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Exhibit spotlights religion founder

Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the First Church of Christ, Scientist, is showcased in the county's libraries.

In celebration of National Women's History Month, highlights of Mary Baker Eddy's life work are being displayed in the Citrus County Public Library System.

Eddy is the author of the best-selling book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a pioneer in mind-body medicine and a prominent publisher. Eddy's achievements and healing system continue to have widespread influence.

Eddy's life was not without difficulties. Her notable achievements were preceded by years of chronic ill health, the death of her husband when she was pregnant with her first child, the loss of her child to foster parents, poverty and homelessness.

Mark Twain wrote of Eddy, "In several ways she is the most interesting woman that ever lived, and the most extraordinary."

Almost a century ago, when women were unable to vote, Eddy started The Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning international daily newspaper.

In days notorious for yellow journalism, Eddy established the object of the newspaper "to injure no man but to bless all mankind." The electronic version of the daily paper can now be read at http://www.csmonitor.com.

When Eddy's ideas about Christian healing were rejected by the established religions of her day, she found it necessary to establish her own church, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, which now has branch churches and Reading Rooms throughout the world, including First Church of Christ, Scientist, and the Christian Science Reading Room in Inverness.

The display on Eddy, along with informative brochures, can be viewed for the remainder of this month at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness; the Central Ridge Library, 524 W Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills; and the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W Crystal St., Crystal River.

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