalm 27:8).

If God has made us new on the inside, then we want to focus our attention on the Lord. How exactly, do we do that?

Like most things, it starts with a commitment. “To You, I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He is gracious to us” (Psalm 123:1–2).

The next step is beginning to collect things about God we can think about. Here are a few suggestions from my collection. These are things I found in the Bible. I listed them from A to Z to help me remember and review them.

GOD is:

The Almighty God, The Altogether Lovely One

My Beloved, The Bread of Life, My Brother

The Chief Corner Stone, My Counselor, My Creator

My Deliverer

The Everlasting God

The Father of Lights, Faithful, My Friend

My Glorious Lord, The Good Master

My High Priest, The Hope of Glory, My Helper, Holy

The I Am, Immanuel

The Judge, Just, My boy

The King of Kings

The Lamb of God, My Life, My Light, The Lord of Glory

My Master, The Mighty God, The Man of Sorrows

Near, The Name above all Names

The Only Wise God

The Prince of Peace, Pure, Patient, My Provider

The Quencher of Thirst, The Quickening Spirit

The Resurrection, My Rock, The Ruler of All

My Shepherd, My Savior, My Sovereign, My Song

The True Vine, The Truth

The Unspeakable Gift, My Understanding

The Victory, The Vine

The Way, Wonderful, Wise


My Yearning

The Zeal of God, Zion’s King

Another way to tap into the power of a positive God is by getting to know the Bible better. The best way to do this is to attend a Bible-teaching church. (I know of a good one to recommend!)

I hope each one of you will focus your thinking on our positive, almighty God. It is the best path to joy!