This reading group guide for As We Think So We Are includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
James Allen was a young man who loved to read. After he read and reread the complete works of Shakespeare, he discovered two books that changed his life forever. The first book was Ralph Waldo Emerson’s little set of essays called Nature, (which Dr. Ruth Miller updated in the first chapter of the Library of Hidden Knowledge book Natural Abundance). The second was a long poem by a man named Edwin Arnold called The Light of Asia, which was a fictionalized version of the Buddha’s life (similar to a 19th century version of Siddhartha). When he had consumed both of those and considered them in the light of his Christian background, he realized there was a simple message in them that we could all benefit from, he called it As A Man Thinketh. It was incredibly popular from the start, selling thousands of copies all over the world in many different languages—a much harder feat in 1912 than in 2012!
Dr. Miller has brought this gem of a book into the 21st century, with references to other spiritual traditions, modern examples and language, a