Thursday, November 7, 2013

Norman Vincent Peale's Legacy of Faith

As part of Anita Mae Draper's release week, it seems more than appropriate to give a nod to her publishing house, Guideposts Books, and to examine the rich legacy of faith left by the company's founder, Norman Vincent Peale.
“I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord's hands.
(Click to Tweet)  There is no harm in the Lord's hands, only good. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord's hands it is the Lord's will and it is good.” ― Norman Vincent PealeThe Power Of Positive Thinking 
Norman Vincent Peale
and Ruth Stafford Peale
Norman Vincent Peale was born in Ohio in 1898. In his younger years he delivered newspapers, sold pots and pans, worked in a grocery store, and as a reporter. And then he found his calling. He pastored multiple churches in the northeast, and eventually became the pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City in 1932. From 1932 to 1984 the church grew from 600 to 5,000 members.

Peale took a different approach to his sermons, leaving aside the hellfire and brimstone style preaching of many of his peers in favor of emphasizing a positive approach to modern living by applying the principles of Christianity. He is credited as being the first to meld modern psychology with theology.

His simple, positive sermons became widely known, broadcast on his radio program titled "The Art of Living" for 54 years, and mailed to more than 750,000 subscribers weekly. Over the ensuing decades of ministry, Peale penned more than 40 books, including the wildly popular The Power of Positive Thinking, which has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

In 1945 Peale and his wife Ruth founded the Guideposts organization, which has since expanded to include the publication of two magazines, the distribution of millions of complimentary publications distributed worldwide, a prayer ministry, online devotions, and books and ebooks, all designed to encourage, to edify, and to inspire others. Peale passed away on December 24, 1993 at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy of faith and hope and encouragement that continues to bless people around the world by the millions.

Throughout his life and through his works, Peale personified Paul's command to the church at Rome:
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. 
Rom 14:19-20 NKJV
We would do well to follow his example. 

“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” 
― Norman Vincent Peale
To celebrate her new release (available HERE), Anita is offering a special giveaway this week of the two volume set of hardcover books that includes "Riding on a Christmas Wish" and a $10 Starbucks gift card. Leave a comment below to enter. We'll pick the winner on Sunday evening, November 10.


  1. Guideposts is such a kind and gentle publication. I think the world needs more! Thank you, Niki for the reminder of Dr.Peale's life and legacy.

    Blessings to All you Inkies, too!!!

  2. Very cool, Niki. I didn't know this. They are a wonderful company. Hi Cheryl!

    1. I've had quotes from Peale all over my house at times, but never knew who he actually was or what he did. I think it's so neat that Anita can really be proud of her publisher!

    2. Niki, you are so right - I am very proud to be a Guideposts author, although I admit, I didn't know much about them until I was presented this wonderful opportunity.

  3. Hi Cheryl! I was very impressed by everything the organization is still doing today. It's a reminder that one person with a message can still create change for good! Thanks for visiting!

  4. Niki, thank you so very much for this post. I've been learning all I can about Guideposts in the past few months, but I didn't dig deep enough to discover the man behind it all. No wonder the organization has lasted so long when you see the foundation behind it.

    1. He definitely set an example, and such an incredible legacy to follow!

  5. Love Norman Vincent Peale! Grew up on his stuff. What a godly man. And very glad to be in the GB A Cup of Christmas Cheer with you, too, Anita!!! Nice post!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carrie! I agree, what a godly man.

  6. Thanks, Niki. I learned something new today.

    And Anita, congratulations (again)!

  7. Me too. I had no idea of the connection! I'll be looking through the week's comments on Sunday afternoon and choosing the winner for Anita's two giveaways - one, the set of books, second is the gift card. It's been a great week!

  8. these books sound wonderful ... thanks for the chance to read them :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com


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