Very thought provoking, but I am unsure of the biblical truth behind it I would say however that Mr Allen s ideas are correct, but the results may not be as certain as he suggests The language is old fashioned and there are modern publications that have a similar message. This book written many years ago by james Allen has fundamental concepts that help us understand the importance our thought life as spoken about in the book of proverbs in the bible As a man thinks in in heart so is he not just in his mind but in his heart the two are inseperable ,this book is not partcularly rooted much in the scriptures or of God ,but the infurance is there.Many teachings on the thought life have been taken for this particular way of thinking about things.Even though it does not mention the holy spirit or God as such,i believe any change in our hearts or thought life need to be a work of Gods grace in us.Very easy to read and can be read through in a fairly short time.its the kind of reading you may be drawn to read than once,very good. I ve read this a few times and will read it often in the future It s a short, simple read that s written poetically and has a lot of great things to say, which stick with you and make you think I d say it s even been helpful than some self help books that I ve read which are hundreds of pages long This books is only around 40 pages. This is nothing like the original writing I have deep respect for the man James Allen, but this nothing like his writing It seems like someone tried to rewrite his work swapping words to avoid copyrights and created senseless phrases I gave one star because I couldn t leave it blank.I know it doesn t cost much, however this is a waste of time than waste of money. This is a classic Easy to read in an hour or two and so rich with timeless and priceless information I ve learned simple principles that are so easy to miss or forget as a person goes through life Highly recommended This was a gift for someone I have found this book very helpful for shifting my attitude and beliefs, and highly recommend it The writing style is a little old fashioned, and you need to tune in to the way things were worded back then, then the message is clear It can be life changing for anyone willing to do as the author says As a man thinketh is a wonderful small sized addition to any person s library James Allen has a brilliantly simplistic style of writing, showing the reader that it is every one s own responsibility for how their garden grows if we weed out the useless thoughts and replace them with seeds of potential or we sit back and whine about our unfortunate life, it our own doing I personally like this book for its small size, being able to re read it occasionally It is likely to be the most useful reminder of our personal responsibility in life, highly recommended to all readers As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay of James Allen, the title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs chapterverse , As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self help movement, he was born in Leicester, England, into a working class family, Allen was the elder of two brothers His mother could neither read nor write while his father, William, was a factory knitterIn , Allen published his third and most famous book As a Man Thinketh Men do not attract what they want, but what they are A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts Cherish your visions Cherish your ideals Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears It reaches the height of its cherished aspirations It falls to the level of its unchastened desires and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself You cannot travel within and stand still without As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts, can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking Every man is where he is by the law of his being the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err