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.
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 1 month ago by M. Potter
Caroline Fraser is an American writer who has also written Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven H. Propp
This book is so good! I've read most of the books for ex-Scientists and have found this to be the best. It is objective and very well written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John L
I got the feeling that this book is written from the point of view that CS is magic......it is not and the 'spell' did not hold for them. Nothing to do with CS.Published 9 months ago by Thayer Eldridge
...unless you are a Christian Scientist and don't like the church's dirty laundry being aired. Very thorough, well-researched and easy to read. Mrs. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Nuggetroid
There is logic and moderation possible, but none appears here.
This book is the venting of one person's personal view, and one family's experience in parenting, which didn't... Read more
Interesting to see the reviews here oscillating between 5 stars and 1, which suggests that many readers had made up their minds before they opened the covers of this book. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Skipperdoodle
"God's Perfect Child" is a powerful expose of Christian Science. Christian Science Reading Rooms are ubiquitous downtown in cities, and they look inoffensive. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Amaranth
It is sad, yet predictable that a person whose career has never found success has played upon the hype and naivety of the general population. Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Jimmy