Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Classic of the Month: The Wallace D. Wattles Trilogy

 "The object of all life is development; and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining." 
- Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich
Continuing our focus on self-help books for January, our Classic of the Month is the Wallace D. Wattles Trilogy: The Science of Being Well, The Science of Getting Rich & The Science of Being Great. We are pleased to offer the authors' most significant works together in one attractive hardcover or paperback book.

Wattles' titles might have somewhat grandiose titles, but he knew what he was talking about: it is said that Wattles practiced everything he preached in Being Well, Getting Rich, and Being Great--accomplishing all three in his short lifetime.

Wattles was a respected contributor to the New Thought movement, which argued that divinity dwells in each person, that people must love themselves and one another, and that our mental state directly effects our experience of daily life. Wattles believed in and practiced creative visualization, the process of forming a mental image of your goals and working toward the realization of that vision.

Rhonda Byrne, author of the hugely popular bestseller The Secret, has cited Wattles' The Science of Getting Rich as the inspiration for her work. In this first volume in the trilogy, Wattles outlines straightforward ways to overcome the mental barriers that keep us from success, and how the "use of the will" can yield positive outcomes and monetary rewards.

The Science of Being Well provides a practical guide to health through the power of positive thinking. It also provides philosophical ruminations on how to maintain health through the application of both thought and action:
"to be well it is not enough that man should merely think in a Certain Way; he must apply his thought to himself, and he must express and externalize it in his outward life by acting in the same way that he thinks."
 The text includes thoughts on when, how, and what to eat, as well as a whole chapter on the act of breathing.

In the last volume of this trilogy, The Science of Being Great, Wattles enumerates the steps one may take to become their most successful self. To Wattles, "greatness" means positive self-image and personal growth, as well as the attainment of power. He argues that it is mans purpose to grow and advance--to progress.
"Nothing was ever in any man that is not in you; no man ever had more spiritual or mental power than you can attain, or did greater things than you can accomplish. You can become what you want to be."
In this text Wattles continues to illustrate the power of positive thinking and creative visualization.

We are pleased to offer the Wallace D. Wattles Trilogy in an attractive hardcover, as well as paperback via Amazon and B&N.

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