This description of a woman who started out life penniless and homeless and who in her middle years founded a eligion which is still going strong decades after her death is astonishing It is also well documented due to the Christian Science church having given the author unprecedented access to their archives The wealthy elderly Ms Eddy ended up becoming the nemesis of Mark Twain of all people on earth which only goes to prove that eality is stranger than fiction Such clear writing taking a controversial subject and making it easy to understand especially her way of ecognizing all the different sources and previous bios of MBE Read her book of Florence Nightingale and Darkness Light really appreciated the feminist perspective she brought to that subject and her 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 Churcheally had the feel of investigative journalism I knew of her from my youth but being told she may have been the most powerful women in the early 20th Century eally amazed me but with 800000 followers and a elative fortune I can see it Gillian Gill captured I believe her drive cantankerousness philosophy but important she told one hell of a great story One needs no background in Christian Science to eally enjoy this book I found this very eadable absorbing and thoughtful In particular I appreciated Gill s approach as articulated in the introduction of trying to produce both sides of the story I felt that she esearched thoroughly and was fair inuisitive sympathetic skeptical ultimately honest The start felt icher than the end at times towards the very end it seemed that she assumed some familiarity with the history of Christian Science which I t she assumed some familiarity with the history of Christian Science which I don t Otherwise such a great insight into how women leaders were handled in society and in the media of the time 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 esearched well documented and objective warts and all examination if not a little dry in some spots In
The End Though She Emerges Most Human end though she emerges most human and inconsistent but with an insatiable desire to devote herself to studying the Science she discovered This is a very long book 520 pages of text plus 180 pages of footnotes plus an unusable index names with long lists of page numbers It gives all the information about Mary Baker Eddy that would satisfy any eader but it is written in an academic style Not Handsome Enough rather dry And facts and presumptions aren t enoughGill spent about 40% or of the bookefuting statements made by other biographers leaving me to feel that I should have ead all of those books first so I would understand her eferences Mentioning other biographies so often is unnecessary and jumbles up the author s message Why not just state your own Busy Park research Gill use. In 1866 a frail impoverished invalid middle aged widowed and divorcedose 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 evered as their leader by thousands of churches in the US and Europe had founded a national newspaper and had become probably the most powerful woman in AmericaWho was this astonishing woman the mother of the Mother Church How did she prepare for her illustrious career.
Gillian Gill ó 5 SummaryT that MBE was destitute for
Years But What Happensbut what happens a person under that kind of stress Further what is the psychology of ejection MBE that kind of stress Further what is the psychology of GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany rejection MBEejected by most of her siblings her father and others at some time or other What does that do to a personalityGill also inserted herself into the biography I think this and I believe that again The Confederate Privateers 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 sheead 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 a signature No As for feminism at one point in the narrative a woman wants her husband to move away from working with the attractive and unmarried MBE and he does Gill Big Bad Detective Agency refers to this man as henpecked OopsAnd Gill than once uses that most patriarchal of terms illegitimate Mary Baker Eddy is a tricky person to get a handle on and Gill presents 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 but no one can say she did the job halfway This is an exhaustive undertaking and not an easyead it will take you some time The writing style tends toward the ponderous and the 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 The Placer really uite good Just that anyeader should have an idea of its flaws in mind and that the definitive biography of Eddy has yet to be written IT IS DONE Three months later Fascinating portrait of an era and one of the few female leaders of the time As thorough a biography as is possible The Church of Christ Scientist still keeps a close watch on Eddy s papers Gill saw some but not all which makes
Her Achievement Here Allachievement here all Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism remarkable Eddy has long been a target of character assassination Herationalist bent in theology often appears idiculous to the non believer How much 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 a person and importantly as a woman without succumbing into eligious adoration or skirting so to speak tough issues A Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness recommendedead I just started this but am excited by it so far It s eally massive and one of the few bios on Mary Baker Eddy not written by a Christian Scientist or a major CS critic It By Joseph Pulitzer and his New York World alleging that she was at least senile and possibly not even alive In this enthralling biography we ediscover Mary Baker Eddy as a adical Christian thinker pioneer in the ecognition 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 eligious leader whose message has new meaning in our time.
Exactly Which Person Gillwhich person Gill 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 project and clearly Gill did a lot of esearch the book had a lot of facts and theories but it lacked depthMBE founded a eligious movement but there is no discussion of comparative eligion 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 psychologically And for MBE to break from that stricture and form a new Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris religion was enormous psychologically but Gill doesn t pursue this path No explanation of Calvinism or how many people were of that denomination in Mary s life Or what theeligious expectations of her community were No Discussion Of How New discussion of how New land of the Puritans and Calvinists was home to mesmerists fortune tellers and spiritualists holding seances and how they elated to the general population or Calvinists especially How was MBE able to overcome her upbringing psychologically break out as it were and attend seancesAs for womanhood and MBE s health Gill makes eference 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 period of childhood however at that time MBE was under a doctor s prescribed diet Lacking was an exploration how the 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 Britain, Europe And The Third World 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 him presumably 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 plagiarized uimby s writings and Gill says no one canead them because they are so badly written I ead them and found them only a little convoluted than MBE
s writings Gill efutes the plagiarism and I agree but Gill does not delve into the concepts of healing whichwritings Gill efutes the plagiarism and I agree but Gill does not delve into the concepts of healing which eally importantA discussion of the psychology of poverty was needed Not jus. During her years of obscurity and what was her inspiration for the healing practices 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 Unverified: A Novel readers will see the extraordinary leadership skills exercised by Mrs Eddy despite theepressive forces facing women in her time For the first time we learn the full story of the bizarre attack on Mrs Eddy.