Throughout her youth and early adulthood, Mary Baker Eddy faced poor health, and financial and emotional hardship. She overcame these challenges to become one of the most prominent individuals of her day. Toward the end of her career, Human Life magazine described her as "the most famous, interesting and powerful woman in America, if not in the world, today."

Mary Baker Eddy at a glance

  • Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.
  • Healer and pioneer of a reliable, widely practiced system of prayer-based healing.
  • Author of a groundbreaking book on spirituality and healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which has sold over 10 million copies.
  • Founder of a publishing house whose products include books, weekly and monthly magazines, foreign language magazine (published in 13 languages), and a daily, self-study Bible guide.
  • Founder and publisher of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.
  • Leader of a worldwide church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and its branches in 82 countries.

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