397 of 409 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2001
Fox encourages us to use our minds with our religion. This is a great work. In it's time it must have been quite controversial. Today Conversations with God and An Encounter With A Prophet expand on what Fox had to say in the 1930's. All three books are a must read for independant thinkers.
162 of 169 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2002
I am a recovering alcoholic. A few months back I went on an 8 day cruise to Central America. When the ship left the dock I was seized by a panic, I would be stuck on this ship, away from my support group in no less than a floating bar. I was up most of the first night. The next day I found this book (a friend had loaned it to me) and in desperation I started reading. By the end of the day my panic had passed and I felt closer to God than I had in a long time. I thought I had given up on Jesus many many years ago and that was the attitude I had when I boarded the ship. After reading this book I stepped on to the shore in Miami a Christian again, something I thought was quite impossible. This is a very powerful book. Mr. Fox sweeps away centuries of religious dogma and brings us back to the spiritual principals Jesus actually taught. I have read it several times since my trip. It has done nothing less than revolutionize my whole outlook on life and recovery. The right book at exactly the right time in my life. I pray it will do the same for you.
78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 1999
Emmet Fox was a philosopher and lecturer in the '30s; this book was read and used by the founders of AA before the Big Book was written. Although Fox writes of what I think of as "absolutes" (you can overcome death, for example) kind of in the style of the Oxford Groups (also popular at that time), I find his approach to the Jesus Christ message full of hope and clear cut examples of how to apply this to your daily life. I cannot recite the Lord's Prayer without thinking of Fox's interpretation. I love this book!!
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2005
This is the most wonderful interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount I have yet found. I have read this small book many years ago, but its words have become engraved on my mind and in my heart and it has had a profound impact upon my life.
It deals with spiritual truths, which many people recite through prayer daily, but don't give it much thought. This little book points out in a very clear way, all the elements of not only praying in a way that the prayers are answered, but of creating a successful life - and developing attitude, character and consciousness that brings about that success.
This book has in its own way changed the way I looked upon my relationship with God and my relationship with abundance and one's "daily bread". It has also kept me aware that if one desires to open the way, before the person even begins to pray, the person first needs to cleanse his mind and heart, and forgive anyone toward whom he holds any form of unforgiveness (including himself).
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2004
The traditional interpretations of Jesus the Christ's teachings have turned thinking individuals into opponents of the Bible. Well, Mr. Fox's work (I read the original version published in the 1930's) provides some acceptable insights.
While Mr. Fox's works are slightly skewed in his references to how the "European race" has civilized the rest of the world, brought order where there is chaos, etc., etc., there is a solid message here.
His analysis the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5, 6 and 7 in the Bible), demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the mind is the builder of all that is in the life of man and woman.
If you are a Christian fundamentalist who has decided not to question literal, traditional interpretations of the Bible in any way, this book is not for you. However, if you find that traditional, mainstream Christianity doesn't fit into your views of life and yet you still believe in the fundamental usefulness of the core teachings of Christianity, I offer that you do the following:
1) Read this book with an open mind
2) Test some the principles in your own life, applying the principles to the resolution of problems that have heretofore not been solved using other methods
3) See what happens.
Every New Thought book I review I also mention the works of Dr. Joseph Murphy's ("The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" is his most famous) because they have had such an impact on my life as well the lives of countless others. If you are new to New Thought and are trying to decide which books to buy, I say read Joseph Murphy Book "Telepsychics" where he discusses Emmet Fox and this book as well.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 1999
When I joined AA 4 months ago I was spiritually bankrupt and as cynical and bitter about organized religion as they come. The idea of praying and giving my will and my life over to a higher power was inconceivable. Fortunately, my sponsor suggested this book and I am now reading it for the second time, this time under-lining Mr. Fox's prose. To say that my life has change for the better since I've read this book is an understatement and I carry it with me every day. I just love the way Mr. Fox puts his spin on Jesus' sermon. What a wonderful way to live!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2006
I read this book when I first began searching for meaning, a sense of connection, and inner peace. Emmet Fox's book took me back to the feelings I had as a little girl sitting in church filled with innocence, wonder and awe. I think he explains what Jesus really meant with his words rather than what his words have been distorted to mean.
This book teaches about love and acceptance. It is a beautiful guide if you really want to connect with the essence of who and what you are. It showed me how to really practice being loving to myself and others and how to find peace amongst the chaos.
