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Mary Baker Eddy

Who Was Mary Baker Eddy?

Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910) was an influential American author, teacher, and religious leader, noted for her groundbreaking ideas about spirituality and health, which she named Christian Science. She articulated those ideas in her major work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, first published in 1875. Four years later she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, which today has branch churches and societies around the world. In 1908 she launched The Christian Science Monitor, a leading international newspaper, the recipient, to date, of seven Pulitzer Prizes.

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Mary Baker Eddy Library

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Biographies

Christian Healer

For anyone interested in healing through prayer—as a practical approach to well-being or as a topic of investigation—Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer is an incomparable resource. For the first time, all of her more than 300 known documented healings have been collected into one volume. This follows Mary Baker Eddy from obscurity to her enormous fame as an eminent thinker and religious leader. From her Puritan 19th century upbringing, throughout her life of compassion for others and devotion to God, you can watch her development as an insightful student of the Bible and her rediscovery and practice of healing in the name of Christ Jesus. It also tells of her work to support and spread the practice of this Bible-based healing method: writing Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; founding The Church of Christ, Scientist; teaching metaphysical healing; and founding and publishing magazines and The Christian Science Monitor—all of which continue today.

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Mary Baker Eddy

In this comprehensive biography, scholar Gillian Gill portrays what she calls Mary Baker Eddy's "astonishing life." After carefully examining both published and un-published historical materials, Gill presents Eddy as a radical Christian thinker and a pioneer in recognizing the connection between spirituality and healing, as well as an extraordinary leader despite the severe obstacles women faced in the nineteenth century. Says Gill of her subject, "From the moment I began to read about [Eddy] she fascinated me, and although she and I appeared to have little or nothing in common, she came to command my respect, my admiration, and even my affections."

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A World More Bright, The Life of Mary Baker Eddy

This new easy to read book, A World More Bright, covers Mrs. Eddy's life from the early days in Bow, New Hampshire to her later years in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The reader will learn not only about her remarkable achievements, but also about the discovery of Christian Science and the international church which she founded. This biography is a fascinating account for newcomers, youth and those already acquainted with Mary Baker Eddy.

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We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Volume I

This book weaves together a colorful tapestry of reminiscences by 22 individuals who interacted with Mary Baker Eddy- some for a few days, others for years.

Readers will find in these pages a more intimate portrait of Eddy than a typical biography could provide, including glimpses into her daily routines and relationships, a behind-the-scenes look at the Leader of Christian Science, and striking examples of the spiritual strength and personal sacrifice underpinning this remarkable woman's accomplishments.

Each voice in this volume is unique, intriguing, and inspiring. The book's primary objective is to shed light on Eddy and her life, but readers will enjoy getting to know the authors as well - interesting and lively figures in their own right.

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We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Volume II

This compilation of 22 reminiscences about Mary Baker Eddy brings to life a dynamic period of nearly 25 years when her accomplishments included establishing a spiritual foundation for the governance of her Church with the Church Manual, and founding a newspaper, The Chrisitan Science Monitor. Readers will find compelling accounts of interactions with Mary Baker Eddy that shed a new light on her and her life. These early workers share an intriguing perspective on their own lives, and their accounts illustrate the enduring commitment and unswerving loyalty they expressed.

640 pages long, includes introduction, author biographies, 75 photographs and illustrations, endnotes and index.

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"HEAL THE SICK..." These words of Christ Jesus encircling the Cross and Crown seal on this book are a sweet promise that we all possess the ability to heal ourselves, our families, our world.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures explains the spiritual teachings of the Bible, revealing the divine Science that, when understood, brings healing to all aspects of our lives and the world.

For over 135 years, readers have testified that this book has given them a spiritual sense of the Bible and their permanent relationship to God, which resulted in physical healing and spiritual uplift. The last one hundred pages of this book are letters from just a few of those readers. One such letter notes that in reading this book, "I have found a God whom I can love and worship with my whole heart, and I now read my Bible with interest and understanding. I was healed of very bad rheumatism simply by reading Science and Health."

Author, teacher, and healer, Mary Baker Eddy questioned conventional views about science, theology, and medicine, and for years searched the Bible for answers. She writes, "In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science." From that time forward, she devoted her life to practicing this healing Science of Christianity, teaching others how to heal in the same way, and sharing her profound insights with the world.

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In her central work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explains that Christianity is based on spiritual laws. Here, in these collected Prose Works, she is sharing how she applied those Christianly scientific laws in her own healing ministry and church leadership. Throughout this compilation, which includes sermons, articles, and correspondence with churches, Mary Baker Eddy invites readers on a journey to experience the power, grace, and promise of Christian Science.

Generations of readers, in accepting this invitation, have found themselves face to face with the compelling fire of Christianity’s original message of healing. And in studying this book, they find they aren’t simply reading about healing, but are being healed by what they are reading – a message of Christianity’s timeless healing power in our lives today.

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To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

Mary Baker Eddy

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

 

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