First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Christian Science Reading Room

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

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


Photo of Holy Bible and Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy

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 a replay of a Monitor webinar, 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


    Featured product this month

    The Christian Science Monitor



    The Christian Science Monitor strives to deliver journalism that chronicles the advancement of humanity, which includes pointing out where progress is still needed and exploring how we can find ways forward.

    Available as a daily digital edition, and as a weekly print magazine (shown above).

    Call 949-494-4503 to purchase, or Subscribe online.



    Printed on the 100th anniversary of the newspaper's establishment, this pamphlet contains articles about the Monitor's history and mission. $8.50



    These greeting cards pair inspiring quotes from the Christian Science Hymnal with beautiful photographs from The Christian Science Monitor. Each card is blank inside for your own message. The box contains two copies of five different designs for a total of ten per box. $21.50


    Also featured



    Third in a three-part series, this book follows the life of Mary Baker Eddy from 1892 to her passing in 1910. In those years Eddy established The Mother Church in Boston and founded The Christian Science Monitor$29.99


    Does good always win out? These articles and accounts of healing, published in The Christian Science Journal or the Christian Science Sentinel, address how persistent, consistent, and expectant prayers can result in healing, positive change, and success.  $3.99



    Composer, pianist, and singer Andrew Brewis performs original settings of spiritual poems including many from the Christian Science Hymnal.  $12.99

    Phone orders

    All of our products 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.


    Related articles from the Mary Baker Eddy Library

    From the Collections: Charles Gratke reports
    on the rise of Hitler

    Gain new insights into the work of reporters for The Christian Science Monitor. Archival accounts from the newspaper’s staff portray a compelling incident involving correspondent Charles Edward Gratke (1901–1949). It took place in 1933, during the time of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. 


    The Monitor in Moscow 

    Learn about The Christian Science Monitor’s impactful reporting from Russia during the twentieth century. The Library's video will explore the paper’s longstanding engagement with that country, from the last years of Tsarist rule to the beginning of the Russian Federation, following the Soviet Union’s 1991 collapse. Guests include Marshall Ingwerson, a former Monitor correspondent in Moscow, and Dorothy Rivera, Manager of Research Services at the Library. She gives special attention to the career of correspondent Edmund Stevens, including his series “This is Russia Uncensored,” which earned the Monitor its first Pulitzer Prize in 1950. 


    Featured podcasts from Sentinel Watch


    "Looking into the eyes of an armed soldier" with Clara Germani.

    Clara was on a news reporting trip in a war zone when things got scary. Listen in to hear how a simple insight from her study of Christian Science had a transformational effect on her view of "the enemy"—and what she experienced.

    "Where is God When Bad Things Happen?"  

    Have you ever asked yourself where God is when you’re faced with bad news—and more bad news? In September 2021, Sentinel Watch lined up several guests to tackle that question. You are invited to listen to each episode in the series or read the transcripts on the individual episode landing pages to discover ideas that spark hope and to find new inspiration.


    NEW - Portuguese translation of Miscellaneous Writings

    Mary Baker Eddy wrote many articles, letters, and poems to support and encourage the spiritual strengthening of the growing membership of the Christian Science church she founded.  Many were originally published in The Christian Science Journal magazine during her lifetime.  When they were first collected into this anthology, she suspended all Christian Science teaching for one year, urging the study of this book in its place.

    Call us at 949-494-4503 to place your order.




    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

    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