Mary Baker Eddy, 1821-1910

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Woman Category: Health, Religion & Ethnic Culture, and Science & TechnologyWoman Tags: Author, Greater Boston Women, Poet, Scientist, and Spiritual Leader

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    A spiritual leader and author, famous for establishing the Christian Science Movement.

    Mary Baker Eddy was 44 years old when she made the discovery that changed her life from a farm girl to one of the most powerful women of her day. It was 1866, and she fell on ice in Lynn and knocked unconscious. While her doctors assumed that she was going to die, she was healed after a few days of reading her Bible. Motivated to share her revelation and heal others, she started with her niece as her first patient.
    She named her innovative ideas “Christian Science” and fast became a popular but controversial speaker about the link between spirituality and health. At the age of 54, Baker Eddy published “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”. It was an immediate best-seller, with sales of over 10 million copies, but she rewrote it 432 times, compulsively revisiting the book until her last month.
    Disappointed that existing Christian churches would not embrace her discovery, she started her own “Church of Christ, Scientist,” which today has branches around the world. In 1902 she hosted an international conference of over 15,000 participants in Boston. Despite her tremendous success, she was paranoid and distrusted her own followers.

    “The seeker of truth will find it”

    “The seeker of truth will find it”


    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • She was the target of gossip papers which inspired her to establish her own newspaper. The “Christian Monitor” was first published when she was 87 years old – and since it continues to be a leading international newspaper, recipient of several Pulitzer Prizes.
    • She was married three times. Her first husband died when she was pregnant with her first and only child. Her second husband deserted her. Her third husband was a patient whom she healed.
    • Through her life, she moved and lived in many places, including New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
    • In her 20s, she opened a kindergarten school in Sanbornton, New Hampshire.
    • She was writing prose and poetry from an early age. A book that contains 48 of her poems written from childhood through adult life was published in the year of her death, 1910.
    • At the age of 4, when she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied: “I want to write a book”.
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    * Honored in the National Women’s Hall of Fame (1995)

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  • Mary Baker Eddy: Her Life and Legacy

    Mary Baker Eddy rose from obscurity to become one of the most prominent women of the late 19th century and early 20th century. As the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, her ideas and writings have had a profound influence in religion, healthcare, publishing, and journalism.

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