Gill (Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries, LJ 1/92) writes about the amazingly resilient founder of the Christian Science Church, a woman who weathered indigence, a life-threatening fall, three marriages, various defections of students, and legal challenges. Gill, who was given access to church archives, provides an unbiased portrait of an extraordinary woman who exercised spiritual leadership at a time when women's concerns were supposed to be in the home, not the public arena. Unlike earlier biographers, Gill does not make Eddy into a saint or a devil?she sees Eddy's successes as an expression of her talents, making this book of interest to feminists and historians as well as those interested in Christian Science. Recommended for all libraries.?Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA
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