Joseph Murphy was born in 1898 in Ireland; he was a writer, a New Thought minister and also the director of the Church of Divine Science in Los Angeles. Murphy moved to the United States when he was young and became a pharmacist in New York. He later studied courses leading to certification as a pharmacist and then bought a drugstore in Algonquin Hotel.
Murphy has an intense passion for spiritual livings and he went to Europe and Asia to learn more. He also attended services at the Church of the Healing Christ, where he was influenced by the New Thought Movement. Murphy then met and learned from other New Thought leaders such as Thomas Troward, Ernest Shurtleff Holmes, and Erwin Gregg.
In 1949, he became the director of the Church of Divine Science. The church grew and his lectures were attended by 1,500 people every Sunday. Murphy also broadcast radio program that has more than a million listeners. Murphy quickly became popular with his work. He sold his radio program and also transcribed his lectures into pamphlets and sold many copies. In 1950’s, Joseph Murphy returned to school, earning him a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern California.
Joseph Murphy has published many books and writings including titles such as How to Attract Money, Riches Are Your Right, Psychic Perception: The Magic of Extrasensory Perception, Peace within Yourself, Your Infinite Power to Be Rich, Love Is Freedom and his most groundbreaking work, The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind was published in 1963.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind became an instant success when it was first published. During Murphy’s lifetime, the book sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Today, the book continues to sell well and was considered one of the classic books in the personal development industry.