Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Inspired Writing, Inspired Reading

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Inspired Writing, Inspired Reading

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THERE'S one book I can never get enough of! To me, it's a best friend, a confidant, a counselor, the last (and first!) word on anything. The book is the Bible. It's not like other books, I find. To be understood, it needs study, deep study. It demands a life lived after its spiritual ideals. Those who wrote this book were much more than teachers, poets, historians, prophets. They were people who were listening to God's voice in their lives. So the words they left flowed from more than human experience and intellect. The words flowed from realizing the powerful presence of God's love. Mary Baker Eddy, the Founder of the Christian Science Church, learned to love the Bible as she was growing up. Years later she turned to it in a time of extreme need, and it healed her. As a result of her renewed study and prayer, she discovered the divine laws that lay behind that healing, laws that enable us to heal today as in Jesus' time. Robert Peel, in his book Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery, reports an incident that occurred not long after this healing. While Mrs. Eddy was rooming with the Clark family, she called their son George, a young man at the time, into her apartment. She said to him, he recalled later, "I want to tell you Georgie, that I have had a revelation, or a revealing of a mystery, that will give health, instead of sickness, and eternal life, to us, instead of death." Though she then several times read to George the few verses from Luke that had communicated this revelation, he admitted, "It possessed to me, no more importance, than any other part of the Gospel, accorded to St. Luke" (pp. 210- 211). Clearly, Mrs. Eddy was bringing something more to her study of the Bible than George was. And yet, what Mrs. Eddy found wasn't just another way of looking at Christ Jesus. …
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