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New Thought

Starry Night, by Van Gogh [1889] (Public Domain Image)
The New Thought movement, which originated in the late 19th and early 20th century, has at its core a belief that a higher power pervades all existence, and that individuals can create their own reality via affirmations, meditation and prayer. Early New Thought groups emerged from a Christian Science background, and many New Thought writers refer back to the Bible as their foundation text. New Thought resembles in some respects New Age philosophy, although some New Thought groups dismiss a connection. This page includes some of the writings of this movement, as well as related and similar texts.

 What All the World’s A-Seeking
by Ralph Waldo Trine [1896]
Compassion for all life and meditation as keys to mental power and success.

 A Common-Sense View of the Mind Cure
by Laura M. Westall [1908]
Can some diseases be cured simply by thought?


The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science
by Thomas Troward [1909]

The Dore Lectures on Mental Science
by Thomas Troward [1909]

 In Tune with the Infinite
by Ralph Waldo Trine [1910]

 The Science of Geting Rich
by Wallace Delois Wattles [1910]

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 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy [1910]
The central text of Christian Science.

 Your Forces and How to Use Them
by Christian D. Larson [1912]
Secrets of the master minds: charisma, focus, and character building.

 Creative Mind and Success
by Ernest Holmes [1919]
Holmes’ take on “Prosperity Consciousness”.

 The Master Key System
by Charles F. Haanel [1919]
The secret behind the Secret; the law of attraction, the universal key to prosperity.

 The Quimby Manuscripts
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, edited by Horatio W. Dresser [1921]
Writings of the originator of New Thought and an early influence on Christian Science.

 The Law and the Word
by Thomas Troward [1921]
Troward on the ‘Promise’ of the Bible: Eternal Life, and the Word made Real.

 The Hidden Power
by Thomas Troward [1921]
A collection of Troward essays.

 Dynamic Thought
by Henry Thomas Hamblin [1921]

 Creative Mind
by Ernest Holmes [1923]
A succinct resume of Holmes’ New Thought philosophy.

 Works of Florence Scovel Shinn
The Game of Life and How to Play It [1925]
Your Word Is Your Wand [1928]
The Secret Door To Success [1941]

 The Science of Mind
by Ernest Holmes [1926]
This early book by Ernest Holmes is representative of many of the strands of New Thought beliefs, including mental healing, the use of affirmations, and a universal consciousness.

 The Secret of the Ages
by Robert Collier [1926]
Can we learn to be perfectly healthy, stop aging, and attract wealth?


 The Secret of the Universe
by Nathan R. Wood [1932]
The Trinity and its universal implications.


 Think and Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill [1938]
A motivational classic from the Great Depression.

 Life and Its Mysteries
by Frank L. Hammer [1945]
Plain answers to the big metaphysical questions, including “Where do animals go when they die?”.

 An Eternal Career
by Frank L. Hammer [1947]
Hammer’s second (and only other) book addresses the immortality of the soul.

 Know Your Magnetic Field
by William E. Gray [1947]
A look inside psychic healing.

The Secret Science Behind Miracles
by Max Freedom Long [1948]
Fire-walking, psychic powers, instant healing and other secrets of the Hawaiian Kahunas.

by Max Freedom Long [1958]
A manual of self-suggestion, using Huna methods.