Review: Mind Power by John Kehoe

Mind Power Into the 21st Century: Techniques to Harness the Astounding Powers of Thought

By John Kehoe

© 1997 West Vancouver, B.C.: Zoetic Inc.

I got this book out of the Vancouver Public Library and was suitably impressed. I have read many articles, web sites, some books and have even attended workshops regarding the power of positive thinking, visualization to get results, and creating your own reality through thoughts and feelings. I always figured these thought techniques must have some merit yet every time I tried it, really tried, and believed in what I was doing…nothing much seemed to happen. Nothing bad and nothing good: a non-effect. Still, I keep searching and trying because I really believe this stuff has to work…I just haven’t found my technique yet.

John Kehoe’s Mind Power book is easy to follow and somehow he inspires the reader to actually try the techniques while reading. I put the book down several times and thought about the questions and practiced some mind work right after reading about it. Sometimes a book full of exercises to practice is written in a way that does not inspire me to actually practice. This one does. He practices what he preaches in his own writing by respecting you, the reader, whoever you may be, and empowering you to change areas of your life that need it, starting right now. There are enough anecdotes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul type to make you believe that if someone like that can do it, so can I. The exercises had an immediate beneficial effect of lifting my mood.

One thing that really stuck out at me was Kehoe entreating us to “question everything”. I am glad that he expounds on that because one can read “question everything”, get bogged down in the “everything” part, chalk it up to generally good but generally useless advice and leave it at that. But he gets really specific so that you can think of your own specifics: “Where have I restricted myself?” “Why do I have toast and coffee for breakfast every day?” “What talents have I been neglecting?” “What habit, if I adopted and practiced it every day, would revolutionize my life?” These are the types of questions Kehoe gets our minds going with.

My favourite quote from the book is “The only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask” (p.94). Quite literally, one who does not speak is “dumb” and I love plays on words…

Kehoe writes fluidly from examples into text into instructions and between them all to make a workbook that can read like a novel if you want to read it that way. It is unfortunate that there is no index as there are many tidbits one might like to refer to without flipping through the pages. The book is not long at 141 pages and it is not technical; it is practical. Mind Power is a perfect book to leap into spring with and it will enhance ones optimism on a rainy April day.

If you would like to explore Mind Power online, see:

If you would like random positive anecdotes, testimonials and techniques for creating your reality and learning acceptance, see:

I receive the newsletter from the above your-life-is-now web site, created by Doreen Banaszak, and it is right in line with Kehoe’s writings. Her book is also recommended though I have not reviewed it on this site because I read it well before I started doing reviews online!

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