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Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood

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From Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christian Science, to Deepak Chopra, Americans have struggled with the connection between health and happiness. Barbara Wilson was taught by her Christian Scientist family that there was no sickness or evil, and that by maintaining this belief she would be protected. But such beliefs were challenged when Wilson's own mothe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 15th 1998 by Picador (first published 1997)
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Barbara
Aug 10, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
I really liked this book - and I loved parts of it. It's a fine line to combine a painfully heartbreaking memoir with a historical and philosophical perspective and the author finds a good balance. Unique and deeply thought-provoking read.
Anna
Jul 24, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
I have to admit: I judged this book by its cover and totally put off reading it (it was assigned). But this is not just a memoir. It's a memoir-biography-historical lit-travelogue and more. Wilson does a fine job of balancing her own personal story with the story of Mary Baker Eddy, the history of the Christian Science religion (fascinating), and the stories of others who choose to stay and leave the religion. Super interesting history of our country's transcendentalist/mystical past, our search ...more
Robin
Jul 21, 2011 Robin rated it liked it
I was raised in Christian Science. I was recently thinking about sexuality, and how the sexuality of a girl raised in Christian Science must be deeply affected by that way of thought. I did a little digging on the internet and this book is what I found.
I am not sure she will talk directly about sexuality, but so far it's an interesting look at some of the religion's roots and how this author feels she was affected by the faith, good or bad.
Silvio111
Nov 19, 2012 Silvio111 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Wilson's chronicle of growing up in a Christian Science family, and subsequently finding her way through a painful adolescence in which she loses her mother to mental illness, and must live with a truly "evil stepmother," all the while finding her way to becoming a writer is quite a revelation. Her examination of the family and religious ethic of denial of unpleasantness, placed in the context of the history of Christian Science, joins a familiar genre of the "coming-of-age" story with a ...more
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Dec 11, 2014 Lisagarden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Roth
Jun 23, 2015 Stephanie Roth rated it it was ok
My review is based on the first 100 pages of the book only, after which I gave up ... The book is more about Christian Science than a person's life. It's supposed to be a "memoire", right? I don't have anything against CS (my mother was raised as a CS and I attended CS Sunday school for a while in my teens, but it wasn't for me), but I expected more of a focus on the writer's life, less on CS as a religion. It just got boring ...
Melanie
Oct 02, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it
Lucidly written, unflinching. Historically and sociologically attentive, full of compelling characters drawn from life. A slow walk through memory, through madness and its precipitants, to a new understanding of survival. Really an amazing book--I highly recommend it.
Mariana
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A good memoir of a childhood tinged with her mother's faith in Christian Science, her insanity and her early death from cancer.
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I’m a writer of memoir, mysteries, fiction, and travel books on Lapland and women and the sea (The Pirate Queen). My travel essays have appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, and American Scholar, as well as many other publications. I’m Irish and Swedish, but a translator of Norwegian and Danish. I’ve written under the names Barbara Wilson (my father’s adoptive name) and Barbara Sjoholm (which means sea
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