One Simple Idea How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life From the millions strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T D Jakes to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to t

  • Title: One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life
  • Author: Mitch Horowitz
  • ISBN: 9780307986498
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the millions strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T D Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress reduction therapies, this idea to think positively isFrom the millions strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T D Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress reduction therapies, this idea to think positively is metaphysics morphed into mass belief This is the biography of that belief No one has yet written a serious and broad ranging treatment and history of the positive thinking movement Until now For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine, this psycho spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life Its roots are unseen and its long range impact is unacknowledged It is often considered a cotton candy theology for New Agers and self help junkies In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive thinking movement and introduces us to a number of colorful and dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, whose books and influence have touched the lives of tens of millions across the world.

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    1. This book fits in fairly well with my interest in the self-help phenomenon. Although with my melancholy and cynicism I tend more to the anti-self-help camp (as in Barbara Ehrenreich’s Bright-Sided and Promise Land by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro), I still appreciated Horowitz’s more straightforward history of positive thinking / New Thought in America – what he calls “our national creed.” As a believer, his basic assumption is that positive thinking is beneficial, or at least worth considering [...]

    2. I've always thought of myself as a positive kind of person. I wake up and look forward to a new day and the things that will come of it. Am I a millionaire? No, I am not. Am I in perfect physical shape and health? No I am not. Do I run a business and direct hundreds or thousands of people? No I do not. So according to ONE SIMPLE IDEA I not not engaging in positive thought or "New Thought" or at least I'm not doing it properly. But I'm happy and I can deal with what problems come my way. So, acco [...]

    3. I got really excited when the publisher contacted me to review this book--and I was not disappointed. This book is a well-researched, well-organized, and well-written exploration of positive thinking from it's roots in Christian Science to its modern-day impact on everything--medicine, politics, religion, business, self-help, and more. Horowitz even delves into quantum physics and the placebo effect, something my curious mind greatly appreciated. Most importantly, Horowitz answers the million-do [...]

    4. Arthur Goldwag wrote an excellent review of Horowitz's new book on RewireMe: In his new book One Simple Idea, How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life (Crown Publishing Group), Mitch Horowitz tells the fascinating story of the “loosely knit band of psychical researchers and religious philosophers, mental-healers and hypnotists, Mesmerists and Spiritualists, Unitarians and Transcendentalists, suffragists and free-love advocates, black liberationists and Christian socialists, animal-rights act [...]

    5. I truly enjoyed this very well researched book. I won this book on First-Read and I am so glad that I read it, as it connected a lot of dots that I have been thinking about in my own mind for a long time. It has seemed to me that many spiritual movements, books, etc. have simply repackaged the idea of using "positive thinking" over and over. Now that I have read Mitch Horowitz's book with a biography of Positive Thinking since the 1700, I see that this repackaging is far more extensive than I th [...]

    6. Very well written by a real expert in this field. Traces the history of positive thinking from Ben Franklin in Paris and even before, right up to the current over the top evangelism for bogus, in his opinion, Law of Attraction. Enjoyable to read, loaded with surprising facts (where the optimists creed originated, the importance of the lecture circuit, what's happening now with mass media, etc etc). I recommend this book to understand the spiritual not religious world and how it very much affects [...]

    7. Interesting overview of New Thought and it's propagation throughout history, in politics, medicine, business, AA, motivational speakers in business and our current belief systems.

    8. This was a well researched book. I enjoyed how it showed the emergence of the self help movement, and the evolution of it. I never really thought about the ties to the religion, especially the Christian Scientists. The book examined the pioneers and leaders in this field. I was very disappointed reading the anecdote about Napoleon Hill Maybe shocked is more appropriate. My image of him is really tarnished. I was interested to read the about the philosophical, political and business aspects of po [...]

    9. This was a great book! I loved it. I thought this was a great history of the positive thinking movement. It starts in the late 1800’s and follows the different ideas through to the present day. I recognized many of the people and authors Mitch talked about. I was introduced to many more throughout the book. As you continue through the book you see the philosophy change a bit here and there. Positive thinking has been offered as a means for physical healing and for spiritual growth. It is also [...]

