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The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox

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Jun 16th, 2014
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As for recovery and spirituality books, you can't go wrong with one that has become a staple to many -

The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox

Now past it's 65th birthday, this book by a great spiritual teacher, has deep roots and influence in the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous.  As AA was founded and growing several years before it had any literature of it's own, the early members used "outside literature" and guidance from spiritual leaders for reading and inspiration.  Emmet Fox was key among these as early members used to read his literature and flock to hear him speak weekly in New York City in the 1930's.  A lot of AA language can be found in Emmet Fox's writing - things such as "staying on the beam", "letting go of resentments", and "living one day at a time".  Emmet Fox teaches, above all else, that the things that we focus upon manifest themselves and that the mind is a very powerful thing.

“The Truth turns out to be nothing less than the amazing but undeniable fact that the whole outer world--whether it be the physical body, the common things of life, the winds and the rain, the clouds, the earth itself--is amenable to man's thought, and that he has dominion over it when he knows it.” - The Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox

Fox's book, while taking us through Jesus' teachings on the Sermon on the Mount and dissecting The Lord's Prayer, is a great practical guide to spiritual development.  I think that he could have given these lessons with most any material and he does do this in some of this other books that are essay collections.  I wouldn't let the fact that he is using scripture be a turn off as I haven't been near a bible in years yet I find Emmet Fox to be one of the most powerful spiritual teachers I have found and continue to study his various books.  In fact, there are outside study groups for Emmet Fox materials that have sprung up in some cities (including mine) and these can be helpful if this interests you.  You can learn more about Emmet Fox and look for Emmet Fox Meetings here.  Otherwise, if you haven't read The Sermon on the Mount yet, I highly recommend it as it continues to be one of my favorite spirituality books:

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