Christian Scienceby Mark Twain
Book II was written at the beginning of 1903, and has not until now appeared in any
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Book I of this volume occupies a quarter or a third of the volume, and consists of matter written about four years ago, but not hitherto published in book form. It contained errors of judgment and of fact. I have now corrected these to the best of my ability and later knowledge.
Book II was written at the beginning of 1903, and has not until now appeared in any form. In it my purpose has been to present a character- portrait of Mrs. Eddy, drawn from her own acts and words solely, not from hearsay and rumor; and to explain the nature and scope of her Monarchy, as revealed in the Laws by which she governs it, and which she wrote herself.
MARK TWAIN NEW YORK. January, 1907.
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This book was a big dissapointment. It was extremely repetitive. All the information and commentary could have easily been condensed to 50 pages. As a result, I found it to be a very boring read. The main body of the book is nothing more than Twain bashing the religion and its founder, which it seems was fueled by personal tragedies in Twains life. It was very pessimistic and one-sided. However, I found Appendix D to be very insightful. It conveys a deeply spiritual side of Twain. I found his thoughts on prayer to be deeply moving, and this was the only reason I gave it three stars.