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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,169 ratings  ·  101 reviews
What did Jesus teach? Distilled from years of study and lecture, affirmed by nearly a million readers over the last fifty years, Emmet 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 w ...more
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Published May 11th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 15th 1935)
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Sue
THIS BOOK ROCKED MY WORLD! Probably had a lot to do with the life stage and mental condition I was in. I was in my early twenties, depressed (boyfriend troubles), and spending a lot of time in therapy discussions with God (OK, call it prayer). One day at work, I needed to use a special computer so was sitting at someone else's desk while they were on vacation, and I looked up and saw this book on his shelf (Sermon on the Mount). Feeling kinda close to God at that point of my life and intrigued b ...more
Reid
Though not a Christian, I have heard a great deal that is good about this book, and thought I should finally get around to reading it. It is an interesting read, although Fox has a particular theological axe to grind, and grind he does.

The basic premise of Fox's philosophy seems to be that if one believes in the teachings of Jesus, and prays about them in a particular way, one will be free of all disease and misfortune, including material difficulties. Not only does this reserve good fortune sol
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Jean Marie Angelo
While it is by no means official "recovery" literature, this books is a staple for many in Alcoholics Anonymous, especially the "old timers." Fox's writing style is hard to navigate, but the ideas ushered in our modern age of spirituality. Comforting and understandable ideas about viewing life as a spiritual exercise and journey. Before the age of audio books, I read portions of this and recorded it as a gift for an older friend who lived and died by these words.
Allancarlson
Dec 09, 2009 Allancarlson is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
having read only 30 or so pages I am deeply engrossed by Fox's view of Christianity as distinct from Christian doctrine. I do not consider myself a "religious" person and do not regularly attend church. Fox claims that the most influential man in the history of Man had little use for organized relition...I'm inclined to read more.
Tammy Williams
Love this book! It sounds 'religious' but Emmet Fox nips that in the bud right away when he says: 'the plain fact is that Jesus taught no theology whatever. His teaching is entirely spiritual or metaphysical.'

to be read over and over and over and...
Lee Harmon
I guess I blew it with the timing of this review. This is a beautiful hardbound reprint of a 1934 classic, clearly meant as a gift option. The publication timing of November 2012 hints of a Christmas gift. Did any of you get Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift certificates for Christmas? My apologies, HarperOne, for not jumping on this sooner, to get the word out.

Let’s start with the dirt on Emmet Fox (1886-1951). He was a spiritual teacher, and served as minister of the Divine Science church in New
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William Anderson
Very interesting exploration of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from a "metaphysical Christianity" perspective. Corrnerstone of New Thought ideology...definitely profound thinking... ranks withComplete Works of H. Emilie Cady in terms of a clear, concise and engaging exploration of New Thought theology. Worth reading for any intellectually engaged student of Christ, Christianity, and Spirituality...most mainline and all evangelical Christians will find this highly objectionable and the premises to be ...more
Craiglee
A few books will turn your perspective on a subject upside down. If the subject is spiritual life, then this book will do that. A careful study of these famous passages from Matthew 5 and 6 will disabuse you of many bad spiritual habits and thoughts. Fox's thorough digestion of the material adds clarity to the call, a call to a closer walk with Christ. There is a chapter devoted to every phrase in the Lord's Prayer. This book is a keeper.
Joe Borsellino
Oct 13, 2012 Joe Borsellino rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Joe by: Friend
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The Sermon on the Mount is a Text Book I first read back in 2010.It has become the basic text in the many Emmet Fox books I now Study and use for meditations. The sermon on the Mount is a book that helps me gain spiritual perception, understand the nature of Divine Wisdome and the power of prayer.
Steve Woods
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 Steps and the underlying principles have gained almost mythical significance to those who claim their sobriety as a result of exposure to them and who adhere to the dogma that has evolved through their constant rehashing at meetings. This book was primary in the evolution of both the Program and the Big Book, the adaption of Fox's ideas was by no means entirely consistent with everything he proposed, (they were often inexpertly rehashed) but the more ...more
Jenny
I was lent this book from a coworker who read it and was gushing about how remarkable it was. I found this book to be less than remarkable.

