Catherine Ponder

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Catherine Ponder (born February 14, 1927, in Hartsville, South Carolina) is an American minister and founder of Unity Church Worldwide, affiliated with the Unity Church, and author of several New Thought books on mainly focused on the theme of prosperity.[1]

Catherine Ponder is considered one of America's foremost inspirational authors. She has written more than a dozen books, which include such bestsellers as her Millionaires of the Bible series. She is a minister of the non-denominational Unity faith and has been described as "the Norman Vincent Peale among lady ministers." She has served in Unity Churches since 1956, and heads a global ministry in Palm Desert, California.

After studying business she enrolled in the Unity Ministerial School, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1956. She was ordained as a Unity Church minister in 1958, with an initial ministry in Birmingham, Alabama (1958–61). She founded ministries in Austin, Texas (1961–69), San Antonio (1969–73) and Palm Desert, California in 1973, where she remains minister.

Ponder wrote her first prosperity book The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity in the early 1960s whilst living in Birmingham, Alabama. Her life expanded dramatically whilst she was in the midst of finishing that book. She married and moved to the southwest, where her husband taught at the University of Texas. Much later, after her husband's death, her life changed again. In the early 1970s, another move took her to San Antonio, Texas. There she remarried and wrote a sequel to that earlier book, entitled Open Your Mind to Prosperity.

She has given lectures on the universal principles of prosperity in most of the major cities of America (and a lot of small ones, too): from Town Hall and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, to the Phoenix Country Club in Arizona, to the Pioneer Theater Auditorium in Reno, Nevada. From Honolulu to New Orleans she has given interviews on television and radio, as well as numerous interviews by the print media.

Ponder's The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity was included among 50 'success classics' in an eponymous book [2] by personal development scholar Tom Butler-Bowdon. Her Open Your Mind To Prosperity was separately featured in his book 50 Prosperity Classics.[3]


  • The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity (1962, released in French in 1980 by Les Éditions Un monde différent))
  • The Prosperity Secrets of the Ages (1964)
  • The Dynamic Laws of Healing (1966)
  • The Healing Secrets of the Ages (1967)
  • Pray and Grow Rich (1968)
  • Open Your Mind To Prosperity (1971)
  • The Millionaires of Genesis (1976)
  • The Millionaire Moses (1977)
  • The Millionaire Joshua (1978)
  • The Millionaire from Nazareth (1979)
  • Open Your Mind To Receive (1983, 2008. Released in French in 1997 by Les Éditions Un monde différent)
  • Secret of Unlimited Prosperity (1983)
  • The Prospering Power of Prayer (1983)
  • Dare to Prosper! (1983)
  • The Dynamic Laws of Prayer (1987)
  • A Prosperity Love Story: Rags to Enrichment (memoir) (2003). DeVorss & Company. pp. 224 ISBN 978-0875167879
  • Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing by Paula Langguth Ryan (foreword by Catherine Ponder) (2005) ISBN 978-1889605074
  • The Prospering Power of Love (2006 Revised & Updated)


  1. ^ Who's Who In The World 2008, p.2008
  2. ^ Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2004). 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work and Life from 50 Landmark Books. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey. (ISBN 978-1-85788-333-6). "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity", Chapter 35.
  3. ^ Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2008). 50 Prosperity Classics: Attract It, Create It, Manage It, Share It: Wisdom From the Most Valuable Books on Wealth Creation and Abundance. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey. (ISBN 978-1-85788-504-0). "Open Your Mind To Prosperity", Chapter 37.

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Books by Catherine Ponder

Unity Church Worldwide - Catherine Ponder, Founding Minister