Apparently Mr Saum received the following recommendation from Amazon:
Dear Amazon.com Customer,
We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased or rated ‘Rolling Away the Stone: Mary Baker Eddy’s Challenge to Materialism’ have also purchased ‘Stone Me: The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards.’ For this reason, you might like to know that ‘Stone Me’ is now available in paperback.
Considering this a dubious connection, Mr Saum delved into the subject a little more closely, and you can read (or listen to) his conclusions in the article Mrs. Eddy and Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll.
That question of what Keith Richards and Mary Baker Eddy might have in common first came to mind – well, to my mind! – towards the end of last year, when “Keef” appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, on a Sunday morning. In a conversation between the two about how the guitarist wrote the many classic songs he is responsible for, the Rolling Stone offered the following – humble – insight:
What I usually find is that there are songs floating through the air… I really look upon myself more as an antenna than going to that thing of “I created this, I wrote this” which is a little bit presumptuous, I think. My best description of it is that you are there at the right time, at the right place, and this idea will come in.
Was this a spiritual comment? I like to think so. Many musicians have a sense of a non-local creative source. The brilliant violinist Isaac Stern once famously said that he didn’t play the music, the music played him.
In her own experience as the author of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy wrote of herself as a “scribe under orders” who could not “refrain from transcribing what God indites”. While Keith Richards has an outstanding track record as a creative song writer with an “antenna” for sharp lyrics and a cracking tune, Eddy could be described as an “antenna” attuned to the ideas springing forth from divine Spirit’s constant self-revealing, which she perceived, proved and articulated. While Keith Richards can name many r’n’b masters as his guiding lights in musical composition, Eddy looked to Jesus particularly and other Bible luminaries, as her guiding lights.
Of course, the differences in their biographies are legion. While Keith Richards famously said “I’ve never had problems with drugs…I’ve had problems with the police” Eddy has helped millions of people find healing from all kinds of ailments without resorting to recreational or medicinal drugs. And while the Rolling Stones famously made “I can’t get no satisfaction” an anthem for a generation that were experimenting with all kinds of ways and means to seek satisfaction, Eddy’s ideas have helped millions of people find a profoundly sincere sense of satisfaction through simply feeling the spiritual love of God, without any material aids.
Notwithstanding these differences in specific talents and scope of action, I share the thoughts of one of the commenters under Mr Saum’s article, who wrote:
Frankly, I love both Keith Richards and Mrs. Eddy. And now I have to love Steven Saum…anyone who could come up with with this juxtaposition deserves it!
Here is a video of Keith Richards honouring the African-American blues maestros from whom the Rolling Stones got their ideas and developed their sound.