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Persistent Pilgrim [details]
by Richard A. Nenneman
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Persistent Pilgrim - RUSSIAN EDITION released 2008
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PERSISTENT PILGRIM: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy 
by Richard A. Nenneman

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Persistent Pilgrim is the most in-depth, serious biography of Mary Baker Eddy since the Peel trilogy a generation ago and the first one-volume story of the life of the founder of Christian Science to be written by a Christian Scientist in 60 years. In an easily accessible book of over 360 pages, Richard Nenneman, a former Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Science Monitor, traces the outlines of her life and the religion she described as a discovery in terms understandable to any general reader. 

A fascinating aspect of this biography is that Nenneman researched and read every available piece of correspondence written by Mary Baker Eddy that is in The Mother Church archives; yet he does not use extracts or quoted materials heavily. The book examines the woman behind the public image, including her upbringing, family and personal tragedies, religious development, lawsuits, etc. These excerpts from Mrs. Eddy's letters vividly portray her challenges and her dealings with her students and later with her young church. The author does not believe that a religious biography can be written without a point of view, but he does not draw back from presenting Mrs. Eddy as a woman who could be volatile. In fact, while the book necessarily traces the development of Christian Science, it is even more a story of Mrs. Eddy's personal development, growth, and ability to lead others through her spiritual maturity. Her story culminates in the almost continual challenges she faced and overcame during the last decade of her life. 

Richard A. Nenneman, who spent two decades of his working career as a banker, was also Financial Editor of The Christian Science Monitor for ten years and has been its Managing Editor as well as Editor-in-Chief. As Financial Editor, he won a record number of writing awards for the paper. Drawing on his original interest in American religious history--he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a thesis on O.B. Frothingham, a former Unitarian minister--he has written a book in as readable language as his financial columns of 20 years ago or his 1992 book, The New Birth of Christianity published by HarperSanFrancisco, a book that positioned Christian Science in its 19th-century milieu, while addressing the religion from the perspective of questions in the minds of late 20th-century readers. 

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
This is an attempt to write an accessible (368-page) biography of a major American religious figure, the founder of Christian Science. Partly because the religion she founded remains controversial, there are virtually no evenhanded portrayals of her life. As someone who has been a student of Christian Science since my college days, I believe that only a person who has some understanding of the metaphysics of Christian Science can portray the story of Mrs. Eddy's development--can understand her high degree of spiritual intuition and foresight. I have attempted to deal with the elements in her background that prepared her for Christian Science, while at the same time acknowledging that those elements do not account for her discovery. 

The first major work of scholarship to appear was the trilogy by Robert Peel, who was also a Christian Scientist. It is a major work, but being 800 pages of text plus 400 pages of small-type footnotes, it is not easily accessible for the general reader wanting to learn about Mrs. Eddy for the first time. Other than Peel, I am the only biographer to have delved this deeply into her correspondence, as well as to have spent months reading the reminiscences of those who worked with her, letters of her family members, and many letters of those who came in contact with her in the last twenty years of her life. From these I have distilled what I feel is the essential story. 

If this book succeeds at what I have tried to do, it should set the tone for future works on Mrs. Eddy. The following are paths of research that others could try to follow in their individual ways: What did she owe to her surroundings and mentors, and what is there that is not attributable to her background? In other words, was there a legitimate discovery involved in her system of healing?
Does the theology of her discovery, Christian Science, build a believable coherence to the traditional Biblical account of the life of Christ Jesus? Does the practice of her discovery lead to a level of spiritual healing that is dependable enough to bear the label of a science, and does it go beyond what is recognized as possible in psychosomatic medicine? And, perhaps most important for the future, do the categories of consciousness she established have a staying power in a world dominated by the constantly evolving language of psychology? 

