Power of Thought: ‘As A Man Thinketh’ by James Allen

As a Man Thinketh


A long-standing classic in the field of self-help, this book is a must read for anyone interested in bettering themselves.

The human mind is more powerful than most people know and this book provides readers with a major key in teaching us how to use it properly.

Thoughts are what truly control your life, and this book can well be considered a kind of “owner’s manual” for the mind.

The teachings are simple but powerful. Chapters include Thought and Character, Effect of Thought on Circumstances, Effect of Thought on Health and the Body, Thought and Purpose, The Thought-Factor in Achievement, Visions and Ideals, and Serenity.

My Review

Mind over matter is never more apparent than James Allen’s delightful words which is contained in this book.  Allen, who was probably the first self-help guru to address the human mind, eloquently expresses powerful instruction on how we can better ourselves towards virtue if we choose to master our thoughts.

Allen’s words are more poetic than formal, and whilst reading you can’t help but be  mesmerised by his rhetoric rather than taking note on how to apply it to your own mind – which defeats the purpose the book is trying to achieve.

However, this is a short book which can be read in under an hour, so it is far from heavy reading, and can be easily dipped into whenever you feel the need for some inspiration.  But I suggest you take your time and savor the wisdom and teachings it contains, as you will learn something new with every perusal.

Rating out of 5 stars: StarStarStarStar



  1. Socrates says:

    Thank you for the recommendation, my friend. I just may have to take a look at this book, as I am always on the lookout for a good read. The power of the human mind never ceases to amaze…

  2. Mr Blobby says:

    The title looks familiar, but don’t recognize the author’s name…

    How about posting a poem… paragraph… or chapter – so we can at least get a taste of what this work is about.

    Thanks: :)o

    Ps If you add some proper emoticons – i will be able to express a proper smile!

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    You may want to have a look at ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius also – filled with empowering and self-reflective wisdom.

    Click here to read my review of Meditations

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Look out for another post on Allen Monday!

  5. Mr Blobby says:

    Cheers – a most inspiring man, indeed…

    Gordon Hall (Advocate For Commercial redemptiom) states that James Allen’s book: As A Man Thinketh… is probably the most important & informing book we could read, alongside the Bible!

  6. Mack Payne says:

    Thank you for spotlighting James Allen’s great book As A Man Thinketh. It can definitely make a difference in your life.

  7. Jason Cooper says:

    @Mack, No problem, my friend. James’ inspirational words can definitely make a big difference in your life – that’s if you learn to apply his teachings towards virtuous thoughts and, eventually, self-mastery.