Emmet Fox takes a metaphysical look at interpreting the the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' famed speech in the Gospel according to Matthew. In the first chapter, Fox deconstructs orthodox interpretations on scripture, stating that they have missed the boat completely and twist Jesus' words into elaborate doctrine. Thence, Fox reinterprets the Sermon on the Moun
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
This is a really excellent book that talks about the sermon on the mount in light of the teaching of New Thought thinkers. We can benefit greatly from them today if we are willing to stretch beyond the confines of strict dogmatic conventional teaching. You just keep reading and reading with a pen and a notebook in hand. Take what he says and formulate it into your own thoughts and begin to see how the teaching of the Bible can be such vivid, practical, realistic and overflowing with the power of ...more
Felicia
Emmet Fox and I do not agree on more than a few little issues BUT he deconstructs the "body" of religion for the separation it places between the individual and Jesus. Through Fox I was able to leave spiritual abuse behind and find comfort in the true teachings of Christ.
Believe me, the inspiring message in this book for me has allowed me to find a relationship with
Jesus who truly did come to bring us a message of life, love and deliverance from ourselves and from
those in religion whose purpose
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Jim George
WE are all on a spiritual journey, granted some of us haven't yet acknowledged our quest, some of us are only in the beginning, and others are in the middle. While others are living the most peaceful, blessed, happiest lives ever even before thought imaginable or possible - these few are continuously living in God's presence. The author is one of the many, trying to share the Truth with those who are ready to hear it. The author's teachings are simplistic and profound. an enjoyable read that cou ...more
Mike
there seems to be a consensus of authors in this era towards personal growth via the God path. They also tend to lean toward each person being soley responsible for their own growth and not by following the main stream religious order. I've always felt this way and have no interest in being preached at, or being directed by organized religion of any sort. Each to his own in his relationship to his God. This book offers no real choice to spiritual growth, just opportunity to discover we are respo ...more
James Hatton
On April 4, 1998, I began a journey along the road to happy destiny. I sought a higher power. I was adamantly opposed to Christianity, so I searched elsewhere: Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shamanism, and others. Anything but the Judeo-Christian God. My search lasted three years. I was at a cookout and I told a friend that I had been reading the Tao Te Ching. She said, "You should read 'The Sermon on the Mount' by Emmet Fox." "OK. I'll check it out.", I lied. But lo and behold I did. It was my nex ...more
Carlton R.
Jul 23, 2014 Carlton R. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who want to practice a spiritual life
Recommended to Carlton by: Clancy Uterhart, my AA sponsor
The Sermon On The Mount, Emmet Fox, 1934, reprint 1989

The Sermon On The Mount by Emmet Fox was first published in 1939. This was an interesting time in The United States with many spiritual threads bubbling into a revival. It also had many movements spring up of an evangelical/salvational nature. The two I'm most familiar with were the Oxford Groups (now renamed Moral Rearmament based in Switzerland). An outgrowth of the Oxford Groups was Alcoholics Anonymous. This book by Emmt Fox was required
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Annette
The Sermon on the Mount, by Emmett Fox has been around for a long time. Fox was considered 'New Age' in his time, born 1886. Fox has taken Jesus' sermon and broken it down into little pieces, explaining the applications for our own lives. Fox's Jesus is the Son of a loving Father who gives us divine direction for living happy and prosperous lives.... It is worth the time to read and use the information that you may wish to apply personally.
Andrea Alessi
Every time I read this I learn new pearls. ie." Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measure to you again."

and "Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life."

and "Our wills are ours to make them Thine"


I could go on, but I recommend you read it for yourself:)
Christine Clack
Some of the interpretations are a bit of a stretch, but If you skip chapter 2, and dismiss some of the more outlandish analyses, there's some great insights and masterful writing in there. Does smell suspiciously like the Four Noble Truths to me. But hey, different path/same mountain, right? Now that I'm past my petty balking @ The Beatitudes section, I'm bumping it up a star.
Benjamin Thomas
If you have an interest in learning what Jesus (an enlightened human) really meant with all of his parables and teachings, then read this book. It will reveal why people took an interest in Jesus in the first place and why he has become such a huge influence.... this just makes it clear and reminds you how lost the church really is!
Jaime Maldonado
Love is at the center of Jesus' message..so one must be open to the writer's interpretation and "see things" with the heart(and/or subconcious). Our multiple opinions of the subject matter deserve respect as we continue in our separate spiritual journeys searching for the truth.
Colleen Wainwright
Straightforward, non-zealous, incredibly useful line-by-line "translation" of one of the key Christian texts, as well as one for The Lord's Prayer. If you can't read scripture for the sound of the baggage cars screeching as you do, this could be the book for you.
Mark Fabiano
Sermon on the Mount isn't a book you just read, you live it. you integrate it into your life. A book that compels you to do that is worth reading.
James
The Law of The Universe - What you think in your mind you will produce in your experience. As within, So without....

Great Book, can't wait to read a few more times and really get to know God's Will for me in all areas of my life.
Lori
This is absolutely one of the BEST books I've ever read. Reading it for about the 5th time after a couple of years! It is a book one would want to read over and over again! Never stop reading it!
Carol
I have been on an Emmet Fox reading bender. I cannot get enough of this writing. Self help from 1932? Yes please! Also, a breakdown of bible symbolism. Very cool.
Tim
Metaphysical take on Sermon on the Mount...frustrating so far because of the major holes in his non-theology theology...but there's bits of wisdom here too...
Celene
Excellent, even more inspiring...this book was written in 1934! Love it!
Glenda
One of the best books I've read. I highly recommend it.
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“As you grow in true spiritual power and understanding you will actually find that many outer rules and regulations will become unnecessary; but this will be because you have really risen above them; never, never, because you have fallen below them. This point in your development, where your understanding of Truth enables you to dispense with certain outer props and regulations, is the Spiritual Coming of Age. When you really are no longer spiritually a minor, you will cease to need some of the outer observances that formerly seemed indispensable; but your resulting life will be purer, truer, freer, and less selfish than it was before; and that is the test.” 7 likes
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