"...do justly, ..love mercy,... and walk humbly with thy God"
"...do justly, ..love mercy,... and walk humbly with thy God"
I love the author’s approach in this study of “Christ and Christmas" - relying on the illustrations, the text of the poem, and the supporting Scriptural citations in the glossary as the foundation for the insights given in “Truth’s Prism and Praise.” From this foundation point, the author would then bring in related writings of Mrs. Eddy, other Bible translations, and a few commentary findings to elucidate the points she was making. She unearthed so many jewels that compliment the study of "Christ and Christmas." I can’t tell you how many times I said “whoa!” out loud. There were so many substantial insights that I had never considered before. I’ve found myself returning to the resource guide several times to refresh my thought on a particular scientific thought. Thank you for the wonderful book! It is obviously a work that is near and dear the author’s heart.
“For me, ‘Truth’s Prism and Praise’ has opened the inter-relatedness of ‘Christ and Christmas’ with Mrs. Eddy’s other writings, and with the Bible. ’Truth’s Prism and Praise' maintains a fidelity to discovering and understanding Christian Science through ‘The Books’ that was previously obscured by some of the notes that were circulated through the Field over decades. ’Truth’s Prism and Praise' doesn’t so much explain 'Christ and Christmas' as it does to give to the reader, a guide to furthering their own study and understanding of 'Christ and Christmas', and to not be daunted or distracted by the combination of illustrations, poetry, and Biblical verses. ’Truth’s Prism and Praise' makes 'Christ and Christmas' more accessible, and opens a door to finding its healing message.” RM
Wow! What a book! I loved it all, and felt inspired reading it. I so appreciate the tremendous effort, research, knowledge of CS and Mrs Eddy, love, details, information, and above all the depth of spiritual commentary. It has given me a fuller understanding not only of the paintings themselves, but of Mrs Eddy. For this I am extremely grateful!
I'll never forget the afternoon I spent at the special exhibit on Rembrandt at the Louvre many years ago. I did the audio guide and loved seeing and hearing details about each painting that I would not have otherwise noticed or known about. I went slowly and drank in every detail. I had the same experience with your "Truth's Prism and Praise" (though admittedly I had a bigger head start on CS than I did with Rembrandt!). The detail is astonishing. I didn't rush reading it, I really took my time, walking (reading) through the gallery
What an enlightening experience I have had in reading your book! You have certainly covered every possible meaning of all the items found in the paintings of "Christ and Christmas.". Also, you have clearly revealed the degrees of thought, which I appreciated, and what degree do we want to be in. Thank you for your dedication in preparing this book for all to read.
Truth's Prism and Praise, by Betty Ann Lawrence, CS. Truth's Prism and Praise is a study and resource guide in re-discovering Mary Baker Eddy's book, Christ and Christmas
Slideshow presentation from 1-3 hours. An in-depth look at Christ and Christmas.
An Association Address from 3 - 5 hours long. Listen to the healing truth found in Christ and Christmas.
Nehemiah Lessons For All
I love to teach the youngest class in Sunday School! Repetition is key. Last week we read the The Good Samaritan (originally published by CSPS in 1975). Next we took out a large piece of drawing paper. We went over the story again, only this time, I asked them what the man looked like traveling on the steep and rocky road. I drew a man walking and they told me what color his clothes were. I asked does he have straight hair? Curly hair? We drew in hair that was long and curly. We went back to the book to see what we needed to add next to our picture (this engaged them back in the book). We then drew three wicked thieves. The students took turns coloring in my pencil drawings. We continued adding details to our page until we reached the end of the book. I asked them over and over what is this man's name (pointing to the Good Samaritan). We kept his name fresh in our thought throughout the class. When their parents came to pick them up I asked them what is this man's name. The Good Samaritan they shouted! This also lets the parents know what story they learned and hopefully talk more about it at home.
This week we will again continue with The Good Samaritan. I often draw my own versions of the Bible characters and print them. I cut them out and place them on popsicle sticks. We then act out the story with our popsicle characters. I always print out extra ones for them to take home and retell the story to their parents.
You can often find clip-art drawings online that you can use for telling the beloved stories from the Bible.
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My name is Betty Lawrence. My grandmother learned of Christian Science in the 1940s. Yet like anyone who has been handed a religion by previous generations, one must make their own. Christian Science is a way of life, and it must be lived. This means reading the Bible Lessons daily from a King James Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Christ Jesus instructed us to search the scriptures. This means never be satisfied just reading the words, but uncover the meanings of the text, discover a new level of understanding using Bible commentaries, defining terms in Science and Health, and praying for a deeper understanding.
I have been a full-time Christian Science Practitioner for over 10 years, a public speaker giving talks on Christian Science and Addresses to Christian Science Associations. I have recently written a book called Truth's Prism and Praise. It is a study of Mary Baker Eddy's book, Christ and Christmas. My book is meant to awaken a new love of Christ and Christmas, and hopefully make you want to learn more.
Christian Science was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866. In her words:
"In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing. This apodictical Principle points to the revelation of Immanuel, "God with us," — the sovereign ever-presence, delivering the children of men from every ill "that flesh is heir to." Through Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts acquaint themselves intelligently with God." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy)
If you would like more information on Christian Science or the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I would love to talk with you.