Christian D.

Larson

 

 

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BIO BACKGROUND

Larson was born in 1874 in the midwestern United States.  Although his parents pushed him to become a Lutheran minister, several life events exposed him to metaphysics and mental healing which led to a lifelong fascination with the topic. He attended a metaphysical mental healing college in Cincinnati and in 1901 opened his own New Thought healing school in the same city.

Shortly afterward, he launched his writing career.  He published his own magazines, first from Cincinnati, then later in Chicago and in Los Angeles.  The articles he wrote for his magazine frequently went on to form the basis of many of his popular best-selling books.  These included The Pathway of Roses, Your Forces and How to Use Them and The Ideal Made Real.

Larson’s writings touched many people and influenced numerous other New Thought teachers who frequently appropriated his phrases such as “have an attitude of gratitude”.

After moving to Los Angeles, Larson served as an editor for Science of Mind magazine working with Ernest Holmes.

Today he most famous for those words known as the “Optimist Creed”, a call to positive thought and action first penned almost a 100 years ago in his 1912 book “Your Forces and How to Use Them”.   

Larson made his transition in 1962.

 

 

Resources

 

Other Online Biographies:

Wikipedia

New Thought Wisdom

WWW Hubs

 

Magazines with Content or Edited by Christian D Larson

Eternal Progress

Progress Magazine

Science of Mind Magazine

 

Books & Audiobooks by Christian D Larson

All of Larson’s books can be found in the public domain.  There are many people who have “republished” his works that you can purchase, most at nominal costs.  Many can be found as e-books and audiobooks, as well.  Search Amazon or other booksellers to find books for purchase.  The following books linked here are for FREE books only.  Where content can be found in multiple places for some items, have only listed one source.

AUDIOBOOKS

Concentration

In the Light of Spirit  (YouTube playlist, each chapter is a separate item in the playlist)

Just Be Glad

Leave It to God 

Mastery of Fate  (YouTube playlist, each chapter is a separate item in the playlist)

On the Heights

Poise and Power   —  Part One        Part Two      Part Three

The Great Within — Part One       Part Two 

The Hidden Secret —   Part One     Part Two     Part Three      Part Four

The Ideal Made Real    (YouTube playlist, each 2 chapters is a separate item in the playlist)

The Mind Cure

The Pathway of Roses  (YouTube playlist, each chapter is a separate item in the playlist)

Thinking for Results  (YouTube playlist, each chapter is a separate item in the playlist)

What is Truth    (YouTube playlist, each chapter is a separate item in the playlist)

Your Forces and How to Use Them (YouTube playlist, each chapter is a separate item in the playlist)

 

BOOKS/E-BOOKS

The Online Books Page   —listing with most of Larson’s books available for free download

How to Stay Well 

The Ideal Made Real

The Mind Cure 

Thinking for Results

Your Forces and How to Use Them

The Scientific Training of Children

What is Truth

Concentration

Healing Yourself

How the Mind Works

How to Stay Well

In the Light of the Spirit

Just Be Glad

Steps in Human Progress

The Pathway of Roses

On the Heights

The Great Within

Brains and How to Get Them

 

Other Select Online  Resources

Interesting Interview with Mitch Horowitz on Larson  –this is from the “Read the Spirit” website from 2012.