Norman Vincent Peale

Most Influential Person

American writer and minister

Why Is Norman Vincent Peale Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Norman Vincent Peale was an American Protestant clergyman, and an author best known for popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking . He served as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, from 1932, leading this Reformed Church in America congregation for more than a half century until his retirement in 1984. Alongside his pulpit ministry, he had an extensive career of writing and editing, and radio and television presentations. Despite arguing at times against involvement of clergy in politics, he nevertheless had some controversial affiliations with politically active organizations in the late 1930s, and engaged with national political candidates and their campaigns, having influence on some, including a personal friendship with President Richard Nixon. Following the publication of his 1952 best seller, his ideas became the focus of pointed criticism from both psychiatric professionals and church theologians and leaders. Peale was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, on March 26, 1984, by President Ronald Reagan. He died at age 95, following a stroke, on December 24, 1993 in Pawling, New York. He was survived by Ruth Stafford, his wife of 63 years, who had influenced him with regard to the publication of The Power in 1952, and with whom he had founded Guideposts in 1945; Ruth passed away on February 6, 2008, at the age of 101.

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What Are Norman Vincent Peale's Academic Contributions?

Norman Vincent Peale is most known for their academic work in the field of psychology. They are also known for their academic work in the fields of and literature.

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