First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Christian Science Reading Room

Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.

Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Everyone is welcome!

Hours & location

  • Mon - Sat  9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. 
  • Closed Sundays & holidays. 

284 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Public parking available nearby in Ocean Avenue Lot B and in the Peppertree Lot.

949-494-4503 | E-mail | Directions


Browse through our bookstore



We sell Bibles and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science,  including her ground-breaking work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which opens up the Bible in its application to all human needs.  Children's books featuring Bible stories are also available.

Find inspiration in our study room



Do Bible research, spend time in quiet reflection, or read and listen to more than 100 years of first-hand accounts of healing.  You'll find a peaceful, uplifting atmosphere and helpful librarians.


Read The Christian Science Monitor and pray for the world



Pull up a chair in our study room and catch up on world news with the online daily-version of the internationally-acclaimed Christian Science Monitor

You can also read the weekly print version, or watch replays of Monitor webinars, such as "Finding Resilience in Ukraine." 

The Monitor's aim is to embrace the human family, shedding light with the conviction that understanding the world's problems and possibilities moves us toward solutions.

See the Monitor's full coverage of Ukraine

See the Monitor's spiritual perspective - "Finding freedom"


    Featured products for July



    This greeting card features a photograph taken in a celebratory moment that features dramatic fireworks. The verse on the front of the card is from Psalms 4:7: “Thou hast put gladness in my heart.” The card is blank inside for your own message. Printed on high quality card stock with white envelopes.  $2.75 each

    Call 949-494-4503 to purchase.


    This album consists of eleven pieces written and performed by Peter Allen—musical explorations of Bible passages, including “The trees of the field shall clap their hands” and “I shall not die, but live.” The accompanying booklet includes the corresponding passage for each piece for reading as you listen.  CD $12

    Call 949-494-4503 to purchase.

    Listen to sample tracks


    Embrace the healing power of music with 21 beloved hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal. Included are settings of all seven of Mary Baker Eddy’s hymns, with other favorites like "I Love Thy Way of Freedom, Lord," “From Sense to Soul,” “In Heavenly Love Abiding,” and “O Dreamer, Leave Thy Dreams for Joyful Waking.” Seven singers perform with either piano or organ accompaniment from the organ of The Mother Church. Includes a 20-page booklet with track listing, the words of all the hymns, information about the musicians, alphabetical listing of hymns, and complete attribution and copyright notices.  CD $16

    Listen to sample tracks

    Also featured, for children



    This book retells each of Jesus’ and his followers’ healings from the Bible. It also contains historical information, definitions, and insights into Jesus’ ministry. A special section of recent healings attests to the vitality and relevance of Christ-healing today.

    Written in clear, direct, accessible language—and filled with beautiful, historically informed, full-color illustrations, maps, glossaries, a bibliography, and an index—Stories of Healing is an engaging and inspiring tribute to Jesus’ healing legacy. Written to be accessible for 8 to 12-year-olds, the book appeals to readers of all ages.  Paperback $19.99; hardcover $39.99



    Phone orders

    Many of our products are available in languages other than English.  All may be special ordered and picked up at the Reading Room or mailed to you.  Please call 949-494-4503 to place your order.  View all product categories available in our Reading Room.


    This month's featured podcasts


    "Our most precious freedom"

    With Tony Lobl of London, England.




    From The Mary Baker Eddy Library



    "The Christian Science encounter with interfaith at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions"

    What did it mean for the newly emerging Christian Science church to be part of a pioneering interfaith conference at Chicago’s glittering Columbian Exposition in 1893? Listen to a conversation with Dr. Richard Seager, author of The World’s Parliament of Religions: The East/West Encounter, Chicago, 1893. The Mary Baker Eddy Library’s Megan Peno joins him to discuss what the World’s Parliament of Religions revealed about both the challenges and possibilities for dialogue among global faiths. The Parliament brought together an unprecedented gathering of religious  traditions from both inside and outside the Judeo-Christian fold. For Christian Scientists, the conference was at the same time an exciting and complicated experience. For Mary Baker Eddy, it raised concerns about mixing spirituality with the opulence of a massive world’s fair.

    Learn more





    "Lucia C. Warren"

    Read the untold story of a woman who pioneered the documentation of Mrs. Eddy' and Christian Science church history.

    Read more

    Articles relating to this week's Bible Lesson


    You are invited to stop by or visit this website each week to read articles chosen by our Reading Room staff that relate to the current week's Bible Lesson. 

    The librarians can also direct you to online resources at in support of your Bible study.



    Other publications available to read or purchase

    Call 949-494-4503 if you would like to order any of the publications listed below: 

    Christian Science Bible Lessons
    (weekly, monthly or quarterly)

    The Christian Science Sentinel (weekly)
    includes lecture notices

    The Herald of Christian Science (monthly or quarterly) in many languages

    The Christian Science Journal (monthly)
    includes a directory of churches.

    The Christian Science Monitor, available in daily, weekly, and monthly editions.  Digital and print.

    Your Daily Lift, (weekdays) a free
    2-minute podcast




    Additional information