The Magic of Believing – Claude M Bristol
Born 1891, Claude M. Bristol served as a soldier in WW1 in France and Germany. He worked on the army newspaper, Stars and Stripes until 1919. His best known book is The Magic of Believing, published in 1948, which has sold well over a million copies, and is widely regarded as a prosperity classic. Having spent years thinking about the power of thought, he had assumed others knew something about it too. He was wrong. Strangely, he found that most people go through life without realising the effect that strong belief can have on reaching their goals – they leave their desires vague and so they get vague outcomes.
Bristol had learned the truth of philosopher William James’ statement that “Belief creates its verification in fact”. Just as fearful thoughts set you up to experience the situation you can’t stop thinking about (the Biblical Job said: ‘What I feared most had come upon me’), optimistic thoughts and expecting the best inevitably form favourable circumstances.
Bristol’s The Magic of Believing has inspired many people throughout the 50+ plus years since it was written, from all walks of life, from salespeople to performers, and from housewives to politicians. The book was about achieving goals through mental visualization, and using faith as a means of drawing the people, circumstances and opportunities together to make it happen.
I have included this book here as another classic in the art of living. Enjoy
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