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Linda Kramer has lectured at professional conferences and given numerous media interviews regarding Christian Science. She is a former Christian Scientist and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bookworld Services (November 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563841711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563841712
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Dale A. Lewis, EXCS Christian@aol.com on March 11, 2000
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I recognize that titles are designed to sell books, but, in this case, I fear that the title may unfortunately disguise Dr. Linda Kramer's book as a bit of latter-day yellow journalism instead of framing it as the thoughtful, respectful, and groundbreaking work that it is.
Like Dr. Kramer, I am a former-Christian Scientist who has extensive contact with other former-Christian Scientists. That something is wrong in Christian Science became obvious to me as I listened to the stories of other former-Christian Scientists, learned from them about the "little secrets" that family members and friends remaining in Christian Science were attempting to deny out of existence, and began to honestly assess what I had seen and experienced during the first quarter century of my life when I was a Christian Scientist.
There are plenty of Christian Science children, wrenching stories of family members who suffered and died due to treatable diseases, and an entire denomination in denial about its obvious meteoric decline. It took Dr. Kramer to pull all of the pieces together and to make sense out of this.
But to categorize Christian Science as a mind controlling cult? Christian Science is not the Unification Church or Hare Krishna or Jonestown or Heaven's Gate. Far from being drawn from the margins of society, Christian Scientists are typically cultured, pleasant, well educated, and, not infrequently, well-to-do. Is there heavy pressure on members from other Christian Scientists? Generally not. Food or sleep deprivation? Hardly. Lovebombing in a Christian Science Church? Uh, no. A strong, charismatic leader? But Mary Baker Eddy has been dead for almost 90 years!
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful By E. Popp on July 8, 2008
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I have been a Christian Scientist for all of my 25 years. As a healthy woman from a healthy family, I am troubled by the stories in this book. These are the negative experiences. I would recommend balancing the negative experiences recorded in this book with some more positive experiences in Christian Science, which can be read in the Christian Science Journal or Sentinel. One must also remember that tragic deaths occur in other religions, and under medical care. It is always a choice that Christian Scientists have to make - medical care or CS care. Many of the Christian Scientists I know do seek out medical care.

Christian Science is a religion that one must make his or her own. There are no rules about seeking medical attention or information as the author implies. Yes, the CS textbook is old. It was written in the 19th century with ideas pertinent to that era, but the ideas, the principles, are what is important in Christian Science. I lived a very happy and healthy Christian Science childhood. The experiences of extremists must not be used to color the perception of Christian Science or Christian Scientists in general.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2000
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I'm a former Christian Scientist, and I do have my issues with this religion. Nevertheless, I think this author sadly misses the mark. I've known a large number of CS people, and I can truthfully say that this religion is no cult. It definitely is different from almost all mainstream Christian religions, but I encourage anyone who wants to know more about it to look through Gillian Gill's biography of the church's founder, Mary Baker Eddy. This will give you much more insight to the religion, without leaving you feeling that you're just supporting Kramer's personal vendetta by buying this book. Any religion taken to an extreme can become a cult. This author seems to have to have someone to tell her how to think. She's jumped from CS to fundamentalism. The latter isn't exactly renowned for encouraging people to think for themselves. This book is simply Kramer's sad attempt to justify her unhappiness with CS by using a lot of jargon that doesn't apply. This is nothing but a personal diatribe against a religion. There are some good books on the market that do point out some of the problems in CS, including "Blue Windows." No, I don't necessarily advocate CS, but for the sake of fairness, I definitely don't recommend this biased book. Think for yourself, and, if you must buy this book, make sure you learn about both sides of the story. Believe me, you won't find it here!
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68 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2006
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I was rather shocked to read many of the falsehoods and irresponsible so-called research this author did regarding Christian Science. We can find crazy people in EVERY religion in every part of the world! She takes extreme examples and media exaggerated hype and states it as a journalistic fact. This book is like an extreme right wing nut bashing the gay community and breeding hate. Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy was ahead of its time and is only becoming more and more respected as time goes on. The Church has NEVER told people to not go to the doctor or not to utilize modern medicine. I started as a catholic...was raised mostly with Christian Science beliefs...converted to reform Judaism when married to my first husband...have attended the Unitarian Church and read quite a bit about Eastern religions and philosophy. I've explored and been open minded about many different belief systems throughout my lifetime but have recently gone back to the core beliefs of Christian Science... they are powerful and real and have been proven to work over and over again to me..and I can be quite the sceptic about many things! Albert Einstein was amazed by Christian Science and spoke of it with great respect, reverence and awe. Not everything works for everyone...we are a free society and this type of ridiculous bashing shouldn't be respected or believed until you read Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. After that...meet many of the practitioners in CS and you'll see how un-cultlike it truly is. If you look hard enough...you can always find a bad seed but trust me...most of the people involved are intelligent, educated, kind and serene. Don't believe this book or a few people that have taken a wonderful concept and twisted it into something scary.
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