‘With You Always’ probes MBE hymns

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February 2nd, 2009

Posted on this website, in addition to the Ananias welcome letter I co-authored with others, are a number of essays relating my decision for Jesus Christ and my break with Christian Science.

Three small books I wrote while struggling to remain a follower of Mrs. Eddy may also be of interest to present or former Christian Scientists, or anyone inquiring into the way Scientists think.

My ever-growing attraction to the person of Christ is evident from their titles.

WITH YOU ALWAYS
The Presence of Jesus in Mary Baker Eddy’s Hymns

A close study of Gospel references, allusions, and influences in each of her seven poems as set to music for singing every Sunday. These hymns are amazingly permeated with the Lord’s nearness, quietly subverting Mrs. Eddy’s unitarian intent.

KISS THE CROSS
Letters from a Pilgrimage

Sixteen essays on biblical topics including the Manger and the Cross, the First Commandment, and the Lord’s Prayer. Several had been submitted for publication in the CS periodicals and rejected for unstated reasons – perhaps because I was known as an evangelical maverick.

THE RYAN FILE
Four Stories of Him who is Come to Seek
and to Save That which was Lost

Fictional series about Tim Ryan, a young Catholic who becomes a Christian Science practitioner. I was exploring how a man not unlike myself could embrace Science and Health while continuing to love the crucified and risen Lord. Ultimately I concluded no one could.

These books date from 1988-1991, shortly before I left The Mother Church in 1992 and received Christian baptism in 1993. Three separately printed articles, written since I embraced biblical Christianity, include:

** MRS. EDDY’S CHILDREN
A Five-Generation Portrait

Fictional history of an American family following Christian Science for over one hundred years, dealing with doubts and adversity but keeping on. Brings to life the CS worldview and social networks as experienced from inside, remarkably resistant to external pressures.

** MY FRIEND LEWIS
Personal reflections on how the writings of C. S. Lewis were initially a companion to me in the Christian Science way of life — and then ultimately a motivator and guide for my conversion to gospel faith.

** FIVE LESSONS OF LEADERSHIP
How forty years in politics and the public arena slowly taught me to abandon self-salvation and follow the Carpenter. Originally given as a speech during a mission trip to Cambodia.

Each of the books is $10 postpaid.
Each of the articles (starred **) is $3 postpaid.

Send check with your postal address to:
SYNTHESIS COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Attn: John Andrews
8547 E. Arapahoe #J-122
Englewood CO 80112

The author can be reached at andrewsjk@aol.com

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