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Mr. Dickey: Secretary to Mary Baker Eddy Paperback – August 1, 2005

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorne Publishing (August 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0972627340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972627344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baxter is a class-taught fifty-year member of the Mother Church and banch churches. She is the 2000 recipient of the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in history from the Indiana Historical Society.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Phare Pleigh on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Christian Scientists, as well as students of American religious history,

will welcome this engaging new biography of Adam Dickey, Mary Baker Eddy's

right-hand secretary. The fact that it is addended to by his hard-to-find

Memoirs about her makes the book a complete package.

For the first time, author Nancy Niblack Baxter has had access to the

Dickey papers, both from the Dickey family and from the Christian Science

Church archival collection. They put this singular man into context and

shed fresh light on the founder of Christian Science. "Mr. Dickey" is a

window into the last years of her life and the first decade of the church

following her passing.

We first see Adam Dickey as member of a large Canadian family that

migrated to Kansas City to establish a lucrative clay pipe business at a

time in America's gilded age when roads were being built and sanitary sewers

were becoming a necessity.

Although he worked successfully in the business for a number of years,

Dickey was more attracted to things of the spirit. Introduced to Christian

Science before the turn of the 20th century, he took to it almost

immediately. He had class instruction twice from Christian Science pioneer,

Edward Kimball, and was recruited to serve in the household of the

religion's founder a few years later.

While there, Dickey witnessed Eddy's triumphs and trials, and stood by

her with courage, unquestioning loyalty, and ardent prayer.
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