MARY BAKER EDDY by Louise A. Smith


Age Range: 11 & up
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 This entry in the ``American Women of Achievement'' series, though it relies on others' interpretations and biographies, creates a balanced portrait of the religious leader, allowing readers to decide for themselves about Eddy's spirituality and her contributions. The founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, lived a devout childhood, but it was a later, violent fall on an icy sidewalk (and her subsequent healing) that began the steps toward her worldwide ministry. She lived to a vigorous old age. Adhering to series convention, Smith refers variously to her subject as ``Baker'' (her maiden name), ``Glover,'' ``Patterson,'' or ``Eddy,'' depending on her most recent nominal transformation--the results of seemingly inconsequential marriages, all of which ended in widowhood or divorce. This makes any but a serial reading nearly impossible; those looking up facts for reports will have a bit of a struggle. Still, useful. Appendix; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 11+)

Pub Date: June 14th, 1991
ISBN: 1-55546-652-4
Page count: 112pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1991