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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (Authorized, Trade Ed.) Paperback – October 1, 1994

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Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) continues to be one of the most influential authors on the relation of mind, body, and spirit. She was a remarkable lecturer, reformer, spiritual healer, and religious figure whose ideas challenged mainstream beliefs about the nature of existence and the power of prayer to heal. Although she struggled in her early adult years with poor health and financial and family hardship, her deep love of the Bible was a continual source of comfort and support. The insights she gained transformed her own life, and formed the basis for the pioneering ideas in Science and Health.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: The Christian Science Board of Directors; Pap/Cdr edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879520388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879520380
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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122 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Tobin Sparfeld on April 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
The reviews here are all pretty much one way or another. Most readers seem to like Science and Health, while many others have some strong negative comments/reviews. It should be addressed here, however, that many reviews are about the Christian Science Church rather than the book itself.

Some individuals have had negative experiences with the Church/religion, and while their experiences are certainly valid, I am not about to defend the shortcomings of a human institution in this space. I do feel the need, however, to distinguish between a religion and its book. People, for example, may have had problems with the Catholic faith in their life, but that's no reason to start bashing the Bible or giving it a one-star rating.

What few seem to discuss here is the book's central thesis, that God exists and that His divine laws should be directly applicable to us in our daily lives. I personally happen to agree with this statement, but I can also understand why some out there would disagree. Maybe they don't believe in God, or don't believe in Jesus' teachings. Maybe they don't think that God can affect their daily lives.

There are 100 pages of testimonials of people who were healed of various ailments from reading this book. Will your life be permanently changed by reading this book? It could. At the very least, you will read a book that makes you think about your personal relationship with God. For me, that's something that is without price.
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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Rather than say what I thought of the words in this book, I'd like to say what those words did to change my life.
Through reading this book, Science & Health by Mary Baker Eddy, I gained an understanding of the richness and depth of the Holy Bible.
As I worked my way through Science and Health, I found myself using less medicine, enjoying better health and above all *ABOVE ALL*, I found a sense of peace I'd never known. The peace that passeth all understanding.
What a sweet and blessed relief that was for me and my family.
Since childhood, I'd suffered from frequent bouts of sinus troubles and sore throats. About two years after I began reading Mrs. Eddy's book, those troubles simply disappeared and never recurred.
Ever since I was young, a felt an intense, even insatiable longing to know "the meaning of life". I read countless books on countless religions and belief systems, but when I studied Science & Health, I remembered thinking, "This woman has got something here..." That longing to know more about life was satisfied by reading her book and digging into the Bible with new understanding.
Thomas Moore said "Earth has no sorrow, that heaven cannot heal." Science and Health proves Moore's statement and shows how heaven [God] *does* heal.
Rose Thornton
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Just me on May 14, 2005
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Wow! I am not a Christian Scientist, but I can't believe the hatred directed towards this book and Mary Baker Eddy. I stumbled onto this book by chance and read it. All I can say is please read it before commenting on Christian Science or its founder. IMHO, the teachings contained in Science & Health in no way conflict with those of Jesus or anyone in the New Testament; in fact, they support them. To deny the theories set forth in this book would be to deny that Jesus ever healed a single patient, or performed any miracles. If you don't believe in Jesus, then that's no problem. Sure, Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life", and He also said, "of my own self I can do nothing" - well, which one is it? You need to use your mind for this and think. I found when reading this book, I could find no contradictory statements in the entire 700 pages of it. Also, considering what we know of the universe and matter today, it's astounding how correct Mary Baker Eddy was over 100 years ago. Most of the Bible quotes from "reviewers" here are taken out of context. If you want to know WHY it's important to "Love thy neighbor as thyself", besides the old "you'll go to hell!" then do yourself a favor and read this book.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By on September 17, 1998
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Science and Health isn't a quick read, by any means, but it is worth every ounce of effort to dig through each paragraph and chapter. My life has changed tremendously since I started reading and studying this textbook on healing, and I'm sure yours will too. The healing that takes place in thought as we read through each paragraph is FOR REAL!! The last 100 pages of this 700 page book, are stories and testimonies of healing, from those that read the book. Many of these individuals were completely written-off by the medical profession. There are healings from accidents, tumors, depression, stomach problems, blindness, you name it. No herbs, no massage, no witchcraft, all they did was read the book. Their understanding changed, and so did the physical manifestations. This book also gives us some wonderful wisdom about relationships and marriage, in the chapter titled, "Marriage". I especially love the first chapter of the book, "Prayer". It is a step by step instruction in how to pray more effectively, and can be helpful to anyone in search of a greater daily connection to God. As you can tell, I highly recommend this book, and also its companion, the Bible.
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