A look inside the Sterling Edition

The Office of the Publisher’s Agent, Mary Baker Eddy’s Writings, is delighted—more than that, thrilled—to announce the publication of a new size and series of the Bible and Science

sterling edition books

and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. The purpose of this “Sterling Edition” is to make it as easy as possible to read, study, and mark these healing books. Books are available in paperback, hardcover, and navy blue leather bindings. Slightly larger in size than the popular Newtype Edition, originally published in the 1950s, the page size of the Sterling Edition is 6" by 9".


The cover artwork on the paperback and hardcover books is taken directly from a window in the Original Edifice of The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The “Window of the Open Book” is a large rose window featuring an open Science and Health in its center, and was a gift from the then-Directors of The Mother Church. The window's theme is “The New Jerusalem” (see Science and Health, pp. 574-575). Joseph Armstrong noted in his book, Building of The Mother Church, “The rounded central light was the proper place for an open Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. This suggested the name ‘Window of the Open Book,’ signifying that the radiance from this new revelation shows the meaning of all the Bible promises and prophecies, as symbolized by the figures surrounding the center” (p. 46).


Recent technological and printing improvements allowed us to print from a digital file for the first time. With this step of progress, we made improvements to the presentation of each text including

  • crisper, more readable fonts

  • more space between each line of text (making it easier to read)

  • large margins (ideal for note-taking)

  • line numbers in the outer margins of Science and Health (easy to find citations)

  • blue marginal headings that add a valuable visual cue to topics without being distracting from the core text

The paper selected is of the highest quality. Durable and thin, yet fairly opaque, the pages open—and stay open—easily. For those who love marking their books with chalk, the paper erases easily.

A quick look into the Bible

open Bible page

A quick look into Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

open Science and Health page

We hope this Sterling edition inspires you anew to open these precious books and read them with joy!

Watch a short video and learn more about this edition at christianscience.com/sterling.

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