-- Richard A. Nenneman 

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CONTENTS BY CHAPTER 
Preface
Prologue
Chapter One  New Hampshire Childhood: Baker Family Heritage
Entr'Acte One  Puritanism in America
Chapter Two  Twenty Years of Disappointment and Preparation
Entr'Acte Two  Hypnotism: From Mesmer to Quimby
Chapter Three The Period Leading to the Discovery: Quimbyism Both a Catalyst and Cul-de-sac
Chapter Four  Years of Discovery: Early Practice; The First Class
Chapter Five The Lynn Years: Continuing Discovery by Experience; The Textbook Is Written
Chapter Six  The Boston Years: A National Movement Forms
Chapter Seven   Retirement At Pleasant View: Mrs. Eddy's Work As Founder
Entr'Acte Three The Terminology of Christian Science: Simple Words, Precise Meanings
Chapter Eight Pleasant View - Retirement Postponed: Challenges to a Growing Movement
Chapter Nine  Return to Boston: Final Steps at Chestnut Hill
Epilogue
Footnotes

CRITICAL REVIEWS 
"Richard Nenneman's perspective is made possible by his access to the thousands of letters Mrs. Eddy wrote and the love and awareness with which his long association with the subject has prepared him. A good book is always written by one in the right position to accomplish his purpose, and Mr. Nenneman's preparation and knowledge certainly empowers this finely balanced accounting. His editorial experience backgrounds every page. His reporter's objectivity is tempered by his profound respect for Mrs. Eddy's mission, her challenges, and triumphs." J.D. 

"When I first read the manuscript upon submission to Nebbadoon Press, I couldn't put it down until I finished it at 4:00 AM. Never before had a biography, or for that matter even a Grisham thriller, kept me up turning each page to see what would happen on the next. I still get goosebumps when reflecting on the contents. I now much more deeply appreciate what Mary Baker Eddy had accomplished and sacrificed so that future generations can benefit." G.S. 

"Richard Nenneman's new book on Mary Baker Eddy fills the need for a one-volume biography of this major religious figure of the Twentieth Century, which is readable without sacrificing depth and scholarship. Nenneman has had access to the latest available research materials and combines them effectively with a  comprehensive background knowledge of American social and religious trends. The integrity of this work, like that of his previous books is immediately clear." H.J. 

"A 'must read,' Richard Nenneman's PERSISTENT PILGRIM rivets the reader with his fresh examination of a spiritual thinker--Mary Baker Eddy. This thoughtful exploration of her life and work guides the reader to a new appreciation of her contribution - both scientific and spiritual. We've needed this book." M.P. 

"As a life-long student of Christian Science, I was delighted to find so much information that I had never been aware of before. This is a must-read." G.J. 

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THE NEW BIRTH OF CHRISTIANITY: Why Religion Persists in a Scientific Age'
 
by Richard A. Nenneman

"Whatever names we may want to hang onto this century [20th], this is certinly the age of science. The world approaches the end of a century of unparalleled scientific discovery and technological achievement. Yet neither the discoveries nor their remarkable applications touch the personal hunger most of us feel for meaning in our lives--for identification with somehting or someone bigger and more enduring than we sense outr own mortal lives to be."

This book is a lively and articulate illumination of Christianity that sets it directly in the midst of the challenges of modern life.

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JESUS' HEALINGS: A Closer Look
 by Dr. Elizabeth L. Carey

Study guide for serious adult Bible students and for Sunday School teachers. Non-denominational.

The purpose of this book is three-fold: 

   1.To understand the healings in the gospels as natural occurrences, not as miracles; 
   2.To suggest new ways to get fresh insights from these familiar stories; 
   3.To see the gospel record of healing as containing beneficial hints regarding Christian healing for every age. 

Biblical healings are often thought of as tall tales, myths, or supernatural events. What if they are records of real day-to-day activities, records of what was said, seen, and accomplished? Both philosophers and theologians have argued that a miracle is not an exception from law but is the working of a law that as yet is not adequately understood. If this is true, are there concepts we have overlooked in the biblical record? Are compassion, faith, understanding, and expectancy elements of a lawlike fabric of reality that could bring similar results today? 

Dr. Elizabeth L. Carey retired in 1990 as Associate Professor of Religion at Principia College, where she taught New Testament courses for 13 years. She had a BA in English/Education from Principia College, an MA in English from Michigan State University, an MRE from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament Studies from Walden University. 

Dr. Carey studied in summer programs around the world at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem (Judaism); University of Hawaii (Asian culture); University of Ghana (African studies); Oxford University (English literature); Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Archaeology); Greek studies in Macedonia, Greece; and New Testament studies at McCormick Seminary in Chicago and Christ
Seminary Seminex in St. Louis. 

After retirement, Dr. Carey maintained a busy schedule in adult education in her field, teaching and lecturing worldwide and was a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner. 