    10. "One Simple Idea" relates the history of the positive-thinking movement, beginning with the ancient Greek philosophies of the mind to today's mega-chuch prosperity pastors and self-help best-sellers. Author Mitch Horowitz takes an easy to read approach that reminded me of an undergraduate thesis project, relaying each step in the history of the movement, from Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalists to Christian Science and New Thought to New Age spiritualism. While easy to read and intere [...]

    11. Disclaimer: I received this book from a First Reads giveaway.One Simple Idea is mostly a history lesson on the positive thinking movement in America. The first chapter is a good intro into the authors quest for truth in positive thinking. The middles chapters cover the history of the wide range of the pioneers of positive thinking. In the final chapter, the author sums up his view of the “One Big Idea”.The first chapter primes you well for wanting to learn more about the positive thinking m [...]

    12. In incredible history of one simple idea that lead to so much. The author starts w/ Christian Science leading to the New Thought movement and then traces its influence into Self-help, spiritual healing, psychology, Alcoholics Anonymous, prosperity gospel, Ronald Reagan, Robert Schuller, Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Psychocybernetics, Erich Fromm, Viktor E. Frankl. the Law of Attraction, the Secret, the return of tithing, Faith Ministries, Creflo Dollar, and much more.Christianity has [...]

    13. I enjoy learning about history, and I thought to read about the history of "positive thinking" would be interesting. It was.The book takes you from the time that positive thinking was used as an alternative to medical practices though the 21st century where much of the focus is on how you can be a success in your life. In between you get to learn about people who are fascinating, as well as people who are not. It describes how it evolved into an alternative, along with the corresponding results, [...]

    14. I've been waiting a long time for a book like this, a cultural/social history of the New Thought/positive thinking movement that's written by somebody who's engaged with the subject and passionate about it. A few other histories of positive thinking I've tried were either dry academic dissertation-like books that I couldn't connect with or else smugly sarcastic and curmudgeonly works that assumed the subject was to be dismissed on the face of it probably due to the writers' own unexamined worldv [...]

    15. I receive a free copy of One Simply Idea through a Giveaway.In one word, this book is fascinating. The book is well written and researched, too. The history of positive thinking is also the history of American life for the last 150 years. Reading this book, you’ll see the connection between the growth of Christian Science in relation and response to horrific medical practices, the movement from positive thinking for health to positive thinking for wealth, and how it fits in and shapes the bel [...]

    16. This sometimes tedious book--(reporting details about people's lives wasn't always relevant and sometimes smacked of gossip)--was most valuable to me in the historical context Horowitz created for many of the authors and books I'd already read re' New Thought philosophy. It also was helpful in distinguishing New Thought from, say, Christian Science. Didn't learn anything new about New Thought or the role of positive thinking in metaphysics, and I enjoyed a chuckle in the last chapter when variou [...]

    17. I received a pre-publication copy of this book as a give-away. Mitch Horowitz researches the history of the positive thinking movement as it evolved from the New Thought movement to the present. He is sympathetic to the idea that positive thinking can affect real change but not uncritical towards the excesses of some of the leaders or blind to the weaknesses in logic they hold. I found especially interesting how a school of thought that began with many women practitioners interested in healing [...]

    18. Read as last 2014 book for cultural narratives book club. An intriguing historical account of the rise & influence of New Thought/Positive Thinking in American culture. Horowitz traces Positive Thought from its origins in the philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg and Ralph Waldo Emerson, development in Christian Science, and popularization in religious, business, & politics with Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, Anthony Robbins, Ronald Reagan. Horowitz provides not only a critique, but an [...]

    19. Thorough and well-researched, nicely written, my only complaint was one of execution. I expected a common conceptual thread to emerge throughout the book (to aid in my understanding of these various metaphysical philosophies), but it never did for me. It provided a good history of the individuals who influenced these thoughts, but in the end I don't feel I really got a cohesive understanding of the "idea" behind all these philosophies. Besides some facts (names, dates etc), I didn't end the book [...]

    20. He's done it again. Mitch Horowitz has delivered an incredible evenhanded look at positive thinking since its humble beginnings to its present manifestations. He talks about all of the successes and shortcomings of the various thought movements. He's careful to not leave any stone unturned. He exposes whenever positive thinking was used in a manipulative or perhaps blindsided way, and talks about the tremendous potential the movement still holds for us today if we handle it rightly. The book cap [...]

