Christian Science Reading Room at SFO

Science and Health with Key to the ScripturesMary Baker Eddy’s lifelong spiritual search led to what she later characterized as a discovery.  She saw that God’s laws are powerful spiritual mandates, always present and operating to heal, to redeem, and to bless humanity.  To her, it was at the practical Christianity that Jesus taught.

Of her developing practice of Christian healing, Mary Baker Eddy wrote that she was called to a patient whom a well-known attending physician had pronounced dying of pneumonia.  “On seeing her immediately restored by me without material aid, he asked earnestly If I had a work describing my system of healing. … he urged me immediately to write a book which should explain to the world my curative system of metaphysics” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany).

At the time, she was already writing notes that would develop into her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which contains the full explanation of Christian Science and its practice of spiritual regeneration and healing.

The last 100 pages of Science and Health include testimonials of healing from those who have read and studied the book.  You can also read current-day healings in the weekly Christian Science periodical, The Christian Science Sentinel (monthly in The Christian Science Journal and non-English The Herald of Christian Science).

Science and Health was named to the Top 75 Books By Woman Whose Words Have Changed the World.

At the Reading Room, you may read or purchase a copy of Science and Health or any one of the periodicals mentioned above.

Christian Science MonitorThe Christian Science Monitor, founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1908, provides the thoughtful, humane, and balanced coverage of world news that is as alert to progress and promise as to suffering and conflict. It was established to “injure no man, but to bless all mankind” (Miscellany).  The Monitor, with several awards, includes a website (, a weekly magazine, and a digital Daily News Briefing.