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Shvoong Home>Books>How To & Self Help>Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm Review

Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm

Book Review   by:ArwaSaifi     Original Author: Norman Vincent Peale
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What do you want beyond all else? LIFE, of course and not merely existence or the physical ability to breathe and function. All of us desire a particular quality of life, a combination of interest, zest, excitement, achievement, satisfaction and peace of mind. Indeed, we want to enjoy the world and the society of other people. Every individual desires to experience beauty and the highest emotions and to possess the energy necessary to meet daily responsibilities. Our hope is to live on a high level of physical strength, mental interest and spiritual meaning. Through this book you will discover, that to enjoy life of this superior quality, joy and enthusiasm are the most important factors in the total process. Joy and enthusiasm are the two qualities that are the basic ingredients for a good life. By ‘good life’, I mean one that is intensely interesting and extremely exciting. It is a life that is full of meaning and rich in satisfaction. Such a life is not free of difficulties or problems; of course not. But it does possess the power to overcome them and to attain victorious levels of experience.

In this book, therefore, the author presents his personal treasury of joy and enthusiasm. These are incidents from thought, experience and literature, drawn from many sources, which have contributed to his personal joy and enthusiasm. His purpose in assembling this material is that it may be for pleasure and value to each one of you and it will also aid in developing and maintaining a positive attitude towards life. The author strongly feels that people who consistently live by the ‘joy and enthusiasm’ pattern of thinking, seem to achieve a remarkable mastery over circumstances.

Quotations and short poems are also included in this book. Two of my favourite quotes are mentioned below:

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Circumstances and situations do colour life, but you have been given the mind to choose what the colour shall be!” - John Homer Miller

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age… never lose your enthusiasm!” - Thomas Huxley

Norman Vincent Peale is the most widely read inspirational writer of our time and this book too is a must read.

Published: September 24, 2012   
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