↠ Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood || ☆ PDF Read by Ô Barbara Sjoholm

By Barbara Sjoholm | Comments: ( 734 ) | Date: ( Apr 10, 2020 )

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 motheFrom 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.


  • Title: Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood
  • Author: Barbara Sjoholm
  • ISBN: 9780312180546
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Barbara Sjoholm

I m a writer of memoir, mysteries, fiction, and travel books on Lapland and women and the sea The Pirate Queen My travel essays have appeared in Smithsonian, Slate, and American Scholar, as well as many other publications I m Irish and Swedish, but a translator of Norwegian and Danish I ve written under the names Barbara Wilson my father s adoptive name and Barbara Sjoholm which means sea island I answer to both I grew up as a Christian Scientist in California and wrote about it in Blue Windows I have an Irish passport, courtesy a grandfather from County Cork, but travel mainly now in Scandinavia I live by the Salish Sea in Port Townsend, Washington From 2001 to 2004 I spent three winters in northern Scandinavia, writing journalism and the book The Palace of the Snow Queen Winter Travels in Lapland In the process I became fascinated by the landscape and culture of the Sami people and in the life of Emilie Demant Hatt, a Danish ethnographer and artist who lived among the Swedish Sami in the first decades of the twentieth century I translated her marvelous narrative, With the Lapps in the High Mountains A Woman among the Sami 1907 8, and am currently finishing a full length book about her and her relationship to Johan Turi, the Sami hunter and writer whose book she translated and published in 1910 Demant Hatt and her youthful romance with the composer Carl Nielsen is also the subject of a pair of historical novels I ve just published Fossil Island and its sequel The Former World A long time ago I co founded Seal Press and was a publisher and editor there for many years I ve also written two series of mysteries with lesbian sleuths, Pam Nilsen, a printer in Seattle, and the globe trotting translator Cassandra Reilly Gaudi Afternoon, with Cassandra, and set in Barcelona, was awarded a Lambda and a British Crime Writers Award and made into a film with Judy Davis and Marcia Gay Harden I like reading everything, especially fiction from other parts of the world I belong to a translation reading book group, which has introduced me to the work of Elena Ferrante, Gail Hareven, Scholastique Mukasonga, and many other wonderful and sometimes challenging writers I still love detective fiction or any novel with a mystery at its heart I blog about Scandinavia at Lapponia barbarasjoholm , and have two websites, barbarasjoholm and emiliedemanthatt



Comments Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    I really liked this book - and I loved parts of it. It's a fine line to combine a painfully heartbreaking memoir with a historical and philosophical perspective and the author finds a good balance. Unique and deeply thought-provoking read.


  • Lisagarden

    This book is really interesting. Barbara Wilson did an amazing job. It covers a lot within the semi autobiographical story of a young girl from a family with a history of Christian Science Practitioners whose mother struggles with cancer. There is also historical information about Christian Science, about when it first came of age and the importance and power that it gave women in midwest America at a time when they had little and were starting to fight for it through Suffarage. It shows the str [...]


  • Anna

    I have to admit: I judged this book by its cover and totally put off reading it (it was assigned). But this is not just a memoir. It's a memoir-biography-historical lit-travelogue and more. Wilson does a fine job of balancing her own personal story with the story of Mary Baker Eddy, the history of the Christian Science religion (fascinating), and the stories of others who choose to stay and leave the religion. Super interesting history of our country's transcendentalist/mystical past, our search [...]


  • Robin

    I was raised in Christian Science. I was recently thinking about sexuality, and how the sexuality of a girl raised in Christian Science must be deeply affected by that way of thought. I did a little digging on the internet and this book is what I found.I am not sure she will talk directly about sexuality, but so far it's an interesting look at some of the religion's roots and how this author feels she was affected by the faith, good or bad.


  • Silvio111

    Barbara Wilson's chronicle of growing up in a Christian Science family, and subsequently finding her way through a painful adolescence in which she loses her mother to mental illness, and must live with a truly "evil stepmother," all the while finding her way to becoming a writer is quite a revelation. Her examination of the family and religious ethic of denial of unpleasantness, placed in the context of the history of Christian Science, joins a familiar genre of the "coming-of-age" story with a [...]


  • Stephanie Roth

    My review is based on the first 100 pages of the book only, after which I gave up The book is more about Christian Science than a person's life. It's supposed to be a "memoire", right? I don't have anything against CS (my mother was raised as a CS and I attended CS Sunday school for a while in my teens, but it wasn't for me), but I expected more of a focus on the writer's life, less on CS as a religion. It just got boring


  • Melanie

    Lucidly written, unflinching. Historically and sociologically attentive, full of compelling characters drawn from life. A slow walk through memory, through madness and its precipitants, to a new understanding of survival. Really an amazing book--I highly recommend it.


  • Mariana

    A good memoir of a childhood tinged with her mother's faith in Christian Science, her insanity and her early death from cancer.


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