As a Man Thinketh and From Poverty to Power synopsis: James Allen’s From Poverty to Power (1901) and As a Man Thinketh (1902) stand as seminal texts in the self-help genre that have served as sources of inspiration since their publication at the beginning of the 20th century. Loosely based in its principles around the Biblical proverb “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” As a Man Thinketh asserts the powerful idea that belief is central to bringing about positive events in one’s life. From Poverty to Power, Allen’s first book, relies on a similar philosophy but addresses themes of adversity and suffering more directly and offers his simple wisdom as a means of overcoming difficulty. Allen’s writings are powerful and relevant today as they were over a century ago, and this collection brings their solace and inspiration to modern listeners.
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