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Fraser, a literary critic and poet who was raised a Christian Scientist, has a relentless analytic bent and an acute eye for physical detail, both of which are in evidence on every page of this book. Her stories of parents whose attempts at faith-healing resulted in their children's deaths are especially poignant. These stories also illuminate and analyze the fears and pains that have plagued many Christian Scientists who subscribe to Eddy's belief that individuals can control their physical destiny by force of faith. Ultimately, Fraser has little sympathy for the obdurate self-reliance advocated by Christian Scientist doctrine, which she sees as a forerunner to the extremist paranoia of contemporary cults. "The suggestibility, infatuation, and enthusiasm that sparked Christian Science ... lies behind our current anxious fixations on imaginary perils and medical conspiracies," Fraser writes. "Florid though they may seem, such fears can have far from imaginary consequences."
The goal of Fraser's book is to track down and annihilate irrational fears in the religion of her childhood; her reason for doing so, however, exudes an undeniably spiritual grace: "Should we continue to pursue [these fears], our providences will surely grow ever more remarkable." --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am so sorry for Fraser's loss and attitude, but do not think slamming and blaming the religion is the answer.Published 2 days ago by madmax
I grew up as a Christian Scientist, and I find God's Perfect Child to be an extremely distorted view
of the Christian Science Church. Read more
Extensively researched and objectively written, this book covers everything: the history of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy as a person, a bit of the atmosphere that fostered... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elle W.
God's Perfect Child is an eye-opening account of the Christian Science church and of Mary Baker Eddy. I can't recommend this book enough. It is a great book! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill
After reading this book, I had to contact Caroline Fraser and tell her how spot on her book was!!! I was also raised as a Christian Scientist, from a mixed marriage ( a term I had... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Wedeward
This was much more to wade through than expected, but the author is a journalist and obviously really wants to present her information in an informed and documented manner. Read morePublished 14 months ago by sandiegonana
As an ex-Christian Scientist raised by CS parents this book frames the whole crazy experience of growing up and growing out of supernatural beliefs in the broader historical... Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Potter
Caroline Fraser is an American writer who has also written Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven H Propp