Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and also an author of numerous bestselling books including his groundbreaking The Power of Positive Thinking. He was often known for his ‘positive thinking’ concept and some addressed him as the “father of positive thinking”.
Norman was a pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York. President Nixon was his friend and the now President Donald Trump attended his church while growing up. Norman was born in Ohio and he earned his degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology.
In 1922, Norman was ordained as a Methodist minister, and his church member quickly grew from 600 to over 5,000, making him one of the most famous preachers in New York City.
And in 1935, he started a radio program called The Art of Living that lasted for 54 years. The program was moved to television under the sponsorship by National Council of Churches. Norman also started to write and publish a few books, his best work, The Power of Positive Thinking, which first published in 1952 was the most successful, sold over 5 million copies, listed on the New York Times bestseller’s list for 186 consecutive weeks and also has been translated into over 15 languages. The book continues to sell even today.
Norman has also written several successful books including A Guide to Confident Living, Inspiring Messages for Daily Living, The Art of Living, and The Tough-Minded Optimist. Besides books, he also co-found a magazine named Guideposts. During the Great Depression, Norman teamed with James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney, Arthur Godfrey, and Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM to form 40Plus, an organization that helps the unemployed.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan awarded Norman the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was the highest civilian honor in the United States, for his contributions to the field of theology.