Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE

Welcome to the LIVE WITH HAPPINESS web site.  We believe that Dr. Peale's timeless advice on dealing with the pressures all of us face daily can still help and heal.
DR. NORMAN VINCENT PEALE

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was a minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of the theory of "positive thinking" to help us deal with the inevitable pressures of life. Dr. Peale was born in Bowersville, Ohio, and earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology. He was raised as a Methodist and ordained as a Methodist minister in 1922, but in 1932 he changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 and began a 52-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Peale started a radio program, "The Art of Living," in 1935, which aired for 54 years. Under sponsorship of the National Council of Churches he moved into television when the new medium arrived. In the meantime he had begun to edit the magazine Guideposts and to write books. Peale was a prolific writer; The Power of Positive Thinking is by far his most widely read work. First published in 1952, it stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 186 consecutive weeks, and reportedly sold around 5 million copies. Some of his other popular works include The Art of Living, A Guide to Confident Living, The Tough-Minded Optimist, and Inspiring Messages for Daily Living. Dr. Peale was often controversial, but was praised as well: President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Peale, for his contributions to the field of theology, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor in the United States) on March 26, 1984. Upon hearing of Dr. Peale's death on Christmas Eve 1993, at age 95, U.S. President Bill Clinton said that: “The name of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale will forever be associated with the wondrously American values of optimism and service. Dr. Peale was an optimist who believed that, whatever the antagonisms and complexities of modern life brought us, anyone could prevail by approaching life with a simple sense of faith. And he served us by instilling that optimism in every Christian and every other person who came in contact with his writings or his hopeful soul. In a productive and giving life that spanned the 20th century, Dr. Peale lifted the spirits of millions and millions of people who were nourished and sustained by his example, his teaching, and his giving. While the Clinton family and all Americans mourn his loss, there is some poetry in his passing on a day when the world celebrates the birth of Christ, an idea that was central to Dr. Peale's message and Dr. Peale's work. He will be missed.” [Wikipedia]

In 1967-1971, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE radio program was produced as a work for hire -- they are good copyright in perpetuity under New York State law -- and distributed to radio stations across the United States by Hartwest Productions, Inc., now a sub-subsidiary of Films Around The World, Inc. (www.filmsaroundtheworld.com).The original master broadcast tapes and LP transcription discs have been digitally mastered and restored, and it is our pleasure to bring this radio series to you on this website. There are also links for you to purchase the CD albums with compilations of them, on the Mr. FAT-W Audio label. We are confident that you will agree with us that these unique sermonettes are as relevant, inspiring, and uplifting today, as they were when they were originally broadcast.

The player below has the "audition" recording that was sent by Hartwest to potential radio station licensees on 33 1/3 LPs about the size of a 45 disc -- we found a box with dozens of them, brand new. Dr. Peale himself introduces the series to you.  The pages on the right will take you to individual Mr. FAT-W Audio CDs of the series, and the dozen CD pages have players for three of the sermonettes on each CD.  If you like what you hear, you can find buy the CDs directly from Amazon through the links at the top of each page, or you can stream or download individual bands or complete CDs from Amazon, iTunes, the new Apple Music service, and about 200 other mobile sites. 

We know that you can listen to the series promo and sample sermonettes with a PC, but understand that there may be a problem with Macs, iPads, and iPhone.  We can only apologize.

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