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Robert C. Goodspeed

Robert GoodspeedBob Goodspeed has always been fascinated with words. As an English literature graduate of Princeton University and Harvard’s Masters of Teaching program, he taught for nineteen years before writing a series of textbooks. As a dedicated student of the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, he has seen how the Bible writers and Jesus taught by symbols as did Eddy. This book guides in recognizing and using this powerful literary device, metaphors, for inspiration and learning. He has served Christian Science churches in many capacities. He hopes his joie de vivre shines through this volume.

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Metaphors in the Study of Christian Science

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Metaphors in the Study of Christian Science: and the light they shed on its founder, Mary Baker Eddy
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  • Table of Contents
  • Sample pages
  • Paperback:198 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:1453579044
  • ISBN-13:978-1453579046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6 x 9.2 inches

Description: This book uncovers Mary Baker Eddy’s skill in seizing upon images of comparison to clarify her religious perspectives. Metaphors reveal her knowledge of nature and the arts, war and courtrooms, cities and towns, the home and farm environment, and the modern inventions of her day, nineteenth century America. What did Jesus, among others, and Mary Baker Eddy, see in teaching by parable, allegory, and metaphor? This book is not a biography, but sheds light on Eddy as a person you will want to get to know. Seeing her through her metaphors will complement the insights that the biographies supply.
This book will renew your appreciation of metaphors which use objects, persons, and places to convey spiritual ideas, moving us from known specifics to unknown abstractions. Jesus chose language specifically targeting his audience, the likes of farmers, shepherds, and fishermen. Eddy in turn targeted her audience of consumers and merchants. All her symbols were well known in the nineteenth century. The excerpts are drawn from the Bible, Eddy’s writings, and the Christian Science Hymnal. As author and compiler, I am sure you will gain much from the read. What a treat!


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