As We Think, So We Are

James Allen's Guide to Transforming Our Lives

As We Think, So We Are

Edited by: Ruth L. Miller

As We Think, So We Are, the fifth book in the Library of Hidden Knowledge, invites readers to explore the pioneering teachings of James Allen, one of the first leaders of the self-help movement.

Dr. Ruth Miller offers modern translations of three of Allen’s most insightful essays. Using clear, concise language paired with practical applications, Miller creates an accessible way to delve into and explore the fundamental processes that determine how we interact with—and understand—the world.

Allen’s seminal theories in metaphysics introduced millions in the last century to the Law of Attraction, one of the most transformative paths to fulfillment in the modern age. In As We Think, So We Are, we find Allen’s writing to be as important and life changing today as it was a hundred years ago. As Allen put it, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded in our thoughts; it is made up of our thoughts.”

Reading Group Guide

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 l see more

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About the Author

James Allen

Born in 1864 in England, James Allen took his first job at fifteen to support his family. Allen worked as a factory knitter and later a private secretary before writing his first book, From Poverty to Power, in 1901. In 1903 he completed his best-known work: As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote nineteen books, including his spiritual journal, The Light of Reason, before he died at age forty-seven in 1912. While not widely known during his lifetime, Allen later came to be seen as a pioneer of contemporary inspirational literature.