God Wants You to Be Happy

Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan talks about meeting Norman Vincent Peale and the powerful impact it had on him.

By Edward Grinnan

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It wasn’t exactly a speech; it certainly wasn’t a sermon—at least, not like any sermon I had heard. It was a call to personal action, a glorious exhortation, delivered with an utter certainty in the miraculous power of humans to change their lives, to grow and find the happiness and freedom to which they were divinely entitled. This was not fire and brimstone. It was bricks and mortar, steel and glass, sky and earth. It was inspiring and practical all at once. It said, If I can do it, you can do it too.

The crowd leaped to its feet when he was finished. Except for me. I was too flabbergasted to move. I just sat there knowing I had heard the greatest and most inspiring public speaker of the age…

From The Promise of Hope, by Edward Grinnan. Copyright © 2011 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.

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Not a fake, but a burdened human soul who let the Holy Spirit speak through him was my thought. I know everyone who knew Peale respected, if not loved him.

God bless him and you, Edward.

Kind of makes Peale sound like a fake. Grouchy and moody but then"on" when it was time to give a speech.