This book is a wonderful addition to anyone's library. On a scale of 1-5 I'd rate it a 10!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2006
"Study and believe only those teachings that speak directly to your soul." These words are daylight and fresh air to a man trapped in a coal mine. Emmet Fox helped me to break free of the confusion and craziness peddled by established religion. I was free to realize a more intuitive understanding of God and of life. SERMON ON THE MOUNT gave me courage to set out on my own spiritual journey and to leave behind years of baggage from catholic school and church TV.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2001
"Sermon On The Mount", is about Metaphysics, or states of consciousness. Fox, and Priests that I have spoken to over the years, say that Jesus was more concerned with what you think, than what you do. It is an inside job, and that is what this book is about. Fox tells you what Jesus was about; what he was really saying. As I read this, I started to see my whole existance differently and I saw everything around me differently. This is an extremely powerful book that one has to be ready for. If you are interested in dealing with your truths and you are into Jesus, then you need to read this. It is a frightening book, because you just might be reading the truth, and that scares people. I have no interest in telling you what Fox says, because we all interpret things differently, and I don't want me in your head while you are reading it. One needs to formulate their own opinions, in general. If you are a person with any type of addiction, this book will put you in a different place in your recovery. The book will definately improve your life, because at the very least it will give you a different perspective on everything. The book makes you think. If you don't want to think, don't buy this. It is understandable. It is not that difficult of a read. I am not that smart and I get it. I think it is totally brilliant, and has helped me in my daily life. Fox has his interpretation of Jesus' Sermon On The Mount at the end, line by line. I came to the same conclusion about the line "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us", that Fox does, and it helped me to forgive people in my life. Fox states that Jesus said forgiving is one of the most important things you can do in life. This book helped me do that. The book also says that Jesus said that the integrity of the soul is the only thing that matters. That is great information this book is giving, and I want to put myself around these truths. I have no interest in judging this book from a theological perspective, because I am not qualified, and I don't care. I just know that this book helps me in my daily life. So, therefore, if it satisfies theological scholars or not, who cares, because that has no bearing on my daily existance. Also, I do not think that is relevant here. I think everyone needs to individually formulate their own opinion after reading this. I don't think a person should go through their life without reading this.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"A practical handbook of spiritual development...Fox gives his readers a profound outlook upon life, and an absolutely fresh scale of values." NY Times
The Sermon on the Mount:
Studying these inspiring words of Jesus instructed to all disciples, recorded in the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of the Gospel according to Matthew, we are informed how the true disciples of Christ live, love and change realities of life. The Mount Sermon presents the core of Christian discipleship, conceived by the born again individuals, only by the grace of the Lord. The most important debate over the sermon is its applicability to real every day life. Almost all contemporary Christian denominations have developed a conceptual, non-literal, ways to interpret and apply the sermon, thought to be too utopian, advocating only nonviolent resistance, and endangering the survival of civil human society. Alterations of the text of the Sermon were proposed to make it more palatable. Some preachers, inserting 'without a cause,' while interpreting; "whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment." While "Love your enemies" was tuned down to "Pray for your enemies" etc.
The Sermon Teachings:
The Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew, chapters 5, 6, and 7 can be divided into three main teachings:
- The Beatitudes; These teachings are meant to comfort suffering believers, beginning with "blessed."
- New upgraded laws; Raising the bench mark, in contrast to Moses teachings, 'Old law' with the new loving commandments of Christ, consisting the core of Christian moral teachings. Christian attitudes concerning the use of money. Reasons to avoid worry. Motives for fasting and offering gifts. Warnings on money. Dangers of hypocrisy and of false teachers. Jesus concludes with a warning parable of the wise and foolish builders
- The Lord's prayer; A model prayer that Jesus teaches as the proper way to approach the Father, based on the central asking for His Kingdom.
Fox's Christian Science:
Emmet Fox's; "The Sermon on the Mount" does not include any radical 'New Thought,' and nothing sectarian, certainly, not new age. This booklet is a fundamental discourse presenting the ideas at the core of 'Christian Science.' At heart, it means to be entirely practical, as the "Christian Science" reveals. Enriched with daily relevance, this book stresses N. V. Peale's 'The Power of Positive Thinking' principle and its capacity for restoring the faltering faith of millions. Fox offers stimulating insights on methodology of self transformation, explaining that thoughts are factual beings, and their potential lies in their creative and constructive use. These inspiring Fox's essays put in focus: 'How to have it all; health, happiness, and a liberated spirit, through the power of constructive thought.'
Denying there is any theology in the Bible, Fox argues that Jesus was preaching real life: "Jesus explains to us...the meaning of life and of death; shows us why we make mistakes; why we yield to temptation; and, most important of all, he tells us how all these evils may be overcome, and how we may bring health, happiness, and true prosperity into our lives."
In his master work, Emmet Fox explains how to interpret and apply the true nature of divine wisdom, taping into the power of prayer to develop a fully expressed and integrated personality. What did Jesus teach? Fox's answer in 'The Sermon on the Mount' is simple. "The Bible is a 'textbook of metaphysics' and the teachings of Jesus express, without dogma, a practical approach for the development of the soul and for the shaping of our lives into what we really wish them to be." For Fox, Jesus was 'no sentimental dreamer, no mere dealer in empty platitudes, but the unflinching realist that only a great mystic can be.' Fox taught: Transform negative attitudes into life-affirming beliefs and claim our divine right to a fully abundant life.
Fox attended Stamford Hill Jesuit college near London, and became an electrical engineer. However, he early discovered that he had healing power, and from the time of his late teens studied New Thought. He came to know the prominent New Thought writer Thomas Troward. Soon he went to the United States, and in 1931 was selected to become the successor to the James Murray as the minister of New York's Church of the Healing Christ. Fox became immensely popular, and spoke to audiences in some of the largest halls in the city. He was ordained in the Divine Science branch of New Thought, and half a century after his death, the writings of Emmet Fox remain influential.