Prose Works combines 13 of Mary Baker Eddy’s shorter books and sermons into a single publication. It also includes essays, poems, articles, and letters as well as news reports, testimonies and autobiography that provide a historical record. Prose Works continues to offer inspiration and uplift to contemporary readers.
Between 1883-1896, Mary Baker Eddy wrote many articles, letters, and poems to support and encourage the growing membership of the Christian Science church she founded. Many were first published in The Christian Science Journal. Mary Baker Eddy published them as this separate book, Miscellaneous Writings. She suspended all Christian Science teaching for one year, urging the study of this book in its place.
Chapters include “Questions and Answers,” “One Cause and Effect,” and personal statements from individuals healed by reading Science and Health.
Retrospection and Introspection
Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science church, wrote this memoir in 1891. The first part of the book outlines her family’s history and her own youth and early adulthood in New England. She then explores her discovery of Christian Science and essential ideas of a scientific Christianity that brings healing. While giving insight into the life of this religious leader, the spiritual counsel in this book nurtures and guides readers today.
Unity of Good
The author, Mary Baker Eddy, considered this book her second most important work after Science and Health. In it, she addresses basic differences in theology between Christian Science and traditional Christianity. She explains that God, good, is always present and is all-powerful. From this basis, she shows readers how to address topics such as evil, sin, and materialism.
Pulpit and Press
Compiled by Mary Baker Eddy, this collection chronicles the early days of the Christian Science church. It includes the special sermon Mary Baker Eddy gave when the church opened its doors in early 1895. The book also includes excerpts from newspapers of the day about this new religion, which was attracting international attention for its healing work.
Rudimental Divine Science
Through a question-and-answer format, Mary Baker Eddy explains the basic ideas of Christian Science. The first question is, “How would you define Christian Science?” She answers: “As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony.” Subsequent questions include “Is man material or spiritual?” and “How should I undertake to demonstrate Christian Science in healing the sick?”
No and Yes
Originally a sermon, No and Yes served as Mary Baker Eddy’s response to a local pastor’s denunciation of Christian Science. No and Yes clarifies the metaphysics and teachings of Christian Science and shows how Christian Science differs from other faith traditions. She explains how Christian Science was founded wholly on the teachings of Christ Jesus and his healing ministry.
Christian Science versus Pantheism
In 1898, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science church, delivered a sermon on the subject, “Not Pantheism, but Christian Science,” which is now published in this book format. In it, she explains the vast differences between scientific Christianity and pantheism. She reiterates the allness and oneness of God, condemns evil, and enjoins her students to “[l]ove all Christian churches for the gospel’s sake....” (p. 13).
Message to The Mother Church for 1900
In 1900, Mary Baker Eddy offered this timeless message to members of her growing Christian Science church. In it, she encourages right thinking, right acting, and right working, along with unselfishness, charity, receptivity, and obedience to God.
Message to The Mother Church for 1901
In 1901, Mary Baker Eddy gave her annual communion message to the members of her church. She addresses a variety of topics, including the supremacy and goodness of God. She also explains more fully the Christ as “Jesus’ spiritual selfhood.” She speaks about the pastor of the Church of Christ, Scientist (the Bible and her book Science and Health).
Near the conclusion of the message she encourages her followers: “...study the Bible and the textbook of our denomination; obey strictly the laws that be, and follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ.” (p. 34) These words continue to resonate with and guide Christian Scientists today.
Message to The Mother Church for 1902
In 1902, Mary Baker Eddy gave her annual communion message to members of her church. With the title, “The Old and the New Commandment,” she addresses the topics: “God as Love;” “Love one another;” and “Godlikeness.”
This sermon, given by Mary Baker Eddy, is based on Jesus’ statement: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (The Gospel of Mark, chapter 16).
The People’s Idea of God – Its Effect on Health and Christianity
Originally a sermon Mary Baker Eddy delivered in the late 1800s, this book is based on Paul’s Biblical letter to the Ephesians, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism." It offers her insights on how advancing our view of God brings health and healing.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany
This two-part book was compiled and edited by Mary Baker Eddy, the church’s founder. Part I (“The First Church of Christ, Scientist”) describes the building of The Mother Church Extension in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1906. Writings by Mary Baker Eddy and newspaper articles from across North America detail this significant architectural achievement and the rapid growth of Christian Science as a movement. Part II (“Miscellany”) consists of messages Mary Baker Eddy wrote to support and encourage her growing church.
Prose Works – Sterling Edition
Paperback, 1382 pages.
Dimensions: 6" x 9" (15.24cm x 22.86cm)
Weight: 1.956 lbs.