January 27, 2016
“My beloved is mine, and I am his,” sounds like a Valentine’s Card, but it is one of the many romantic sayings from the Bible’s Song of Solomon. If the Post Office has been stuffing your mailbox with jewelry store ads or you’ve been shopping for cards for loved ones, then you know know what holiday is approaching. Our readings this Wednesday are on the topic of Love and Marriage.
Some of the readings are verses that I do not recall hearing in our Bible Lessons recently, such as:
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Eph. 5:22)
Man should not be required to participate in all the annoyances and cares of domestic economy, nor should woman be expected to understand political economy. (SH 59)
Obviously, we cannot take these verses out of context, especially historical context!
And, while we are on the subject of marriage and historical context, some of you may have already received information about Cindy Peyser Safronoff’s new book, Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull and the Battle for the Soul of Marriage. You can read more about it on this link:
In skimming through Cindy’s website, I saw where Crossing Swords has received several accolades, such as 2016 Illumination Book Awards (one of the best Christian books), 2015 Winner in Regional Literature for the New England Book Festival, and 2015 USA Best Book Awards Finalist. It has also received positive reviews from nonfiction Pulitzer Prize winners and from members of the Christian Science community, such as Dick Davenport (former CS Military Chaplain and current director of the Higher Ground Bible Seminars). I contacted the author, Cindy Safronoff, to see if she would be willing to SKYPE our Time for Thinkers Book Club, which meets in the Fourth Church Sunday School, and she said she would be delighted! We will probably be SKYPING with Cindy on February 27th at 10 am, but we could meet at another time if I get a majority of responses from those who want to attend this event and have a conflict. It would be great if you would read the book too, but that is not a requirement. In fact, here is what Cindy emailed me about reading her book:
Having a discussion about the book with people is a great way to interest people in reading it. And even those who don’t read the book will get something out of the discussion. But most people find the book to be an easy read, and people often say it’s hard to put down once they start reading.
It is wonderful to be able to support independent and positive research about Mrs. Eddy, and we are trying to do our part!