Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Biography
(Author and Clergyman Known for His Best-Selling Book ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’)
Birthday: May 31, 1898 (Gemini)
Born In: Bowersville, Ohio, United States
Norman Vincent Peale was an American pastor and writer who garnered fame for his advocacy of the controversial concept of positive thinking, particularly through his best-selling book ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’. He was the minister of Marble Collegiate Church, New York, between 1932 and 1984, guiding a Reformed Church in America congregation. Originally from Ohio, Peale grew up a Methodist and became a Methodist preacher in 1922. A decade later, he converted to the Reformed Church in America and started his 52-year-long tenure as the pastor of Marble Collegiate Church. Peale set up a religio-psychiatric outpatient clinic beside his church along with psychoanalyst Smiley Blanton. In 1940, they put out the book ‘Faith Is the Answer: A Psychiatrist and a Pastor Discuss Your Problems’. In time, the centre grew exponentially and became the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry. He also hosted religious TV and radio programs. Former US President Richard Nixon was a good friend of Peale. Current President Donald Trump was raised as part of Peale’s church and had his first wedding there. Peale’s views are highly criticised, by both church figures and people from the psychiatric profession.