MARY BAKER EDDY: Child of Promise by Marian King

MARY BAKER EDDY: Child of Promise

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Little did the world know that Monday, July 16, 1821 (the birth of Mary Baker Eddy) was destined to be a memorable day in religious history""; neither, unfortunately, will the reader know when he has finished the book: it is painstaking and reverential without revealing the founder of Christian Science as an authentic mind or voice. Her life, to age forty-five, detailed with the flatness of a diary, was half stable family, pleasant pastimes, precocious scholarship, half misery: widowed with an unborn child, she lacked the strength to manage him, the means to raise him, lost much-admired brother and mother, married again for security, was deceived and repeatedly abandoned, once dispossessed by her own sister. Two threads persist throughout: her invalidism and her uncommon religiosity; these finally merge, after her treatment by mind healer Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, in the tenets of what her third husband (not met here) called Christian Science. Even young people raised in the faith will find this slow-going; others will find it impenetrable and unpenetrating.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1968
Publisher: Prentice-Hall