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Lives inspired by Mary Baker Eddy's example

How has your life been inspired by Mary Baker Eddy’s? Her life journey—in particular her rediscovery of the spiritual laws that enabled Christ Jesus to heal—has spoken to people through the decades and across cultural barriers.

A Sister, a mother, a friend

From the September 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Like Mary Baker Eddy, I too am a daughter of New England. I grew up in Massachusetts, and vacationed in New Hampshire and Maine. Even as a young girl, I loved the Bible. I would go off by myself and read from my beloved Bible, sometimes outside sitting on a large rock next to a small pond. I was always interested in things of the spirit and taught Sunday School at the age of 15 in the Baptist Church.

In high school I was intrigued by the poems and writings of the New England Transcendentalists, and in my junior year I wrote my term paper on Ralph Waldo Emerson. As it happens, I wrote my senior term paper on Mrs. Eddy and Christian Science. I remember being awed by her “scientific statement of being” in Science and Health. This was to me truly transcendental.

I never knew anyone who was a Christian Scientist until my senior year at college, where I met the man who is now my husband. Our relationship had blossomed, and we both felt that we might be headed for a deeper commitment. It was important to Chris that I understood his religion and knew where he was coming from. Instead of trying to discuss the basic ideas of Christian Science, he presented me with a lovely blue leather copy of Science and Health. I read it eagerly. The words found a deep connection with my spiritually hungry heart. I couldn’t stop reading it. Just as many others have stated, I could say it was everything I always knew to be true.

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