Mary Baker Eddy

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 713 pages
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In 1866, a frail, impoverished invalid, middle-aged, widowed and divorced, rose from her bed after a life-threatening fall, asked for her Bible, and took the first steps toward the founding of the Christian Science Church. Four decades later, she was revered as their leader by thousands of churches in the U.S. and Europe, had founded a national newspaper, and had become probably the most powerful woman in America.Who was this astonishing woman, the mother of the Mother Church? How did she prepare for her illustrious career during her years of obscurity, and what was her inspiration for the healing practices and doctrine of Christian Science? Gillian Gill, a non-Christian Science Scientist scholar, who managed to win unparalleled access to the Church archives, offers here an entirely new look at Mary Baker Eddy.For the first time readers will see the extraordinary leadership skills exercised by Mrs. Eddy despite the repressive forces facing women in her time. For the first time we learn the full story of the bizarre attack on Mrs. Eddy by Joseph Pulitzer and his New York World—alleging that she was at least senile and possibly not even alive. In this enthralling biography, we rediscover Mary Baker Eddy as a radical Christian thinker, pioneer in the recognition of mind/body connections, survivor of scandal, and target of both admiration and scorn from such eminent contemporaries as Mark Twain. Gillian Gill’s sense of drama, her critical acumen, and her delicious wit bring to life a brilliant religious leader whose message has new meaning in our time.
  

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User Review  - Annette - Goodreads

Hello! This author does an in depth look into many sides of Mary Baker Eddy and presents a good read for those who are aware of this wonderful woman and those who are not familiar with her hard life. ATK Read full review

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Learned a lot about time and person both. The book really brought home that when Christian Science started there was very poor medical cures Read full review

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Contents

Early Influences Later Memories
4
Father and Brothers
15
The Baker Women of Sanbornton Bridge
27
First Marriage
50
Single Mother
69
Marriage to Dr Patterson
96
A Devilish Smart Woman
123
Fired with the Prescience of a Great Mission
148
More Dissidents and New Rules
340
Building The Mother Church
355
A New Edition of Science and Health and a New Son
368
Pleasant View
384
The Last Class
410
Mrs Woodbury and Her Lawyer
419
Mark Twain Fails to Come Calling
451
The Next Friends Suit
472

The Fall in Lynn
162
Homeless
170
Rebellious Students
189
Science and Health 1875
210
Spofford and Eddy
235
The Conspiracy to Murder Daniel Spofford
258
The Move to Boston and the Death of Gilbert Eddy
272
The Massachusetts Metaphysical College
301
Getting Out the Word
319
Mrs Eddy Wins in Court
498
Chestnut Hill
522
Epilogue
550
RESEARCH NOTE
558
APPENDIX
564
NOTES
584
INDEX
702
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About the author (1999)

Gillian Gill, who holds a Ph.D. in modern French literature from Cambridge, has taught at Northeastern, Wellesley, Yale, and Harvard. She is the author of "Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries" and "Mary Baker Eddy,"
She lives in a suburb of Boston.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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