I just can’t put this book down! Most famous today for his work As A Man Thinketh, this was actually the book that brought James Allen popularity in his day and the financial independence to write full-time. I’m loving all of it but Chapter 5 is my favorite!

the path of prosperity While with all of Allen’s books, the power of thought is the central idea, in this work Allen goes into more detail about what it means to be prosperous, in every sense of the word. He does not consider the individual truly successful or happy who does not have health, quality relationships, a peaceful heart and a meaningful life purpose. His engaging poetic style and the depth of his ideas make this book one that can be returned to over and over again for continued enlightenment and understanding.

Watch: James Allen author bio; Book Review of As a Man Thinketh

Link to the reading: PDF to download; Audiobook

Other recommended readings by James Allen: As a Man Thinketh; The Heavenly Life; The Way of Peace

Reading Tip of the Month: Track themes in your book or in a notebook. As you read, find those dominant themes that Allen brings up again and again and write them in the back of your book. Then write page numbers next to those passages that most thorough describe the theme or which most resonate with you.

Principle Focus of the Month: Look for all the aspects of thought–where does it originate? how is it a choice? how can we can control our thoughts? what power do thoughts have? how does controlling our thoughts help us control our lives? are thoughts enough?

Discussion Questions:

  1. If thought is so powerful, why don’t more people control their thoughts?
  2. What is so difficult about controlling your thoughts?
  3. How are emotion and thought connected?
  4. How can you know when you’re successfully mastering your thoughts?
  5. What results should you be looking for when you work on your thoughts?
  6. How long does it take to change thought patterns?

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  2. Author

    I just have to start off this discussion by saying that I’m not a big fan of some of the modern self-help books and culture. I feel like there’s a lot of “hocus pocus” just think the right thoughts and your life will be perfect stuff. The reason I like this book is because Allen keeps talking about how you have to act–that thoughts matter but only as you act on them. I also love how he attacks certain common things people say that are just ultimately excuses and argues against them so clearly and diplomatically. I’ve also been impressed with how this book is not all about wealth. He truly wants you to prosper and he talks about the importance of being a whole person and being healthy in many areas, not just having a lot of money.
    So get reading and give me your reactions!

  3. Pamela

    This quote from the book really stuck out to me & I’ve been thinking about it ever since I first read it:
    “If circumstances had the power to bless or harm, they would bless & harm all men alike, but the fact that the same circumstances will be alike good & bad to different souls proves that the good or bad is not in the circumstance, but only in the mind of him that encounters it.”

    Today I was reading an article about someone who grew up in very poor conditions, his parents divorced, his mother suffered from mental illness & they had to rely on welfare for food. Despite that, they worked hard & rose above their circumstances; many of the siblings going on to become doctors. In the article he was quoted saying: “I saw what I didn’t want my life to be & decided I would do everything I could to make my life what I wanted it to be,” “The idea that all poor or disadvantaged are destined for trouble — I dispute that.”

    There are many, many examples of people who are determined to work hard & make their life better no matter what circumstances they are born into or later find themselves. There are also examples of people who choose to give up & stay where they are.

    “Right thoughts & right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.”

    “The foolish wish & grumble; the wise, work & wait.”

    1. Author

      I thought a lot about that quote too. In my own life, my father died when I was 16 and it’s been fascinating to watch how some of us turned that event into a good circumstance and others let their lives be wrecked by it. It’s hard to swallow sometimes but it’s so true.

    1. Author

      Pamela! Sorry I haven’t been here discussing with you. I think one of the themes that intrigued me so much in this reading was evil. He makes some statements about what evil is that really made me think. And he called certain emotions–anger, jealousy, covetousness and others ‘evil.’ Really made me think! And I can see what he means. I also loved the theme of prosperity itself. He defines it in a way that is so clear and not focused on what we usually mean by prosperity. Made me feel like I’m pretty successful in some areas of my life :). But then he left me with a lot to work on! What themes did you find?

      1. Pamela

        I noticed that too! He talked about evil in a way that I most think of as trials, hardships, or difficult times. I can see how negative thoughts & emotions can be considered evil as well because they have the most damaging effect on us & can do more harm to our personal well-being, our health, & our relationships than anything else. Some of the themes I found were: self-government, power of thought, power over circumstances, improving your inner life improves your outer life, make the best of what you have (I wasn’t sure how to describe some themes in just one word 🙂 ), rise above your situation, conquer bad thoughts/self-control, virtue, service/unselfishness, work, replacing anxiety with calmness, happiness. He also speaks very strongly about faith. I have most of those pages highlighted because I loved what he said! I have always loved meaningful quotes & there are so many in this book. I really enjoyed it & keep going back to read over & over again!

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