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Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  60 reviews
First published in 1875 and read by more than eight million people, this nondenominational book has a 119-year history of healing and inspiration. To attract a new audience, this time-honored message of healing has a powerful new cover, easy-to-read page layout, and word index. Named one of 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World.
Paperback, 709 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Writings of Mary Baker Eddy (first published 1875)
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Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mbe-cs
I took a serious read of this book when I was 19 and it brought much healing. Freedom from smoking, drinking etc., was moved to go back to college and resources became available to do so...wonderful physical and other financial healings as well. Most importantly this book teaches you how to have an on-going relationship with does one connect with God, effectively pray, feel the presence and love of God etc. It opens up the spiritual teachings of the Bible, especially those of Christ Je ...more
Janet Jay
I have never read a holy book yet that made me feel like shit, nor one I actually threw across the room... until S&H! It just repeated over and over how awful a person I am. I will have to pick this up & read the last third when 1. I'm not in debilitating unending physical pain & 2. I can better afford to get mad. As it is... I've never read a holy book that made me feel this utter lack of hope. But that may be zany ol' disabled me. Also the prose is rubbish *even for a religious book.* ...more
Carlos Alberto
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that changed my life. Together with the Bible, is my textbook, my'pastor', my only 'preacher'It can change yours too(nobody is excluded)What do you have to lose?.I have red it many, many times and study from it every day. I have experienced many healings, physically, morally, mentally and in all possible aspects. It has given me a better understanding of God, who is really Love, Truth and Life. It has opened my eyes to perceive that whatever is good can be achieved now. It has g ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very healing. Embrace this book with an open heart and mind. Once you understand some of the truths and ideas, you cannot go back to your old way of thinking. Strengthened my awareness of my oneness with God. One thing; you must be seeking wisdom or fulfillment to understand this book. If you are not ready, don't waste your time. Keep the book on the shelf for when you are ready because you WILL need it someday. Then read it over and over and over. Great compliment to the Bible especially the Go ...more
Michael Gardner-Bey
This is high law and a work for seasoned masters. These lessons are truly from on high and a unpolluted nor watered down dialog of spiritual importance. This is a must read, but don't for one second peruse this like a mere novel. This is a life time study and will reveal more and more as your mind expands and your understanding becomes the rock on which you build yourself. The key to scripture will unlock many doors and take you into the mansions of eternal felicity in the paradise of GOD. This ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Nonsense, and badly written nonsense at that, but the book is influential. It's more readable in little bits, and some quotes are sensible, though some of the anecdotes are laughably dubious, such as the supposedly true story of the father who held his baby underwater until it grew comfortable enough to play there. Mothers should remember this story, Eddy admonishes her readers, so that they can prepare their babies properly. Yikes! ...more
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read from this book every day along with the Bible. But to read it straight through is a delightful experience. This book and the Bible are the pastors of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. (Christian Science)The last chapter is exclusively testimonies from people who were healed by reading this book.
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The best Book I've ever read! I'm reading it again and again! ...more
Joseph Schlesinger
[Reply to another reviewer on Visual Bookshelf who referred to the religion as "Christian Scientology":] Not Christian Scientology, Justin. Christian Science. It has nothing to do with Scientology. ...more
The most profound metaphysical book I have ever read.
Joanne Otto
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life-transforming! I never finish with it.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
As far as spiritual books go i thoroughly enjoy pulling this book out to look up everything from marriage to sin to child rearing. Science and Health was written by Mary Baker Eddy and created a Christian sect called Christian Science. This book is read alongside the Bible by millions of people throughout the world. Eddy does a wonderful job at explaining things how they are, like she has a third eye that is all knowing. She explains things from the Bible in terms that everyone can understand. T ...more
Jim Miotke
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you love the Christ? Are you looking for healing of any kind? Do you just love to explore insights and seek truth?

This is a powerful work, by a woman who had a great healing in 1866 and went on to found a world-wide religion, start an international newspaper, and so much more.

The central idea is that the healings of Jesus are scientific, repeatable, demonstrable.

I and my family have gained so many blessings, had numerous great healings, and have been inspired to learn and grow to become bet
Pamela Hawley
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Science and Health is an invaluable book teaching us to think beyond the way our minds usually do. It makes us question what is “reality." We know that when we look into the distance and see what looks like water, it's actually a mirage and it plays on our physical senses. Therefore, we know that all appearances don't hold true.

What this books hints at is there is a higher power of Love and Truth that are guiding us which are beyond out senses. This can affect our lives in career choices, family
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and uplifting text. Will give the reader a whole new outlook on the spiritual nature of life. Mary Baker Eddy was visionary in her outlook. Even if the reader is not inclined toward a particular religious belief system it is still interesting from a historical standpoint and because her explanation of the spiritual import of the bible is so different from other writers. If you've ever been interested in metaphysics it's a must read! ...more
Seth Kenlon
Nov 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book on why health, both physical and spiritual, is a matter of the mind, not the subject of a wrathful or fickle humanlike godhead. This shows the abstraction between Truth and, well, not-Truth, or Falsity, and how it in fact defines Reality. Also shows how Time deos not really exist; for more on that, read Hawking's Brief History of Time. ...more
May 28, 2012 is currently reading it
This Book is the most amazing book I have ever read . . It is saving my life and helping me to understand scripture and be positive about myself. . this is logic without being fear and cuts through lots of misunderstandings. This is the Book that my church Christian Science has along with the Bible. I am needing to read it more often when I am feeling afraid. .or having anxiety.
Kara Merry
May 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read Science and Health and this was a reread. I am understanding it fully now.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
how Christ did his "miracles" and of God's lovingkindness and good comfort ...more
Cheryl Petersen
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this book all the time. Quite insightful, so much so I put it in today's language with updated information. ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Eddy tries to mask inconsistencies with unnecessarily complex language.
Gloria Preston
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Not enough stars in the sky to rate this book properly.
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I use for daily meditation. The ideas are transformative. It stays on my currently reading list perpetually.
Blaze Ward
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I, for one Reccomend this book o anyone who needs some help, whether it be addiction, pain, financial, or anything else. I've had many great hearings thanks to Mary Baker Grover Eddy. ...more
Alexandra Chauran
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Most spiritual books from this era are harder to read. I found this fascinating and engaging. Insight into a movement.
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a constant comfort to me. I can turn to it anytime I need an uplifting thought or just need to put my thought straight.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The comforting and inspiring idea of God as Father-Mother, and of his infinite Love for his creation, which He saw was "Very good"! ...more
Farida Grewal
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life and thought transforming
Ward Wilcox
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read it it in Sunday School at 5 years old...way too arcanne for a child. Recently got a copy and read a few pages..Once you have read other spiritual books you can start to understand this one better. Her language was pretty strange and my ability to follow was weak. This is really just information...not that clear or practicable. The words may sink in but its a very redundant book to read and just goes on page after page with no fixed direction. Her opinions of truth are similar to other sys ...more
Mark DeGange
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those needing healing. Those seeking God.
This book had a couple of passages that revolutionized my life. I was healed instantaneously of old painful ideas about myself and God--for that I will always be grateful. I understand why some of the reviewers said it was the best book they ever read.
Well, I have been on the healing path for over 30 years. I have practiced many different kinds of healing and have taught shiatsu, yoga, meditation, and energy healing. And what I know is this, if it is from Spirit, God, then it will heal. I bless
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Founder of the new religious movement, Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist).

Her name is also written as:

Mary Baker Glover
Mary Baker Glover Eddy
Mary Baker G. Eddy

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