Agnes Sanford

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Agnes Mary White Sanford (1897-1982) is considered to be one of the principal founders of the Inner Healing Movement. She was the daughter of a Presbyterian missionary in China and the wife of the Episcopal priest Edgar L. Sanford. Her first book, The Healing Light, is often considered a classic in its field. Sanford was the mother of John A. Sanford (died 2005), the Jungian analyst and author.

Sanford was a key figure in the Charismatic Movement in the United States during the 1960s through to about 1980, mainly through her writing. Her books include an autobiography titled Sealed Orders.


Sanford attended Peace College, which was at that time a two-year college. Subsequently she applied to Agnes Scott, but did not meet all of their requirements and was admitted as a non-degree (or "special" student) in the class of 1919. She studied there for two years.


Healing Light: Macalester Park Publishing, 1947; revised edition, Ballantine Books, 1983

Let's Believe: Harper & Row, 1954

Behold Your God: A. James, 1959; Macalester Park Publishing, 1979

The Second Mrs. Wu: Arthur James, 1966

Healing Gifts of the Spirit: J. B. Lippincott, 1966

The Rising River: Lippincott, 1968

The Healing Power of the Bible: J. B. Lippincott, 1969

Lost Shepherd: Logos International, 1971

Sealed Orders: The Autobiography of a Christian Mystic. Bridge Logos Pub, 1972

Route 1: Logos International, 1975

Creation Waits: Bridge Logos Pub, 1977

Oh, Watchman: Trinity Chptr. International, 1978


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