It is simplistic to characterize New Thought as a kind of magic think-yourself-rich and believe-yourself-healthy methodology. In essence it is about how to achieve inner balance, attain harmony with one's environment and practice integrity in one's relationships. It requires the absorption of essential truth concepts, concentration on living according to high ideals and application of positive energy in loving oneself and others.
The philosophy of New Thought originated as far back as mid-nineteenth century. As a distinct religious teaching it probably owes considerably to Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), the founder of Christian Science, who based much of her theology on the works of Phineas Quimby (1802-66) and Warren Evans (1817-89), proponents of so-called Mental Science. It is probably true that Swedenborgian and Theosophical metaphysics, New Testament mysticism, as well as the profound essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) and Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) influenced the depth and width of New Thought considerably. However none of the above can be identified as founders of New Thought. Note that Christian Science is alive and well today and although sharing much of its theology with New Thought, it does not acknowledge even an indirect relationship with any member organizations of the International New Thought Alliance.
Advocates of evangelical/fundamentalist Christian apologetics include New Thought churches, specifically Unity, Religious Science and Divine Science as satanically deceptive cults (along with so many other spiritually progressive movements). New Thought is characterised by the individual's freedom of thought and action, in tune with the high principles tolerance, compassion and loving one's neighbour. Regrettably so much of the Christian apologetics' agenda is driven by fear-mongering and condemnation of those who are not conservatively doctrinal or literally Biblical.
This book was first published in 1977 and is in its eight printing in a smaller format with new graphics and typeface. There are twelve chapters and each contains a preview, a lesson, scripture references, self-testing questions, and a short "denial" and "affirmation." This is an excellent introductory work for seekers as well as a handy reference for long time followers. It manages to present all the essentials of New Thought religious philosophy. Except for the chapter on reincarnation Warch has managed to be true to most schools of New Thought. His choice of terminology may not always be exactly what Cady, Hopkins, the Fillmores, Atkinson, Holmes, Peale, Hay or Butterworth would use but the principles are compatible.
An excerpt: "The New Thought Christian works on their own consciousness rather than trying to manipulate outer things because they know all things are drawn to them according to their consciousness. Denials and affirmations are two consciousness-building tools that are used to alter consciousness, not existence. The change in existence will be the result of inner change. So the more aware you become of the Christ, your real self, the more good and harmony will be drawn to your life." p.62Read more ›