I’m often asked which book a person should start with. I’d recommend starting with a few of the ones I list below. They should give you a good foundation for new thought. Then you can go from there.
Things to keep in mind
Though these authors are all talking about the same thing, they may not always use the same terminology to describe a certain process, idea or concept. After reading a few books, you’ll be able to do the mental translation in your mind as you are reading. “Oh, he refers to this as that, and she refers to it as this,” and so on.
So don’t get discouraged if you get thrown a bunch of ideas that seem overwhelming and, at times, confusing. It will all come together the more you read.
And that’s the key to this: keep reading! Read as much as you can, as often as you can, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. If you can dedicate an hour or more a day, then you’re going to see those Oh-my-God! changes rather quickly.
Sources for Books
Aside from Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other online book sellers, there are a lot of sites where you can get and read almost all of the new thought classics for free.
The reason most of these classics are free is because they are out of copyright. For more information on this, search “copyright” using a web search engine.
If you have an e-reader (Nook, Kindle or the like), two sites you’ll find invaluable are:
The Internet Archive at: http://archive.org/
Project Gutenberg at: http://www.gutenberg.org/
Once on the above sites, simply do an author or title search to find a compatible book version specifically for your e-reader. If nothing else, they will usually have a PDF version of a book. Most e-readers can read PDF’s, though some better than others.
Also, an inquisitive mind and a good search engine will be invaluable to you. Set aside some time and search the web. You’ll find some great resources out there, both classic and modern.
See my note on e-books if you do have an e-reader.
About the links Below
If by chance a link doesn’t work, email me and I’ll try to re-establish it. In the meantime, simply Google (or Bing) the title, author or whatever I’m linking to. You should find it somewhere out there.
Because of copyright issues, the Youtube videos may no longer be available. Again, email me so I can fix it, then search Youtube for the title. Like a web search, you’ll probably find the video there.
I’m not condoning copyright infringement; by watching a video someone else posted, you are not violating any law. If you then download that video…well, that’s a different story. 🙂
Introduction to New Thought
Wikipedia’s entry on New Thought.
Books that provide a good introduction to New Thought and its concepts
- Christian Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
- Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now
- William Walker Atkinson, The law of the New Thought
- William Walker Atkinson, Your Mind and how to Use it
- Prentice Mulford, Thoughts are Things
And I consider Ernest Holmes’ Science of Mind the encyclopedia on New Thought. It’s not light reading, but it is fascinating and thorough. Master this book and you’ve pretty much mastered the mind.
Prolific Writers of New Thought
Rather than duplicate what you can find on the Wikipedia’s site (list of writers), I’ll simply list those I found of exceptional value. Maybe you will, too.
I list just the author’s name, but any book you pick up by them will be good reading.
Keep in mind that some of these authors and their works are available on Youtube, though typically in audio format only.
- Austin, Benjamin Fish
- Carnegie, Dale
- Hamblin, Henry Thomas
- Hicks, Esther
- Hill, Napoleon
- Holmes, Ernest
- Johnson, Benjamin
- Larson, Christian D.
- MacLelland, Bruce
- Mulford, Prentice
- Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
- Wilmans, Helen
Some modern authors, speakers, coaches, etc.
These are just a sprinkling of names of what you will find out on the web. There are literally hundreds of people with sites dedicated to this journey we’re on, whether they refer to it as new thought or not. Most have blogs with helpful tips and information, and most of them are free.
- Braden, Gregg (web, Facebook)
- Brodie, Richard (web)
- Dyer, Dr. Wayne (web, Facebook)
- Hay, Louise (web, Facebook)
- Lipton, Bruce (web, Facebook, Video)
- Maw, Jeanette (web, Facebook)
- Tolle, Eckhart (web, Facebook)
- Williams, Rob (web, Video)
Lastly, and probably one of your greatest resources, is a friend who’s on the same journey to self-discovery.
Being able to talk with someone about new thought and what you’re reading, going through, and what you’re trying to achieve, can be very therapeutic and serve to help expand your knowledge; not only of new thought but of yourself, your mind.
If you have a particular resource that you feel should be on this list, please email me the author and title. I’m always open to new things.