Advancing spiritual healing in communities since 1888
Margee - Librarian and Manager
Welcome to the Christian Science Reading Room in Boston! More than a bookstore, this is your community space to read, study, and pray. Let me introduce you to our knowledgeable, friendly staff below! For those history buffs, you'll be interested to see photos of how the store has changed.
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From our very first location at Hotel Boylston in 1888 to our current location at 194 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, our storefront has moved and changed throughout the years. see how
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Originally from: Chicago, IL
Current inspiration: I am reading the biography Mary Baker Eddy by Gillian Gill and find it so helpful to delve deeper into Eddy's life. I like how Gill (who isn't a Christian Scientist) presents a number of angles on various issues; then she gives the reader her best sense of what she feels is true. The research is amazingly thorough, and her writing and storytelling is very compelling. This book has given me a greater understanding and appreciation of Eddy's struggles and triumphs.
Originally from: Massachusetts
Current inspiration: I'm currently immersed in Classic Anthology II on CD. As much as I enjoyed reading these gems, I can truly say I've gained even further inspiration listening to them read with the understanding and love evidenced on these recordings.
Originally from: Connecticut
Current inspiration: I enjoy reading the Christian Science Bible Lesson, where I get fresh inspiration every day. It's like a budding flower that's opening all week long. My favorite study method is reading the lesson directly from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (by Mary Baker Eddy). I also read the printed eBibleLesson format, or listen to the audio version in the car. The Bible is a continual fount of inspiration for me, and Science and Health helps me grasp its deeper, spiritual meaning. These inspirations help me to feel "new every morning"!
Originally from: Ohio
Current inspiration: I am currently enjoying reading Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer. I am inspired by Mary Baker Eddy's dedication and care for others in the midst of her own search for a more predictable method of spiritual healing. I've found the Parallel Bible to be another great resource lately. Having four different Bible translations side-by-side is really convenient.
Originally from: New York, Illinois, California
Current inspiration: I’m perusing The Christian Science Hymnal. I’ll randomly pick a hymn to keep in thought, or even sing to myself (quietly!) It’s surprising how often the “ hymn of the day” helps with that day’s challenges.
Originally from: Upstate New York
Current inspiration: No matter what I'm facing, I'm reminded of a compassionate Bible verse like this one: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). The Reading Room is full of Bible study aids to help anyone dig deeper into these beautiful—and often familiar—passages.
Originally from: Nashville, TN
Current inspiration: I love reading Mrs. Eddy's sermons and writings that have been collected in her Prose Works. They include many inspirational, healing passages that speak so much to me in my daily life as a student of Christian Science. I really like the sermon, "The People's Idea of God: Its Effect on Health and Christianity." Prose Works is absolutely one of my favorite books ever.
Originally from: San Francisco Bay Area
Current inspiration: I have been enjoying A World More Bright, the latest biography of Mary Baker Eddy. It's a great read, full of interesting anecdotes that shed light on her character and achievements. I love how it tells her story in every day language and puts the events of her life into the context of her times. I'm finding this very helpful in responding to questions from visitors in my other job, as a tour guide at The Mother Church.
Originally from: Lots of places!
Current inspiration: I am reading William Dana Orcutt’s biography Mary Baker Eddy and Her Books. I am inspired by the great care with every detail that went into publishing Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. I am also just beginning to explore JSH-Online! I love to go there and look up articles on topics I am thinking and praying about.
Originally from: Michigan by way of Tokyo, Japan
Current inspiration: I'm really loving We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Volume II. The whole series contains reminiscences by Mrs. Eddy's early students and household workers (with duties ranging from running the household and property to helping her carry out her voluminous correspondences). I especially like their insights shared about her - as a woman, a leader and as the discoverer of Christian Science. The notes from these workers, detailing lessons from Mrs. Eddy, have really got me thinking!