Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authority Hardcover – June 1, 1991
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
- Publisher : Writings of Mary Baker Eddy (June 1, 1991)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 535 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0875101429
- ISBN-13 : 978-0875101422
- Item Weight : 2.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 1.75 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,409,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I have read several other Mary Baker Eddy biographies, and feel these volumes, as well as the Gillian Gill tome, are in a class by themselves concerning the story of Mary Baker Eddy's life. Gill seems to be more concerned with the trials Mrs. Eddy had to face, especially the Next Friends suit. Neither have any glaring omissions, but Peel seems to focus more on Mrs. Eddy's vision of transforming her discovery of Christian Science into an international denomination and beyond. This makes sense - as a Christian Scientist, Peel is more concerned than Gill with the saga of Christian Science and how it is entwined with Mrs. Eddy's history.
While Peel may be slightly more sympathetic with Mrs. Eddy than Gill, neither one biographer provides a whitewash of her travails. While this is the most exciting volume of Peel's three volumes, I would not recommend one picking up the book right here. One would do much better to start at the beginning (The Years of Trial), slow as is may be. You'll enjoy it once it really starts to pick up.
There were two streams of Mary Baker Eddy history. One was supplied by supporters, the other by opponents of her cause. Alfred Farlow, Committee on Publication, was one of the people tasked with establishing the official history. Early Eddy manuscripts showed the residual influence of Quimby. Mrs. Eddy herself was unable to engage in retrospective analysis since she was concerned about the future of the movement. In the later years Mrs. Eddy sought to discourage her followers from haunting her drive and using other means to get her attention.
The controversy with the ambitious Augusta Stetson is recounted. The challenges of other followers are given in considerable detail. Finally there is the indication of the issues involved in moving forward after Mrs. Eddy's death to the erection of her movement on the foundation of less personal authority. The notes at the back of the book are one of the best features of it.