This controversial biography of the founder of the Christian Science church was serialized in McClure's Magazine in 1907-8 and published as a book the next year. It disappeared almost overnight and has been difficult to find ever since. Although a Canadian mewspaperwoman named Georgine Milmine collected the material and was credited as the author, The Life Of Mary Baker G.This controversial biography of the founder of the Christian Science church was serialized in McClure's Magazine in 1907-8 and published as a book the next year. It disappeared almost overnight and has been difficult to find ever since. Although a Canadian mewspaperwoman named Georgine Milmine collected the material and was credited as the author, The Life Of Mary Baker G. Eddy was actually written by Willa Cather, an editor at McClure's at that time. In his introduction to this Bison Book edition, David Stouck reveals new evidence of Cather's authorship of The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy. He discusses her fidelity to facts and her concern with psychology and philosophy that would take creative form later on. Indeed, this biography contains "some of the finest portrait sketches and reflections on human nature that Willa Cather would ever write."Also known as:Mary Baker EddyMary Baker GloverMary Baker Glover Eddy~...
|Title||:||The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science|
|Format Type||:||Library Binding|
|Number of Pages||:||495 Pages|
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The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science Reviews
In the realm of this book's truth, nothing is whitewashed or smoothed over. Suppressed for decades, this is a spectacularly unvarnished account of the developing church and its founder -- revealing splinters and all. Fifty years ago I would have devoured this book, had it been available in my local public library. Structurally flawed due to occasional repetitious passages, and a narrative which skitters to and fro on the timeline of events, it earns five stars from me, today, for surviving its suppression and sating my appetite belatedly.
This is a weird book to have on my shelf but for many reasons I should have read it years ago. As oddball of a topic as it is, this book provided me some of the best therapy ever.I was raised in Christian Science, where you're taught that matter doesn't exist and that you can pray away all disease and injury. I rarely went to a doctor or dentist and only at my father's insistence (he being an atheist). Never took medications. I left the church a long time ago but have still found myself battling guilt whenever I take an aspirin or put a bandaid on a child's booboo.I was taught that Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was literally the second coming of Christ. That her book, Science and Health, was the little book referenced in Revelations. Well... hah!Turns out that she stole the ideas and much of the phrasings in Christian Science from a man named Phineas Quimby (great name) - there are her own letters to support this. She was a literal sociopath, obviously paranoid and clearly delusional. Also insanely greedy but I figure that's a minor charge in the hilarity this book contains.In general I'm not a petty person. I don't enjoy when others have misfortune or compare my blessings to others. But this.. oh god I got no end of petty, vindictive, therapeutic pleasure from this book, and if you are a recovering Christian Scientist I highly recommend it. The curtain was swept away and all that was left was a grasping, paranoid, liar of a woman. Who slept in a cradle until she was in her 80s (see? Petty! It feels amazing!)