Katy Koontz: Most people think of
money and finances when they think
of prosperity, but you advise not
limiting the definition in this way. Why
is having a broader view important?
Catherine Ponder: The word prosper
in its root means “wholeness.” You
are prosperous to the degree that
you are experiencing peace, health,
and plenty in your world. In Charles
Fillmore’s book Prosperity, he
describes the power of prosperous
thinking in this way: “Turn the great
energy of the thinking upon ideas
of plenty, and you will have plenty—
regardless of what people about you
are doing or saying.”
KK: Tithing—giving 10 percent of
your gross income to the source of
your spiritual sustenance—is a key
part of your prosperity teaching. You
make the point that tithing generates
prosperity only when you give
gratefully and without fear instead of
out of obligation. What advice do you
have for anxious tithers?
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The name Catherine Ponder has long been
synonymous in Unity circles with studying the
laws of prosperity. Ponder was a young widow
and single mother working as a legal secretary
when she began reading about prosperity.
She was ordained in 1958, the same year a
recession hit. At the request of two women
attending Unity of Birmingham, where Ponder
then served, the newly minted minister began
teaching a weekly prosperity course based
on Charles Fillmore’s 1936 book Prosperity.
Ponder would go on to found three Unity
churches—two in Texas and a global ministry
based in California, where she still serves.
Through it all, Ponder has written 17 books,
including several best-sellers, and has lectured
widely. Soon after celebrating her 90th
birthday, she discussed her life and her work
with Unity Magazine editor Katy Koontz.
PRINCIPLES OF PROSPERITY