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Science and Health: textbook for self-improvement

From the September 1993 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Most bookstores and libraries have a special section called "self-improvement" or "self-help"—filled with books, tapes, and videos that profess to make you a better person. Some of these say that they can make you an expert on Oriental cooking or plumbing or a foreign language. Others show you how to manage your time or make money or find a spouse. Still others say they can make you feel better—through exercise, diet, or learning to live with terminal illness.

But many readers of this magazine would recommend a very different kind of book to help change one's life. It's one that—along with the Bible—is their friend, physician, pastor, and textbook for living. This book is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Unlike most of the self-improvement books you'd find in a bookstore, Science and Health doesn't hinge on a material or psychological technique for bringing about change. Instead, this book urges its readers to change the quality of their thoughts—to shift the very basis of their thinking from matter to Spirit, from an on-and-off belief in God to a concrete faith in His infinite goodness, His constant love.