CONTENTS BY CHAPTER 
Chapter 1 Biblical Healing

Chapter 2 Jesus' Healings According to the Gospels

Chapter 3 Translations
Woman with Issue of Blood (Matt. 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48)

Chapter 4      Bible Dictionary and Commentary Study - Leper Cleansed (Matt 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-15) Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)

Chapter 5 Specific Questions - Jairus' Daughter (Matt. 9:18,19,23-26, 
Mark 5:22-24, 35-43, Luke 8:41,42, 49-56)

Chapter 6 Jesus' Words

Chapter 7      Free-Wheeling Questions - Woman with an Infirmity (Luke 13:10-17)
Chapter 8      Role-Playing - Palsied Man Cured (Matt. 9:1-8, Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:18-26)

Chapter 9      Comparison - Similar Stories in Different Gospels, Centurion's Servant (Matt. 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10), Nobleman's Son (John 4:46-54)

Chapter 10    All Study Techniques Applied - Healing of Severed Ear (Luke 22:50,51)

Chapter 11    Healings of the Blind (Matt. 9:27-31, P.111; Matt. 12:22-24, Mark 10:46-52, Matt. 20:29-34, Luke 18:35-43, Mark 8:22-26, John 9:1-41)

Chapter 12 General Statements about Jesus' Healings in the Four Gospels

Chapter 13  Conclusion

THE COMMANDS OF JESUS
by Dr. Elizabeth L. Carey

Study guide for serious adult Bible students and for Sunday School teachers. Non-denominational.

According to the gospel of John, Jesus said to his disciples, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). What are these commandments that we are to keep? 

Jesus' sayings as given in the gospels can be categorized as commands, declarative comments, and questions. In this book we will look at his commands, to see more clearly what we are to do, what actions we are to take, and how we are to think, in order to live the life Jesus expected of his followers. 

This book is a study of some of the commands in depth. It shares ways to get more out of these briefly stated demands and considers whether it is feasible or desirable to apply them in modern society. 

The commands can be roughly divided into three types: 
   1.Short imperatives addressed to individuals in specific situations such as: 
     "Follow me" (Matt. 9:9). 
     "Arise, take up thy bed" (Matt. 9:6). 
     "Stretch forth thine hand" (Matt. 12:13). 
   2.Commands that are more culturally relative, such as those regarding alms and fasting (Matt. 6:1-4,16-18). 
   3.Commands that are timeless because they are concerned with an individual's thoughts and relationships. Examples of this type of command are: 
     "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matt. 22:37). 
     "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matt. 22:39). 
     "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:48). 
     This third category deals with the ultimate issues of existence. This book will be concerned mainly with this type of imperative. 

Dr. Elizabeth L. Carey retired in 1990 as Associate Professor of Religion at Principia College, where she taught New Testament courses for 13 years. She has a BA in English/Education from Principia College, an MA in English from Michigan State University, an MRE from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament Studies from Walden University. 

Dr. Carey has studied in summer programs around the world at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem (Judaism); University of Hawaii (Asian culture); University of Ghana (African studies); Oxford University (English literature); Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Archaeology); Greek studies in Macedonia, Greece; and New Testament studies at McCormick Seminary in Chicago and Christ
Seminary Seminex in St. Louis. 

After retirement, Dr. Carey maintained a busy schedule in adult education in her field, teaching and lecturing worldwide. 

Dr. Carey presently is in the healing ministry as a Journal-listed Christian Science practitioner. 

CONTENTS BY CHAPTER 
Chapter 1 JESUS' COMMANDS
Chapter 2 THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS (Lists and Questions)
Chapter 3 JUDGE NOT (Translations)
Chapter 4 EARTHLY VALUES (Poetic or Literal Reading)
Chapter 5 HEAL THE SICK (Freewheeling Questions)
Chapter 6 NO ANGER  (All Sections Considered)
Chapter 7 LOVE ENEMIES (Opposites)
Chapter 8 THE GOLDEN RULE (Not Unique)
Chapter 9 NEW COMMANDMENT IN JOHN (Prioritize)
Chapter 10 PRAYER, ALMS, FASTING (Cultural Setting)
Chapter 11 ADULTERY, DIVORCE, MARRIAGE (Deepening the Law)
Chapter 12 BE PERFECT (Word Study)
Chapter 13 OTHER COMMANDS (Interrelatedness)
Chapter 14 CONCLUSION