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For college I attended a huge university in the United States on a scholarship. To keep it, I had to maintain a certain grade point average. I was doing fine until a required speech course suddenly threatened my scholarship. I failed at writing my first speech!
Since I was a member of The Mother Church, I followed the Church Manual, written by the Church founder, Mary Baker Eddy. One By-Law requests that members subscribe to the Christian Science periodicals (see p. 44), which includes the international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor. When it arrived by mail every day, I placed each copy of the paper in a pile behind my dorm room door. Being a college student, I felt too busy to read them, and the pile gradually reached the ceiling.
On the day that I failed my speech, I was so scared. I didn’t know where to turn for help in speech writing. In dejection, I returned to my room, shut the door, and stared at the tall stack of newspapers. Suddenly the words popped into my thought, “You could read those.”
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