Joseph Murphy (May 20, 1898 - December 16, 1981) was a Divine Science minister
Murphy was born in Ireland, the son of a private boy's school headmaster and
raised a Roman Catholic. He studied for the priesthood and joined the Jesuits.
In his twenties, an experience with healing prayer led him to leave the Jesuits
and move to the United States, where he became a pharmacist in New York (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.
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 the Institute of Religious Science. 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. 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 died in 1981.
The Miracles of Your Mind (1953)
Peace Within Yourself (1956)
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1962)
The Miracle of Mind Dynamics (1964)
Prayer Is the Answer (1965)
Your Infinite Power to Be Rich (1966)
Secrets of the I Ching (1970)
Psychic Perception: The Magic of Extrasensory Perception (1971)
The Cosmic Energizer: Miracle Power of the Universe (1974)
These Truths Can Change Your Life" (1979)
How to Use the Laws of Mind (1980)
Songs of God (1982)