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The History of New Thought

The History of New Thought

From Mind Cure to Positive Thinking and the Prosperity Gospel

by John S. Haller, Jr.

"This book, more than any other in this genre, provides valuable insights into what the New Thought movement has become as it has both shaped and been shaped by the American psyche."

—Rev. David F. Alexander, senior minister, New Thought Center for Spiritual Living

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Anyone interested in psychology, popular culture, or history will be fascinated by this exploration of a little-known facet of modern culture: New Thought.

The History of New Thought: Read An Excerpt

The History of New Thought: Read An Excerpt

Read Chapter One from the new book exploring New Thought's influence on the American religious landscape.

Praise for The History of New Thought

Praise for The History of New Thought

"Haller artfully and persuasively pulls together a complex history and shines a much needed light on a seductive and popular religious movement." - Publishers Weekly

Q&A with Author John S. Haller, Jr.

Q&A with Author John S. Haller, Jr.

"New Thought represents an amorphous set of ideas and practices that, to this day, remain at the forefront of America’s contemporary religious and secular scene."

Author Event at AAR

Author Event at AAR

Learn more about the book launch and reception for John S. Haller, Jr. during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

New Thought: The

New Thought: The "Real" Genesis of Positive Thinking

John S. Haller, Jr.

These recently discovered “keys,” “laws,” “steps,” and “secrets” to health and happiness are little more than plagiarisms of ideas first identified in the nineteenth and early twentieth century works of New Thought celebrities.

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Book Club Roundtable

New Thought: Not Just About Me and My Mind

New Thought: Not Just About Me and My Mind

Laura Paskell Brown

To be satisfied only with personal health and prosperity is to miss the real potential of the teachings of Jesus, the Buddha, and all metaphysical teachings that New Thought draws upon.

New History of New Thought

New History of New Thought

John Turner

John S. Haller Jr.'s The History of New Thought helped me understand a subject that has always vexed me.

The Power of the Mind in an Interdependent Universe

The Power of the Mind in an Interdependent Universe

Bruce Epperly

Those who affirm the power of the mind to shape reality should remember that issues of justice and Earth-care are neither incidental nor accidental to the soul's journey.  

The 100-Year Secret Behind

The 100-Year Secret Behind "The Secret"

Tom Rapsas

Why go to an inferior secondary source to search for meaning and enlightenment, when you can access the real thing?

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