    21. I won this book on . I am only giving it 4 stars because it took me so long to read it. I had to put it down and digest phrases and ideas frequently. It is not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it. I will read it again in a few months because I believe the ideas warrant another follow up of thought. I am also planning on loaning it to my mother-in-law who I think will like it.It was fairly easy to read but yes, deep in it's context- especially the later third of the book.I recommend this book [...]

    22. A thorough history of how we got to the "positive" thinking state that we have today. Our country was settled by folks with a sterner mentality and our culture has changed from that time. From early adherents, through the Christian Science movement to all those TV ministers telling us to think positive and we can do anything. Horowitz is careful about his quotes and he has an excellent section of notes for his sources. He is an excellent writer and details things that clearly make his points. I [...]

    23. The art of thinking positively has become an integral part of American Culture. One Simple Idea traces the movements roots throughout history. Readers are given an intimate and comprehensive look at the different movers and shakers who helped to ensure positive thinking would be successful in America. I had no idea how old the movement was or all the different flavors that we have seen. I only wish that the chapters had been smaller or it was organized in an easier to digest format. There was so [...]

    24. This book can best be used as an outline of the American Positive Thinking Movement. Most of the major players are mentioned, such as Mesmer, Quimby, Eddy, Holmes, Peale, Carnegie, Hill, as well as their religious counterparts, Kenyon, Roberts, Schuller, etc. Further critical study of any of the personalities mentioned here should be sought out elsewhere. To be fair, Mr. Horowitz admits upfront that he is a student of the mind sciences catalogued in his book. That being said, it seems like any m [...]

    25. This is a surprisingly good history of the Positive Thought movement that ultimately gave us Norman Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie, not to mention figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Wayne Dyer. The history begins in the 1800s with Mary Baker Eddy and shows the development of thoughts that lead to their contemporary development which includes a lengthy discussion of understanding President Ronald Reagan. I wouldn't say this was an academic book, though it does cite sources. It is an easy and plea [...]

    26. Very interesting book. It certainly is a one of a kind book that gives a great behind the scenes historical account of the whole movement of positive thinking as we know it today. The book recounts the historical intertwining of politics, religion and cultural influences that combined make up the positive psychology movement. While, I found the book to have fascinating information, I also found it to be a bit dry. A lot of interesting information, but almost too much at times. Overall, I really [...]

    27. I started off liking this book (I requested an e-galley from NetGalley because of an interesting excerpt I read on a blog) - as an interesting history of the positive thought movement. The middle third got a bit muddled, with a series of short biographies of major players, and then a chapter about Reagan that was probably relevant but I didn't feel the relevance was made clear. The last third of the book, evaluating the efficacy of positive thought, was again interesting, but riddled with anecdo [...]

    28. A compelling survey of the history of positive thought movements, but nothing that digs too deep. Worth a read if you're curious, but you might do better researching on your own. The criticism of new thought and new age spirituality feels forced and rudimentary. Overall, I'd recommend it to someone who's been intrigued by ideas like the law of attraction or christian prosperity ideas, and would like to know where these ideas come from. Certainly not a new age book itself, though, so if that scar [...]

    29. A sympathetic yet critical history of this popular and pervasive American philosophy - whether called positive thinking, New Thought, the law of attraction, or the prosperity gospel - from its roots in the early 1800s to today. It includes some discussion of Christian Science as well. It brings out the problems and limitations of this line of thought, as well as its positive potentials, and how it has changed over the years from a spiritual philosophy of healing, personal development and social [...]

    30. A Brief History of Positive Thinking, by Quimby and Mesmer up to the present day with Anthony Robbins and Rhonda Byrne. Interestingly, although sometimes the author could have been more concise.Breve storia del pensiero positivo, da Quimby e Mesmer fino ai giorni d'oggi con Anthony Robbins e Rhonda Byrne. Interessante, anche se alcune volte l'autore avrebbe potuto essere piú concisoANKS TO NETGALLEY AND CROWN PUBLISHING FOR THE PREVIEW!

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