Mary Baker Eddy Radcliffe Biography Series) [E–pub/Pdf] ´ Gillian Gill
I found this very readable absorbing and thoughtful In Witch Is Why The Moon Disappeared particular I appreciated Gill s approach as articulated in the introduction of trying toroduce both sides
Of The Story I Feltthe story I felt she researched thoroughly and was fair inuisitive sympathetic skeptical ultimately honest The start felt richer than the end at times towards the very end it seemed that she assumed some familiarity with the history of Christian Science which I don t have Otherwise delightful such a great insight into how women leaders were handled in society and in the media of the time Such clear writing taking a controversial subject and making it easy to understand especially her way of recognizing all the different sources and revious bios of MBE Read her book of Florence Nightingale and really appreciated the feminist erspective she brought to that subject and her Underground (Unbelievers, perspective for MBE was especially appealing to me Too often I think we guys do not understand what women and especially 19th women went throughHer description of the steps she took to get almost full access to the archives of the Mother Church really had the feel of investigative journalism I knew of her from my youth but being told she may have been the mostowerful women in the early 20th Century really amazed me but with 800000 followers and a relative fortune I can see it Gillian Gill captured I believe her drive cantankerousness The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons philosophy but important she told one hell of a great story One needs no background in Christian Science to really enjoy this book This description of a woman who started out lifeenniless and homeless and who in her middle years founded a religion which is still going strong decades after her death is astonishing It is also well documented due to the Chri I just started this but am excited by it so far It s really massive and one of the few bios on Mary Baker Eddy not written by a Christian Scientist or a major CS critic It s a good companion to the other MBE bio I m reading which is from 1907 and was totally CS sanctioned Gill s bio style is appealing thus far She also wrote one on Agatha Christie Which I don t think I ll read As thorough a biography as is ossible The Church of Christ Scientist still keeps a close watch on Eddy s apers Gill "saw some but not all which makes her achievement here all the remarkable "some but not all which makes her achievement here all the remarkable has long been a target of character assassination Her rationalist bent in theology often appears ridiculous to the non believer How much The Purposeful Graduate puzzling to the outsider then is the fact this woman single handedly created one of the larger Christian denominations in the US by herself during a time when women could not even vote And that she didn t even start doing so until her late forties and two marriages Gill does battle with Eddy s scoffers and their existing canon of anti hagiography by defending Eddy as aerson and importantly as a woman without succumbing into religious adoration or skirting so to speak tough issues A recommended read Fascinating Inscriptions for Headstones portrait of an era and one of the few female lea. In 1866 a frail impoverished invalid middle aged widowed and divorced rose from her bed after a life threatening fall asked for her Bible and took the first steps toward the founding of the Christian Science Church Four decades later she was revered as their leader by thousands of churches in the US and Europe had founded a national newspaper and had becomerobably the most Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay powerful woman in AmericaWho was this astonishing woman the mother of the Mother Church How did sherepare for her illustrious career. Ders of the time IT IS DONE Three months later Mary Baker Eddy is a tricky erson to get a handle on and Gill resents here the most scholarly objective overview in a very long and fraught canon of Eddy biography This definitely supersedes Robert Peel s three volume biography which was good for its time but is outdated and tends toward hagiographyGill was hampered by limited access to sources though she had than any non Church biographer ever has and by a limited understanding of the Christian Science faith itself has and by a limited understanding of the Christian Science faith itself no one can say she did the job halfway This is an exhaustive undertaking and not an easy read it will take "you some time The writing style tends toward the onderous and "some time The writing style tends toward the onderous and speculative almost a necessity with a figure as controversial and slippery as Eddy and Gill inserts far too much of herself into the textThat is not to say this is a bad book it s really uite good Just that any reader should have an idea of its flaws in mind and that the definitive biography of Eddy has yet to be written This is a very long book 520 ages of text lus 180 ages of footnotes lus an unusable index names with long lists of age numbers It gives all the information about Mary Baker Eddy that would satisfy any reader but it is written in an academic style rather dry And facts and resumptions aren t enoughGill spent about 40% or of the book refuting statements made by other biographers leaving me to feel that I should have read all of those books first so I would understand her references Mentioning other biographies so often is unnecessary and jumbles up the author s message Why not just state your own research Gill used different names for Mary Baker Eddy depending on which husband