Lectures and Articles on Christian Science by Edward A. Kimball
Wait, Edna Kimball. Lectures and Articles on Christian Science by Edward A. Kimball. Chesterton, IN: Edna Kimball Wait, 1921.
Published posthumously by Edward A. Kimball’s daughter, this book constitutes a collection of Kimball’s lectures, articles, addresses and letters to Christian Scientists. Wait writes, “From the time my father passed on in 1909 there was a demand upon my mother to publish his lectures and articles in book form, and with that end in view she and I reviewed his writings” (6). The popularity of his lectures and writings is attested by both Mary Baker Eddy herself and Kimball’s close friend, Bicknell Young. Shortly after his death, Eddy referred to him as “my beloved [Kimball], whose clear, correct teaching of Christian Science has been and is an inspiration to the whole world” (The Christian Science Journal, Oct. 1909, 506). In ‘Personal Recollections,’ published in this volume, Young wrote of his meeting Kimball: “Thus began a friendship which I count the most sacred and beautiful that I have ever known” (11). The largest portion of the book includes 18 lectures, given mostly in the American Midwest and England. A number of his letters and addresses to Christian Scientists reflect his profound gratitude for Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science and his estimation that the ancient “religious worthies … would have rejoiced could they have seen [our] day” (413).