ARY BAKER EDDY by Norman Beasley


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The founder of Christian Science must certainly have been an impressive woman personally and intellectually, as well as spiritually. A less devoted biographer, perhaps, could have shown her so; but Mr. Beasley is so awed by his subject that he has written a singularly dull and uninspiring book. The facts seem to be all there, the pertinent documents are all quoted, as are her works and the Bible (copiously); but nowhere is there the spark of narrative ingenuity to make her, or anyone else mentioned, come alive. Her insights and revelations are recounted so matter-of-factly as to be practically meaningless, as: ""In 1862 she was questioning the validity of matter....She was not to speak out on these things until she knew and not to testify until she proved."" Then one looks in vain for the dramatic moments of knowledge and proof. The kindest remark that can be made is that this is a work for dedicated Christian Scientists only--and some of them will find their dedication sorely tried.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1963
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce