Norman Vincent Peale was the author of The Power of Positive
Thinking and chief progenitor of the theory of positive thinking.
With his wife, he founded Guideposts magazine in 1945. He was
born in Bowersville, Ohio and died in Pawling, New York.
At the age
of 34, Peale accepted a call to Marble Collegiate Church in
Manhattan where he remained for 52 years as one of New York
Citys most famous preachers. Membership grew from 600
when he arrived to well over 5,000 today.
Dr. Peale, his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale, and Raymond Thornburg,
a Pawling, New York businessman founded Guideposts Magazine.
They managed to raise $1,200 from Frank Gannett, founder of
the Gannett newspaper chain, J. Howard Pew, the Philadelphia
industrialist and Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
was designed to be a non-denominational forum for people
both celebrities and ordinary folk to relate their inspirational
stories to provide a spiritual lift to all readers. Today, the
48 page, full-color magazine under the direction of Ruth Stafford
Peale is the 13th largest paid-circulation magazine in the country
with a circulation of over 4 million.
his writing skills to work over the years. His fourth book The
Power of Positive Thinking, was published in 1952 and
has sold nearly 20 million copies and has been printed in 41
different languages. Peale completed what has been called his
all-time inspirational best seller at age 54. He was the author
of 46 inspirational books including The Art of Living,
A Guide to Confident Living, The Tough-Minded
Optimist, and Inspiring Messages for Daily Living.
For 54 years,
Peales weekly radio program, The Art of Living,
was on the air. His sermons were said to be mailed to over 750,000
people per month and in 1964 a movie was made of his life entitled
One Mans Way.
co-founded The Horatio Alger Association, with educator
Kenneth Beebe in 1947 dedicated to recognizing and honoring
contemporary Americans who have achieved success and excellence
in the face of adversity.
family of nonprofit organizations includes the Peale Center,
the Positive Thinking Foundation and Guideposts Publications.
Their purpose is to be the world leader in communicating positive,
faith-filled principles that empower people to reach their maximum
personal and spiritual potential.
Eve of 1993, Dr. Peale died at the age of 95 years old.
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