Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s “LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE” Radio Series

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”.

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]

Norman Vincent Peale’s LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE was produced and distributed to radio stations across the United States by Hartwest Productions, Inc. in 1967-1971. The original  master tapes have been digitally mastered and restored. We are confident that you will agree with us that the concise verbal essays in this collection by Dr. Peale and his wife Ruth, are as relevant, inspiring, and uplifting today, as they were when they were originally broadcast. 

The audio player below contains the original promotional recording that was used by Hartwest to introduce potential radio station licensees to the series.  It came from a box with dozens of brand-new 33 1/3 rpm LP “audition” records that are about the size of a conventional 45 rpm records we found in storage.

Norman Vincent Peale’s LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE launched on the  Mr. FAT-W Audio label, in April, 2013.  There are currently twelve CDs available, they and the contents are listed below the links to Amazon to purchase the CDs.  Another six CDs will be available in the Fall of 2014.

We also have a website dedicated entirely to this radio series; it has all of the information on this page, plus samples of dozens of Dr. Peale’s sermonettes, culled from the CDs listed below.
The site is  www.nvpealelivewithconfidence.com.