Monday, July 04, 2011

The Power of Being Debt Free

Robert Schuller penned some of the following bestsellers:

Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do

The Power of Being Debt Free

Success is never ending, failure is never final

Don't Throw Away Tomorrow

To judge by current developments, I'd say his optimistic titles haven't stood the test of time: 


  1. Robert Schuller always reminds me of Norman Vincent Peale because their "gospels" are similar.

    For those who are older, you might already know this anecdote. I recall hearing a recording of Walter Martin where he spoke to Norman Vincent Peale and asked when he would finally write a book titled "The Power of Negative Thinking" (an allusion to his popular book "The Power of Positive Thinking"). Peale asked why he would want to write such a book. Martin said because of what other people were saying about his book. Namely, "Paul is appealing, but Peale is appalling." Martin suggested that the book should focus on a clear expressing of the Gospel which is the most positive message of all. But which requires that we first think negatively about our condition before God as sinners.

    I always loved that pun. "Paul is appealing, but Peale is appalling."

  2. From this link, I guess it was a conversation between Donald Gray Barnhouse (Martin's mentor) and Peale,+but+Peale+is+appalling%22&source=bl&ots=7o9GXcpNpD&sig=8L8-P9EyXR8fSYi3k1eliwEYjXQ&hl=en&ei=4mUTTursOIuBsgKQwdTUDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=walter%20martin%20%22Paul%20is%20appealing%2C%20but%20Peale%20is%20appalling%22&f=false