This first-person narrative tells the story of a committed Christian Scientist who, following a series of extraordinary personal events beginning in childhood, left his church to continue pursuing answers to the God and healing questions in contemporary scientific and philosophical thinking.
An insightful look into the personal evolution of faith, poignant for anyone struggling with questions of faith and religion.
Ellis narrates his life, laying out the underpinnings of his often controversial religion, as well as those singular episodes that collided with his faith – his father's free speech case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, his devotedly Christian Science mother being radiated by the Harvard University cyclotron, his father's unsolved murder in Harlem, and the religious tensions that were in his childhood home and that ultimately exploded.
Ellis' sometimes painful, always captivating journey will inspire people of faith being challenged by today's explosion of scientific and technological discoveries which appear to leave no room for God. This engaging, intimate, spiritual adventure demonstrates that it's perfectly OK and intellectually healthy to question our cherished spiritual convictions.
This is the first writing to reveal one Christian Science family's history – their lives, their way of worship, the author's discoveries that changed his faith, and why his struggle over the relevance of faith continues to this moment.
Robert Y. Ellis began writing as a journalist with the Pulitzer Prize winning international newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor. His career path includes: Executive Secretary of the U.S. Figure Skating Association and editor of Skating Magazine; author of a home improvement book; and with wife, Barbara, owners-innkeepers of the acclaimed Yankee Clipper Inn in Rockport, MA. Today, the Ellises reside along the Rockport coastline.
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