Lately, the book I've been picking up every night is the newest release of Mary Baker Eddy Christian Healer—Amplified Edition, by Robert Warneck and Yvonne von Fettweis. It contains all of the healings of Mary Baker Eddy ever recorded. There's something special about getting to know the woman who discovered Christian Science, through the healings she performed. Her love of the Bible, of God, and of humanity is unmistakable. She left an astounding legacy of spiritual healing that continues today.

As we were planning this issue, I had the unique opportunity to sit down with actor Val Kilmer to discuss his thoughts on Mary Baker Eddy and his current plans to make a movie about her life. Mike Davis, a researcher at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, joined us as well. "The thing that you feel about Mary Baker Eddy when you get into her life is this energy," said Val. "She's dynamic and a great, once-in-a-lifetime character to play in a movie" (p. 10). Our discussion was equally full of energy and admiration for this remarkable woman. If you'd like to hear live audio clips from the interview, or share the online version of this article with a friend, you can view it (and share your comments) on www.spirituality.com/kilmer.

We hope this issue of the Sentinel provides a window on Mary Baker Eddy's life and accomplishments, whether you know a lot, or very little, about her. As Lesley Gort writes in our lead article, "Through each word she wrote, each move she made, her heart spoke—a heart that yearned for humanity to know the spiritual, mental, and physical freedom springing from understanding the presence of God" (p. 7).

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December 14, 2009

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