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Learn to Pray and Heal

Learn to Pray and Heal

 If you missed this wonderful talk by Christian Science speaker Nate Frederick (given in Staunton, VA,  March 31st, 2019), here’s a brief summary.  See the close of this post for study resources mentioned in his talk.  

Faith, understanding and love heal!

This inspirational program was a talk augmented with slides, titled   “Learn to Pray and Heal (a spiritual adventure).” The presentation explored the healing effect of faith, spiritual understanding and unselfed love, and Nate shared many inspiring instances where heartfelt prayer and trust in God met urgent needs for himself and others. 

The speaker

Frederick is a Christian Science practitioner, who lives with his wife and daughter in Boothbay, Maine.  He travels extensively,  sharing spiritual insights into the universal power of God, and how that power can bring good in our individual lives. After studying perennial religion at Hampshire College, he worked as a media producer for The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, where he produced the award winning Daily Lift podcasts.  As a Christian Science practitioner, he now commits himself to doing what he loves most — praying with others and experiencing first-hand the healing power of God’s love. He is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.  

Women’s History Month 

Our program fell on the last day of Women’s History month, and Nate’s talk touched on the life and writings of Mary Baker Eddy, a remarkable religious reformer, thinker and healer at the turn of the 20th century. 

Eddy is the discover of Christian Science and founder of the Christian Science church. Spiritual truth expounded in the Holy Bible and Eddy’s textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, are foundational guides to effective healing prayer. Nate used this quote from the opening chapter on Prayer in Science and Health as his keynote theme: 

The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God — an understanding of Him, an unselfed love. — Mary Baker Eddy

Lecture in Charlottesville

Nate presented a second, companion talk titled “Prayer and Well-Being” in Charlottesville, April 1st.  It was held at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.  Christian Science churches in Waynesboro and Charlottesville co-sponsored both events.

Explore the topic

Complementary copies of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and of the Bible were available at the talks, and can be purchased from the on-line store at, and at Christian Science Reading Rooms. In his talk, Nate related several wonderful experiences where individuals introduced to this book gained liberating spiritual views of their identity, and found healing of invalidism and diagnosed medical conditions.

Among many available biographies of Mary Baker Eddy, he especially recommended Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer by Von Fettweiss and Yvonne Cache.  This may also be purchased at the online shop, and may be borrowed or purchased at our Waynesboro Reading Room. We carry a selection of both brief and in depth Eddy biographies, many of which are also in our lending library.  See Reading Room for our hours.