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Agnes Mary White Sanford


New Thought Author Agnes Sanford

About New Thought Author Agnes Sanford

Agnes Mary White Sanford is considered to be one of the principal founders of the Inner Healing Movement and one of the preeminent spiritual healers of the twentieth century. Her works have greatly inspired Christian and New Thought readers alike. Her first book, The Healing Light, written from both a scientific and metaphysical perspective, is often considered a classic in its field and established her as a leading lay healer and minister within the Christian Church.

Agnes Sanford, born on November 4, 1897, in China. Her mother was a Presbyterian missionary and her father was the Episcopal priest Edgar L. Sanford. She was also the mother of John A. Sanford, the Jungian analyst and author.

Agnes Mary White attended the Shanghai American school as a teenager before traveling to the United States to attend the Peace College in North Carolina. 3 Years later she attended the Agnes Scott College in Georgia. In 1919 Agnes returned to China to teach English at the Presbyterian mission station. Later she would teach at two Episopal schools in Shanghai; St. Mary's school, and later at the Soochow Academy where she met her soon-to-be husband, Edgar (Ted) Sanford.

Earlier in her life, Agnes spent a majority of her free time on her own and roaming the countryside, along with the children within her family, and children of other missionaries and locals in the area. Agnes had suffered from severe, recurrent depression for many years, but eventually freed herself from the condition through powerful and healing visualization and prayer, and through God's healing grace. Mrs. Sanford taught that the principles of prayer and healing are universal--that is, they are included in all religions, yet transcend all religions.

In the 1940's, Sanford began a healing ministry and received Pentecostal experience in 1953/54. Together with her husband, and alone after his death, she spoke and taught groups all over the country about the healing power of prayer. Sanford was also a key figure in the Charismatic Movement in the United States during the 1960s to about 1980, mainly through her writings.

Agnes Sanford was also an Episcopalian faith healer, and had a great influence within the contemplative prayer movement, and the recovered memory movement. The Agnes Sanford School of Pastoral Care was founded in 1958, and has continued to provide hands-on training in the Christian healing ministry for clergy and lay persons for nearly 50 years. Agnes Sangord also played a significant and foundational role in part of the Renewal Movement in the first half of the twentieth century. Agnes Sanford passed away in 1982, in Monrovia, CA.

Published writings by Agnes Sanford:


The Healing Light Teachings

Meet Agnes Sanford - Article Series

Agnes Sanford - The Healing Light

The Agnes Sanford School of Pastoral Care

Agnes Sanford: Pioneer in Healing Ministry and Apostle of the Healing Light of Christ

Agnes Sanford: Apostle of Healing and First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal

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