Joseph Murphy (author)

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Joseph Murphy (May 20, 1898 – December 16, 1981) was an Irish born, naturalized American author and New Thought minister, ordained in Divine Science and Religious Science.

Early life[edit]

Joseph Denis Murphy was born in Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland, the son of a private boys' school headmaster and raised a Roman Catholic. He joined the Jesuits. In his twenties, before being ordained a priest, an experience with healing prayer led him to leave the Jesuits and emigrate to the United States in 1922; he journeyed as a steerage passenger on board the S/S Cedric, sailing from Liverpool, England, to the Port of New York; on the ship's passenger manifest, his occupation was listed as chemist, the British term for pharmacist. In New York City, he became a professional pharmacist in New York City (having a degree in chemistry by that time). Here he attended the Church of the Healing Christ (part of the Church of Divine Science), where Emmet Fox had become minister in 1931.[1]


Murphy traveled to India and spent lot of time with Indian sages, learning Hindu philosophy. He later on formed a new church in America with Hindu ideologies.

In the mid-1940s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he met Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes, and was ordained into Religious Science by Holmes in 1946, thereafter teaching at Rochester, New York, and later at the Institute of Religious Science in Los Angeles. A meeting with Divine Science Association president Erwin Gregg led to him being reordained into Divine Science, and he became the minister of the Los Angeles Divine Science Church in 1949, which he built into one of the largest New Thought congregations in the country.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

In the next decade, Murphy married, earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California and started writing.

After his first wife died in 1976, he remarried to a fellow Divine Science minister who was his longstanding secretary. He moved his ministry to Laguna Hills, California, where he died in 1981. His wife, Dr. Jean Murphy, continued in this ministry for some years afterwards.


  • This Is It or The Art Of Metaphysical Demonstration (1945)
  • Wheels of Truth (1946)
  • The Perfect Answer (1946)
  • Supreme Mastery of Fear (1946)
  • St. John Speaks (1948)
  • Love is Freedom (1948)
  • The Twelve Powers Mystically Explained (1948)
  • Riches are Your Right (aka Special Meditations for Health, Wealth, Love, and Expression) (1952)
  • The Miracles of Your Mind (1953)
  • The Fragrance of God (1953)
  • Magic of Faith (1954)
  • The Meaning of Reincarnation (1954)
  • Believe in Yourself (1955)
  • How to Attract Money (1955)
  • Traveling With God (1956)
  • Peace Within Yourself (St. John Speaks revised) (1956)
  • Prayer Is the Answer (1956)
  • How to Use Your Healing Power (1957)
  • Quiet Moments with God (1958)
  • Pray Your Way Through It (1958)
  • The Healing Power of Love (1958)
  • Stay Young Forever (1958)
  • Mental Poisons and Their Antidotes (1958)
  • How to Pray With a Deck of Cards (1958)
  • Living without Strain (1959)
  • Techniques in Prayer Therapy (1960)
  • Nuclear Religion (1961)
  • Lord Teach Us to Pray (is the 2nd chapter of Traveling With God) (1962)
  • Why Did This Happen to Me? (1962)
  • The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind (1963)
  • The Miracle of Mind Dynamics (1964)
  • The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power (1965)
  • Your Infinite Power to Be Rich (1966)
  • The Cosmic Power Within You (1968)
  • Infinite Power for Richer Living (1969)
  • Secrets of the I Ching (1970)
  • Psychic Perception: The Magic of Extrasensory Perception (1971)
  • Miracle Power for Infinite Riches (1972)
  • Telepsychics: The Magic Power of Perfect Living (1973)
  • The Cosmic Energizer: Miracle Power of the Universe (1974)
  • Great Bible Truths for Human Problems (1976)
  • Within You Is the Power (1977)
  • Songs of God (1979)
  • How to Use the Laws of Mind (1980)
  • These Truths Can Change Your Life (1982)
  • Collected Essays of Joseph Murphy (1987)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gale Group "Joseph Murphy" Religious Leaders of America, 2nd ed. Gale Group, 1999. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.

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