Healing textbook

Science and Health with 
Key to the Scriptures


​A textbook on prayer & healing
by Mary Baker Eddy                 

Countless people have found healing just by reading Science and Health, which is based on understanding God and adhering to God's laws.  Buy or borrow Science and Health in your local Christian Science Reading Room or Online.  International editions are available.


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A guidebook on effective prayer 

If you are searching for books on prayer you have come to the right place!  Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is a guidebook on prayer and healing. It starts with this uplifting paragraph in the Preface.

"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings. The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony."  Read more


Discovery of the "science" behind Christ Jesus' teachings

Science and Health raises thought from a material to a spiritual basis.  Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, was a devout student of the Bible and was inspired to write this book after a significant healing experience.  She shared her new found discovery of the "science" behind Christ Jesus' teachings and healing prayer in the pages of her book.  Eddy "commits these pages to honest seekers for Truth," and reminds us that anything is possible with God.


Finding answers

Science and Health will answer questions you may have . . .

  • Is God good?

  • Is there another solution to my medical problem besides medicine? 

  • How do I overcome my problems and find happiness?

  • What is divine healing?

  • Can the healing power of Christ Jesus be practiced today?

  • How do healings occur? 


Prayer and healing

Science and Health contains relevant information that you can apply to today's problems to give you peace of mind.  Chapter 1, Prayer, gives insight on how to pray, including the Lord's Prayer. 

The book concludes with Fruitage in Chapter 18 with healings ranging from cataracts to cancer as a result of prayer and spiritual growth gained from the thoughts outlined in this book.

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Key to the Scriptures

The chapters on Genesis and The Apocalypse (Revelation) are helpful to Christians and people of all faiths in understanding the Bible.  Eddy calls these two chapters the "Key to the Scriptures."  
Here are excerpts from Science and Health (Chapter 15) on Genesis.  Bible passages are followed by a spiritual interpretation of each text.  Genesis 1 sets forth spiritual creation and is the basis for the teachings of Christian Science and divine healing.

Genesis i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (The Bible)  "The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only, — that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe..."  Science and Health
Genesis i. 2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  (The Bible)  "The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, — heaven and eternity..." Science and Health


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Chapter   Page
       Preface   vii
Chapter 1 Prayer     1
Chapter 2 Atonement and Eucharist   18
Chapter 3  Marriage   56
Chapter 4  Christian Science versus Spiritualism   70
Chapter 5  Animal Magnetism Unmasked 100
Chapter 6 Science, Theology, Medicine 107
Chapter 7  Physiology 165
Chapter 8  Footsteps of Truth 201
Chapter 9 Creation 255
Chapter 10 Science of Being 268
Chapter 11 Some Objections Answered 341
Chapter 12  Christian Science Practice 362
Chapter 13 Teaching Christian Science 443
Chapter 14 Recapitulation 465
Key to the Scriptures
Chapter 15 Genesis 501
Chapter 16 The Apocalypse 558
Chapter 17  Glossary 579
Chapter 18 Fruitage 600

Companion to the Bible

The book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures was published in 1875 and is the premier work of Mary Baker Eddy.  She was a life-long Bible scholar and gives an in-depth look at Biblical scriptures and stories in her writings.
Science and Health is used as a companion to The Bible, and both books together are considered as the "pastor" of the church. They are read at Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services at Christian Science churches around the world, and selections from these books are included in the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson.
To purchase a copy of this landmark book on divine healing stop by the Christian Science Reading Room in your community. It's a bookstore and library open to the public. You'll find paperback, hardbound and spiral-bound study editions of this healing guide, or audio and ebooks are available if you'd prefer to listen on the go.

You may also read the entire book online.

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