As a Man Thinketh

Book Review

I was asked earlier this week what my favorite book was.  It took me a few seconds to answer because I’ve read a decent number of books over the years.

As a Man Thinketh

But after some serious consideration, and sputtering out two or three titles, I ultimately settled on ‘As a Man Thinketh’.

No other book has helped me to realize the power we wield to design and mold our lives to our making, than this book. So, considering how impactful this book has been on helping me improve my life, I decided a book review must be done on it.

So, here we go.

As a Man Thinketh

Now ‘As a Man Thinketh’ is by no means a new book.  In fact, the book was originally published in 1903.  But the age of the book is irrelevant, especially when one considers the value that can be extracted from the proper application of the many admonishments set forth within its pages.

The Author, James Allen also wrote 19 other books, but this book is the book that he has become most well known for.  As such, this book was James Allen’s ultimate legacy.

‘As a Man Thinketh’ is a very short book.  In fact, it is more a literary essay than a book.  However, don’t let the size of the book fool you.  I would venture to say that this is one of those few books where the potential impact it can have on your life is inversely related to the volume of pages contained within in it.

Some books have many pages, but say little, while others have few pages, but say much.  This books is one of the few that fall within the latter.

The Hook

So why does this book pack such a punch?  Well, for starters, each sentence portrays a strong air of authority and gravitas to it.  You can tell, that what the author is communicating is something that he deeply believes.  His message is seemingly matter of fact and suggestive in nature.

Now, whether the audience believes his statements as fact or not, remains for the audience to decide.  But that is where the potential for life change resides within this book.  It’s as if the author wants us to test out his ideas for ourselves, and when we take up the challenge, that is when we come to realize the efficacy behind his wise suggestions.

The Message

If this book has one point to make, it can be summed up in the following quote by James Allen, which is this: “They themselves are makers of themselves.” – James Allen

“They themselves are makers of themselves.”


Top 10 Highlights

As I’ve gone through this book over the years, I’ve outlined and highlighted many sections of the book.  And every now and then, I would do more than highlight sections I found extra valuable and useful.  For those extra special sections I would add an asterix next to them.

So to give you some immediate value in reading this review, I am going to share those sections with you that I’ve enjoyed the most.

Here they are, my top 10 James Allen passages:


I’ve personally read this book so many times I’ve lost count.  These days the book has become a resource to study, and something to come back to from time to time be reminded that I am responsible for my own happiness, my own circumstances, and the outcomes I continue to get in both life and business.

It is a sobering message, but it’s one that has only lead to increasing good in my life.

If you’ve never read James Allen’s book, ‘As a Man Thinketh’ before, perhaps now is the time.  You can purchase a book for almost nothing at Amazon, or get yourself a generic txt copy from Project Gutenberg, or get a free ebook version sent straight to your inbox.

Whichever mode you choose, you can’t go wrong. Happy reading!

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4 thoughts on “As a Man Thinketh

  1. I’m not surprised at all that you’ve read this book countless times. So have I, and it’s packed with wisdom. So small, yet so powerful. Highly recommend it to everyone.

    My personal favorite quote (though there are many!) is probably this one:

    “Years later we see this youth as a full-grown man. We find him a master of certain forces of the mind, which he wields with worldwide influence and almost unequalled power. In his hands he holds the cords of gigantic responsibilities; he speaks, and lo, lives are changed; men and women hang upon his words and remould their characters, and, sunlike, he becomes the fixed and luminous center round which innumerable destinies revolve. He has realized the Vision of his youth. He has become one with his Ideal.”

    Keep it up, Nate!