by Don Ingwerson
Spirituality and a connection to the Divine are being explored by more and more of the public in the pursuit of health. What I find interesting is that Mary Baker Eddy’s work that shares these healing ideas with the public is being recognized as one of the most important components of current findings in mind-body-spirit work. Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea, How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, gives an in-depth list of ten positive-thinking books and includes Science and Health. Here is what he says:
9. Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (1875, multiple updates and editions) – This is not a positive-thinking book in any conventional sense, but none of the literature mentioned here would have been possible, or at least would read the same way, without the Christian Science founder’s influence. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Eddy became widely read and internationally known. Her highly original metaphysics (which critics too simplistically accuse her of lifting from the influential mental healer Phineas Quimby) touched nearly every thinker in the mind-power world for fifty years. Eddy’s work foresaw current uses of prayer and meditation for health.