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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 prIn 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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ISBN : 9780738202273
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Number of Pages : 776 Pages
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Mary Baker Eddy Reviews

  • Jamie
    2019-06-08 23:27

    IT. IS. DONE. (Three months later.)

  • Kenneth Larsen
    2019-06-07 03:11

    Not so much a biography as a history of Mary Baker Eddy and the times in which she lived, which influenced many of her activities and decisions. It is certainly a wonderfully researched, well documented, and objective ('warts and all') examination, if not a little dry in some spots. In the end, though, she emerges most human; complex and inconsistent, but with an insatiable desire to devote herself to studying the Science she discovered.

  • christina
    2019-06-18 21:29

    Fascinating portrait of an era and one of the few female leaders of the time.

  • P. G.
    2019-05-26 01:33

    This description of a woman who started out life penniless and homeless, and who in her middle years founded a religion which is still going strong decades after her death, is astonishing. It is also well documented due to the Christian Science church having given the author unprecedented access to their archives. The wealthy, elderly Ms. Eddy ended up becoming the nemesis of Mark Twain, of all people on earth--which only goes to prove that reality is stranger than fiction.

  • Raully
    2019-05-27 02:32

    As thorough a biography as is possible. The Church of Christ, Scientist, still keeps a close watch on Eddy's papers. Gill saw some but not all, which makes her achievement here all the more remarkable. Eddy has long been a target of character assassination. Her rationalist bent in theology often appears ridiculous to the non-believer. How much more puzzling to the outsider then is the fact this woman single-handedly created one of the larger Christian denominations in the U.S. by herself during a time when women could not even vote? And that she didn't even start doing so until her late forties and two marriages? Gill does battle with Eddy's scoffers and their existing canon of anti-hagiography by defending Eddy as a person and, more importantly, as a woman without succumbing into religious adoration or skirting (so to speak) tough issues. A recommended read.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-15 00:13

    Mary Baker Eddy is a tricky person to get a handle on, and Gill presents here the most scholarly, objective overview in a very long and fraught canon of Eddy biography. This definitely supersedes Robert Peel's three volume biography, which was good for its time but is outdated and tends toward hagiography.Gill was hampered by limited access to sources, though she had more than any non-Church biographer ever has, and by a limited understanding of the Christian Science faith itself, but no one can say she did the job halfway. This is an exhaustive undertaking and not an easy read; it will take you some time. The writing style tends toward the ponderous and the speculative (almost a necessity with a figure as controversial and slippery as Eddy) and Gill inserts far too much of herself into the text.That is not to say this is a bad book; it's really quite good. Just that any reader should have an idea of its flaws in mind, and that the definitive biography of Eddy has yet to be written.

  • Ken
    2019-06-17 22:31

    Such clear writing, taking a controversial subject and making it easy to understand - especially her way of recognizing all the different sources and previous bios of MBE. Read her book of Florence Nightingale, and really appreciated the feminist perspective she brought to that subject, and her perspective for MBE was especially appealing to me. Too often, I think, we guys do not understand what women, and especially 19th women went through.Her description of the steps she took to get (almost full) access to the archives of the Mother Church, really had the feel of investigative journalism. I knew of her, from my youth, but being told she may have been the most powerful women in the early 20th Century really amazed me, but, with 800,000 followers and a (relative) fortune, I can see it. Gillian Gill captured, I believe, her drive, cantankerousness, philosophy, but, more important, she told one hell of a great story. One needs no background in Christian Science to really enjoy this book.

  • Alex Myers
    2019-06-10 22:23

    I found this very readable, absorbing, and thoughtful. In particular, I appreciated Gill's approach (as articulated in the introduction) of trying to produce both sides of the story. I felt that she researched thoroughly and was fair: inquisitive, sympathetic, skeptical... ultimately honest. The start felt richer than the end - at times towards the very end it seemed that she assumed some familiarity with the history of Christian Science (which I don't have). Otherwise, delightful - such a great insight into how women leaders were handled in society and in the media of the time.

  • Kate Schatz
    2019-05-24 19:13

    I just started this, but am excited by it so far. It's really massive, and one of the few bios on Mary Baker Eddy not written by a Christian Scientist or a major CS critic. It's a good companion to the other MBE bio I'm reading, which is from 1907 and was totally CS sanctioned. Gill's bio style is appealing thus far. She also wrote one on Agatha Christie. Which I don't think I'll read.

  • Cara
    2019-05-25 21:19

    I need to finish reading it. I've read through the first few chapters, which were hard to get through b/c the subject matter was somewhat dry to me. I'm sure it picks up though. I do enjoy Gillian Gill's perspective as a non-Christian Scientist and how she comes to respect and admire Mary Baker Eddy.

  • Wavelength
    2019-06-12 20:15

    Gillian Gill's talent lies in being able to bring an historical figure to life within the context of the times in which they lived. Not only do I learn about the person, but I deepen my understanding of the time in history. Her books deserve close reading and in return, deliver a deeper understanding of the obstacles famous women have overcome.

  • Ali
    2019-06-17 21:13

    The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because it's sooooo long and sometimes a little academic. But it's fabulous! All I ever wanted to know - and didn't know I wanted to know - about my church.

  • Annette
    2019-06-11 02:13

    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

  • Doris Cook
    2019-06-15 22:25

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