Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind: Short Biography, Book Reviews, Quotes, and Comments (Great Minds Series, Vol, 6), by Peter Fritz Walter.


‘Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind’ (Great Minds Series, Vol. 6)’ is a study that features one of the greatest self-help authors of our time.

Joseph Murphy (1898-1981), born in Ireland, was a naturalized American author and New Thought minister, ordained in Divine Science and Religious Science. He was born into a strictly Catholic school master family and was accepted as a Jesuit seminarian. However, by the time he reached his late teen years, he began to question the orthodoxy of the Jesuits and withdrew from the seminary, leaving his family for going to America, where he started a modest career as a pharmacist.

Parallel to his job, he began to study all of the world’s religions, yet his concept of Christianity was non-traditional and he founded his own church in Los Angeles, becoming a proponent of the New Thought movement, whose founder, Ernest Holmes, became his mentor. Gradually his classes, his sermons and his radio programs became more and more widely known and his fame spread with publishing his first bestseller, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, in 1963. Over the years, he received several academic degrees, as a scientist, a theologian, and a Ph.D. as well. In his later years he also became a Fellow of the Andhra Research University of India.

After his first great publishing success, he wrote more than 30 other books that all become bestsellers. He died in 1981 and his wife, Dr. Jean Murphy, continued his ministry.

Dr. Murphy left a legacy that is highly important in our time of loss of soul in everyday life. His practical and yet deeply spiritual teaching, and prayer technique, called ‘Scientific Prayer’ has left a markstone in our time for those, who without wanting to join a fixated Credo, wish to live a spiritual life, do good to others, experience success, wealth and recognition, and create inner peace. 

The present book provides a bit for all tastes, offering a short biography, reviews of his most important books, quotes, comments and book excerpts, and a bonus essay by the author, entitled ‘Creative Prayer, the Miracle Road.’

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