While I have a whole stack of books in my study just waiting to be reviewed, for some reason I cannot let this little book wait. I picked up As a Man Thinketh in good faith, hoping that it would be the classic that so many have claimed it to be, yet still I was shocked by how mistaken I was.
A book discussing how one’s thoughts ultimately dictate his actions is absolutely appealing, don’t get me wrong. This is what attracted me to it in the first place. That his title stems from the words of Christ attracted me even more. Yet as I delved into his miniature chapters and became entangled in his philosophical prose, I was shocked to find that, far from being a work of Christian inspiration, this book is really nothing more than a humanist manifesto. “You are the Master of Your Fate” is a more worthy title, here, and “Everyone is Jesus” could be its sub. Hundreds of false religions have hi-jacked Christ in the past, but no author that I have read has ever done it so shamelessly as James Allen. His book is littered with quotes of Christ–though only someone familiar with Scripture would notice, since Allen attributes nothing to the Lord–and each is twisted toward the deification of man.
I was excited about this “Revell Inspirational Classic” until I began reading, and now I am just a little bit ill. Read it if you enjoy magnifying yourself. Avoid it if you have God.