Norman Vincent Peale

The Works of Norman Vincent Peale

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” —Norman Vincent Peale


  • The Art of Living (essays), Abingdon (Nashville), 1937, new edition published as The New Art of Living, World’s Work, 1975.
  • You Can Win (essays), Abingdon, 1939.
  • (With Dr. Smiley Blanton) Faith Is the Answer: A Psychiatrist and a Pastor Discuss Your Problems, Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1940, enlarged and revised edition, Guideposts, 1955.
  • A Guide to Confident Living, Prentice-Hall, 1948.
  • (With Blanton) The Art of Real Happiness, Prentice-Hall, 1950, revised edition, Fawcett, 1976.
  • The Power of Positive Thinking, Prentice-Hall, 1952, abridged edition published as The Power of Positive Thinking for Young People, Prentice-Hall, 1954.
  • (Author of introduction) Guideposts editors, What Prayer Can Do, Doubleday, 1953.
  • Inspiring Messages for Daily Living, Prentice-Hall, 1955.
  • Stay Alive All Your Life, Prentice-Hall, 1957.
  • The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking, Prentice-Hall, 1959.
  • (Author of foreword) Blanton, The Healing Power of Poetry, Crowell, 1960.
  • The Tough-Minded Optimist, Prentice-Hall, 1961, revised edition published as Positive Thinking for a Time like This, 1975.
  • Adventures in the Holy Land, Prentice-Hall, 1963.
  • Sin, Sex and Self-Control, Doubleday, 1965.
  • Jesus of Nazareth: A Dramatic Interpretation of His Life from Bethlehem to Calvary, Prentice-Hall, 1966.
  • The Healing of Sorrow, Doubleday, 1966.
  • Enthusiasm Makes the Difference, Prentice-Hall, 1967.
  • Norman Vincent Peale’s Treasury of Courage and Confidence (anthology), Doubleday, 1970.
  • You Can if You Think You Can, Prentice-Hall, 1974.
  • The Positive Principle Today: How to Renew and Sustain the Power of Positive Thinking, Prentice-Hall, 1976.
  • The Positive Power of Jesus Christ, Tyndale, 1980.
  • Positive Imaging, Revell, 1981.
  • Norman Vincent Peale’s Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm, Revell, 1981.
  • The True Joy of Positive Living (autobiography), Morrow, 1984.
  • Have a Great Day, Revell, 1984.
  • Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results, Revell, 1986.
  • Power of the Plus Factor, Revell, 1987.
  • (With Ken Blanchard) The Power of Ethical Management, Revell, 1988.
  • The American Character, Tyndale, 1988.
  • How to Be Your Best: A Treasury of Practical Ideas (originally published in Plus: The Magazine of Positive Thinking), Foundation for Christian Living, 1990, also published as Reaching Your Potential, Revell, 1990.
  • Think like a Winner, Tyndale, 1990.
  • This Incredible Century, Tyndale, 1991.
  • (With Donald T. Kauffman) Bible Power for Successful Living: Helping You Solve Everyday Problems, Revell, 1993.
  • Positive Thinking Everyday: An Inspiration for Each Day of the Year, Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • In God We Trust: A Positive Faith for Troubled Times, Peale Center for Christian Living, 1994.
  • My Favorite Hymns and the Stories behind Them, HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.
  • (With others) To Father, with Love: Wisdom from Guideposts, Dimensions for Living, 1995.
  • The Power of Positive Living, Fawcett Columbine, 1996.
  • Life Beyond Death, Zondervan Pub. House, 1996.
  • A New Collection of Three Complete Books, Wings Books, 1996.
  • Reaching Your Potential, Wings Books, 1997.
  • Positive Thinking Bible: Contemporary English Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998.
  • Positive Principle Today, Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2003.Also author of newspaper columns “Confident Living” and “Positive Thinking.” Co-author with wife, Ruth Stafford Peale, of syndicated column, “There’s an Answer.” Contributor to periodicals, including Christian Herald, Readers Digest, and Look. Publisher and editor-in-chief, Guideposts magazine, New York City, 1945-93; publisher with wife, Ruth Stafford Peale, of PLUS: The Magazine for Positive Thinking.Children’s Books
    • The Coming of the King, Prentice-Hall, 1956.
    • He Was a Child, Prentice-Hall, 1957.
    • Bible Stories, F. Watts, 1973.
    • The Story of Jesus, Gibson, 1976.


    • Guideposts: Personal Messages of Inspiration and Faith, Prentice-Hall, 1948.
    • The Guideposts Anthology, Guideposts, 1953.
    • Faith Made Them Champions, Guideposts, 1954.
    • Sermon on the Mount, engravings by John de Pol, World, 1955.
    • Unlock Your Faith-Power, Guideposts, 1957.
    • Guideposts to a Stronger Faith, Guideposts, 1959.
    • My Favorite Quotations, Harper, 1990.
    • My Christmas Treasury, HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
    • My Inspirational Favorites, HarperSanFrancisco, 1992.
    • My Favorite Prayers, HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.
    • My Favorite Bible Passages, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.

    Also editor of several volumes of testimonials from Guideposts magazine.

    Media Adaptations: Excerpts of The Power of Positive Thinking were recorded for RCA Victor in 1953; a film, One Man’s Way, based on Peale’s life and work, was produced in 1963.

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