As A Man Thinketh was written in 1903 by James Allen ( 1864-1912), an English author. It is really
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."And that is the premise of the whole little book.
"The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears;..."The chapters are: Thought and Character, Effect of Thought on Circumstances, Effect of Thought on Health and the Body, Thought and Purpose, The Thought-Factor in Achievement, Visions and Ideals, and Serenity,
I didn't find it especially helpful in my journey, but it was interesting and there were certainly good points made in the book. And I certainly agree with the premise!
Reminiscences of My Life In Camp-An African American Woman's Civil War Memoir by Susie
This was a fascinating book in several ways: her own personal story growing up, her care of others, and after the war, her work to continue caring for those who had served in the War. I was especially struck with some of her words (remember, written in 1902) near the end of the book:
"'I wonder if our white fellow men realize the true sense or meaning of brotherhood? For two hundred years we had toiled for them; the war of 1861 came and was ended, and we thought our race was forever freed from bondage, and that the two races could live in unity with each other, but when we read almost every day of what is being done to my race by some whites in the South, I sometimes ask, "Was the war in vain? Has it bought freedom, in the full sense of the word, or has it not made our condition more hopeless?'"
And yet, later in the book:
"'Can we forget those cruelties? No, though we try to forgive and say "No North, no South" and hope to see it in reality before the last comrade passes away.'"
I'm glad that she continued to live in hope, but it makes me sad to consider that here we are in 2016, over 100 years since she wrote those words and our country still continues to struggle with issues of equality.