As A Man Thinketh: Two Great Classic Editions (Paperback)
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Two Great Classics... "As A Man Thinketh" and "The Way of Peace" were both classic books authored by James Allen which later became popular for their self-help applied principles in controlling ones thoughts. "As a Man Thinketh" is a literary essay of James Allen, published in 1902. The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." The full passage, taken from the King James Version, is as follows: "Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words." The passage seems to suggest that one should consider the true motivations of a person who is being uncharacteristically generous before accepting his generosity - while in the title and content of James Allen's work the passage is in a different context; In the Bible the passage is referring to another person, and in James Allen's work the passage is adopted to primarily refer to the reader himself. Although James Allen is more widely known for his "As a Man Thinketh", it is the lesser known "The Way of Peace" (1907) which reflects more accurately his New Thought Movement affiliations, referencing as it does Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.
About the Author
James Allen, (1864 -1912) was a philosophical writer and known for his inspirational books and poetry. Allen left school as a teenager shortly after his father, a businessman, was murdered in a robbery. James was just 15 years old when he went to work full-time in several manufacturing firms to help support the family. He later became an executive secretary for a large company only deciding to retire at the young age of 38, when he moved his family to a small cottage in Ilfracome, Devon, England.