Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy


Mary Baker Eddy, whom Mark Twain called "the most interesting woman who ever lived, " rose in mid-life from poverty, illness, and obscurity to become the revered leader of the christian Science Church. Gillian Gill's full-scale biography is the first to portray her as neither a saint nor a demon, but a woman of extraordinary talents who overcame the repressive forces of society, jealousy, intrigue, and scandal to found a powerful, wealthy church and a world-class newspaper.


When we do not know a person--and also when we do--we have to judge the size and nature of his achievements as compared with the achievements of others in his special line of business-- there is no other way. Measured by this standard, it is thirteen hundred years since the world has produced anyone who could reach up to Mrs. Eddy's waistbelt.

In several ways she is the most interesting woman that ever lived, and the most extraordinary.


THE MOTHER CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST NESTLES IN THE flank of its Extension, a proud parent dwarfed by its elegant offspring. Standing under the little tower of the church, I see a stained glass window depicting a woman seated at a table as light pours down on her from above. Surely this is Mrs. Eddy, shown as she was writing the first edition of Science and Health under the skylight in the garret in Lynn. Close to the window an inscription reads:

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, erected Anno Domini, 1894. A testimonial to our beloved teacher, The Rev.Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science; author of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"; president of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, and the first pastor of this denomination.

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