A nonfiction story about the followers of Reverend Mary Baker Eddy who became active in the religious landscape throughout the world with the founding of her church in Boston in 1879, The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Christian Scientists built branch churches in nearly every town and city in America, often elegant and some like megachurches in their day. Meticulously researched using privately held primary sources, Dedication gives a rare inside look at who built these churches and how they faced the many challenges of a major construction project. Through this engaging democratic drama about Seattle’s spiritual development, author Cindy Peyser Safronoff explores aspects of Mary Baker Eddy’s church, and what it means to be dedicated. (paperback and e-book, 2020)
DEDICATION: A CENTENNIAL STORY (Podcast)
Free audio version of DEDICATION, read by the author. Each podcast episode is one chapter of the book/e-book (review draft). Each episode has a theme and a hero and stands alone as a short story. Listen to one or more, and learn how the Christian Science movement was built. The podcast is hosted on a Podbean website and also available for download through most popular podcast outlets.
A dual biography of two of America's most famous historical women focused on the marriage debate that occured when women's rights were a new movement and the legal changes needed for woman suffrage seemed to shake the foundation of the male-female relationship, Crossing Swords explores the contentious free-love movement through the love lives, careers, and public statements of Mary Baker Eddy and Victoria Claflin Woodhull, who came from completely different backgrounds and had polar opposite views on marriage and sexuality. This thought-provoking story is a surprisingly relevant prequel to the similarly divisive social issues of our own era. (paperback and e-book, 2015)
A short story about a woman who reluctantly ends up on one of the greatest mountaineering challenges in North America. She signs on for what seemed to be an overly ambitious challenge to summit Mount Rainier with an all-female climbing team of fellow mountaineering newbies. On the climb she faces challenges of self confidence, difficult late-season glacier conditions, and an equipment failure. Join author Cindy Peyser Safronoff and the all-female team on their Rainier challenge to learn how chicks climb. (Amazon e-book, 2011)