she was married to This was ultra confusing because there are many Marys in the book as well as many Glovers and Pattersons and referring to Mary Glover or Mary Patterson or Mary Eddy caused a great deal of concentrated effort to keep track of exactly which erson Gill was meaning Why not just use MBE And oddly the author chose to always call her Mrs Mrs Glover Mrs Patterson Mrs Eddy So how about Mrs MBEWhile this was an enormous roject and clearly Gill did a lot of research the book had a lot of facts and theories but it lacked depthMBE founded a religious movement but there is no discussion of comparative religion in the book Surely MBE s upbringing as a Calvinist with a father who was a strict Calvinist and highly controlling would have had a great influence on MBE sychologically And for MBE to break from that stricture and form a new religion was enormous 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens psychologically but Gill doesn tursue this Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture path No explanation of Calvinism or how manyeople were of that denomination in Mary s life Or what the religious expectations of her community were No discussion of how New England land of the Puritans and Calvinists was home to mesmerists fortune tellers and spiritualists holding seances and how they related to the general Gläsern population or Calvinists especially How was MBE able to overcome her upbringing. During her years of obscurity and what was her inspiration for the healingractices and doctrine of Christian Science Gillian Gill a non Christian Science Scientist scholar who managed to win unparalleled access to the Church archives offers here an entirely new look at Mary Baker EddyFor the first time readers will see the extraordinary leadership skills exercised by Mrs Eddy despite the repressive forces facing women in her time For the first time we learn the full story of the bizarre attack on Mrs Eddy.
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Psychologically break out as it were and attend seancesAs for womanhood and MBE s health Gill makes reference to hysteria but doesn t explain what what thst was and how doctors treated it with laudanum Gill also makes a weak conclusion about MBE being anorexic instead of hysteric because she ate very very little during a Detention of Doom period of childhood however at that time MBE was under a doctor srescribed diet Lacking was an exploration how the Fromentin provincial strictures on MBE had an effect on her livelihood and day to day living as a child a widow and abandoned wife Remind us that there was no electricity by stating how lonely it would have been after dark stuck in one room in a boarding house after her second husband left And no discussion of the effects on Patterson of MBE being bedridden during their marriage The author discusses Phineas uimby a man that healed MBE to the extent that she was no longer bedridden after several years and MBE sought out uimby s healing until his death Some attribute at very least the genesis of Christian Science to uimby because MBE spent afternoons alone with himresumably asking uestions about his healing methods In the book Gill states that uimby used error as a synonym for illness before MBE and also the term animal magnetism before MBE Her critics charge that MBE lagiarized uimby s writings and
Gill Says No One Cansays no One Can Them Because can them because are so badly written I read them and found them only a little convoluted than MBE s writings Gill refutes the lagiarism and I agree but Gill does not delve into the concepts of healing which is really importantA discussion of the Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 psychology ofoverty was needed Not just that MBE was destitute for years but what happens to a erson under that kind of stress Further what is the sychology of rejection MBE was rejected by most of her siblings her father and others at some time or other What does that do to a ersonalityGill also inserted herself into the biography I think this and I believe that again reminiscent of an educational thesis but I ve never seen that in a trade biography Again why not just leave out I think and make the statement But astonishing was Gill s claim that she read a a 19th century hand written document and believed she could "identify the writer of that document Emma Ware because Gill had seen Ware s signature From "the writer of that document Emma Ware because Gill had seen Ware s signature From signature No As for feminism at one oint in the narrative a woman wants her husband to move away from working with the attractive and unmarried MBE and he does Gill refers to this man as henpecked OopsAnd Gill than once uses that most atriarchal of terms illegitimate Not so much a biography as a history of Mary Baker Eddy and the times in which she lived which influenced many of her activities and decisions It is certainly a wonderfully researched well documented and objective warts and all examination if not a little dry in some spots In the end though she emerges most human complex and inconsistent but with an insatiable desire to devote herself to studying the Science she discovered. By Joseph Pulitzer and his New York World alleging that she was at least senile and ossibly not even alive In this enthralling biography we rediscover Mary Baker Eddy as a radical Christian thinker ioneer in the recognition of mindbody connections survivor of scandal and target of both admiration and scorn from such eminent contemporaries as Mark Twain Gillian Gill's sense of drama her critical acumen and her delicious wit bring to life a brilliant religious leader whose message has new meaning in our time.