Who is Emmet Fox? Emmet Fox (1886 - 1951) was a Minister of the Church of Divine Science and is one of the most influential writers on spirituality of the early 20th century.
He had a great influence on the beginnings of the organization "Alcoholics Anonymous". He was a popular American preacher and author, known for his simple yet profound interpretations of the Bible.
The Emmet Fox Books
More than six hundred thousand copies of his book "Sermon on the Mount" have been distributed and are still popular today. It is in this remarkable book that he reveals a source of universal power that is rightly yours.
This power," says Dr. Fox, "is the real source of all things that exist. It just needs to flow into your being and transform into health, true prosperity, inspiration or whatever else you may need.
Dr. Emmet Fox was a Minister, Author, Teacher, Healer and Mystic. Emmet Fox, probably more than any other New Thought leader, has influenced more people simply because, in his day, he attracted wider audiences than anyone else for longer periods of time. To this day, Emmet Fox is more widely read and more clearly understood than any other New Thought writer.
His goal, as a New Thought teacher, has always been, not to establish another religion, not to establish another set of religious doctrines, but to encourage people, whether they attend church or not, to develop their own power creatively and personally.
Understand what God is, and what God is all about, and then be able to relate that to their own lives. In his day, and to this day, Emmet Fox reached more people because he had a talent for speaking and writing with great clarity and in a very dynamic way.
His message was simple and direct. He said:
"Sooner or later you will have to put God first in your life, God must become the only thing that really matters.
The Life of Emmet Fox
Emmet Fox was born in Ireland in 1886. His family immigrated to the United States when he was a child, and he grew up in New York City. His father, who died before Fox was ten years old, was a doctor and a member of Parliament. He attended public schools and then studied at Columbia University, where he received a degree in chemical engineering.
Fox went to college at Stamford Hill, near London, and became an electrical engineer. However, from a very young age he became interested in healing through the mind and prayer.
Upon graduation, Emmet Fox began working as a chemical engineer, but was soon drawn to the ministry. He enrolled in a seminary and was ordained a minister of the Episcopal Church in 1911. Beginning in his late teens he studied New Thought. He got to know the prominent New Thought writer, Thomas Troward.
Emmet Fox Ministry and Writing:
Fox began his ministry in New York City, where he served as a parish priest. He also began writing articles for religious magazines and lecturing on the Bible. His lectures were so popular that he soon began touring the country, giving talks in churches and auditoriums.
In 1928, Fox published his first book, The Sermon on the Mount, which became a bestseller. He later wrote several more books, including The Seven Day Mental Diet and Around the Year with Emmet Fox.
He was enormously popular and spoke to audiences in some of the largest venues in the city. He was ordained a minister of the Divine Science Church by Reverend Nona Brooks, co-founder of this religious movement.
During his lifetime, Emmet Fox was the person who gathered the largest audiences to hear one man's thoughts on the religious meaning of life. His books and pamphlets have been distributed to more than 3 million people and, at a conservative estimate, are believed to have reached 10 million people.
Fox's secretary was the mother of someone who worked with Bill Wilson, one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous; as a result of this connection, A.A. groups were always going to hear Fox speak. His texts, especially "The Sermon on the Mount," became popular in A.A. groups.
Death and Legacy of Emmet Fox:
Fox died in 1951 at the age of 65. His books remain popular and his teachings have influenced many self-help and New Thought authors.