Blue Windows : A Christian Science Childhood

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From Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christian Science, to Deepak Chopra, Americans have struggled with the connection between health and happiness. Barbara Wilson was taught by her Christian Scientist family that there was no sickness or evil, and that by maintaining this belief she would be protected. But such beliefs were challenged when Wilson's own mother died of breast cancer after deciding not to seek medical attention, having been driven mad by the contradiction between her religion and her ...

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Overview

From Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christian Science, to Deepak Chopra, Americans have struggled with the connection between health and happiness. Barbara Wilson was taught by her Christian Scientist family that there was no sickness or evil, and that by maintaining this belief she would be protected. But such beliefs were challenged when Wilson's own mother died of breast cancer after deciding not to seek medical attention, having been driven mad by the contradiction between her religion and her reality. In this perceptive and textured memoir, Wilson surveys the complex history of Christian Science and the role of women in religion and healing.

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"Wonderfully lucid . . . scrupulously fair-minded . . . The best sort of childhood memoir: It reaches beyond the troubled family . . . to illuminate a whole society . . . Like a pebble tossed into a pond, Blue Windows resonates in ever-widening circles." —Francine Prose, New York Newsday

"A memoir of exceptional sensitivity and intelligence." —The New Yorker

"Graceful, superbly written . . . In an age when the memoir has become transcendent, Blue Windows is among the best" —Donn Fry, The Seattle Times

"Painfully searching, honest, and, ultimately, inspiring . . . [this] courageous and moving memoir evokes a world of childhood faith and healing." —Cynthia Schrager, The Women's Review of Books

"A brave memoir . . . Wilson movingly explores [her childhood]." —Ruth Coughlin, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312180546
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 896,691
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Sjoholm is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, nonfiction, and translations. Until 2001, when she changed her last name, she wrote as Barbara Wilson. Her books include The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland and Incognito Street: How Travel Made Me a Writer, and her travel essays have appeared in Slate, Smithsonian, and the New York Times, as well as many literary journals. She was the co-founder of two publishing companies, Seal Press and Women in Translation. She is also a translator from Norwegian and Danish. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington. www.barbarasjoholm.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: "How Long Has It Been Since You've Been Home?" 1
Part 1 A Taste of Heaven
1. Absent Treatment 19
2. Mother Church 41
3. Science 67
4. Health 87
5. Blue Windows 109
6. Splinters 131
Part 2 A Taste of Hell
7. Warpaint 153
8. Eleven 173
9. Writing an Autobiography 193
10. Orphans 215
11. Wicked 237
12. Jail Bait 255
13. Fire and Brimstone 275
Part 3 Testimony
14. Stand Porter at the Door of Thought 299
15. Meeting Medusa 315
16. Testimony 333
Some Notes on Further Reading About Christian Science 343
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    I could not put the book down!

    Barbara Wilson does an excellent job of relating her personal experience and her struggles with her religion. She is an excellent writer and I am sure she could make any topic and exciting read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Wow!

    I read the book and could not put it down. I found the author to be quite factual. I too had similar experiences with Christian Science and I could relate to her experiences. I can recommend the book to anyone that wants to find out what it is like to be raised in a family that does not believe in doctors or medicine. The author explains the problems the children of Christian Science families encounter -- and how they react. A great book.

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