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Turning Points In Spiritual Growth

When I was healed of monthly suffering

I was brought up with Christian Science. My mom drove my brother and me to the Christian Science Sunday School regularly, even though we bickered on the way there in the back seat! When I was about nineteen, a healing proved to be a turning point in my practice and understanding of Christian Science.

Lessons in worth and humility

I had always been proud of the religion ingrained in me from childhood. And yet I was taught to accept my existence as a sinner living in a state of unworthiness.

No more aggressive doubt

I grew up in a dedicated Christian Science family. My mum left her hairdressing business to become a Christian Science practitioner when I was very young, and my dad had been a Christian Scientist since very early in their marriage.

Never unwanted

As a child, I was often told I was unwanted, unwelcome, even a “thorn in the flesh. ” These remarks sank deeply into my heart.

Two commandments that changed my life

In 1944, a series of physical exams for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces consistently indicated I had contracted tuberculosis. I was labeled “4-F”—unfit for military service.

Cover to cover

I was literally knocked off my feet. Out of the blue, I was stricken with such pain that it prevented me from leaving my studio apartment for several weeks—much of the time unable to get up from an easy chair.

Only God’s goodness ‘runs in the family’

My great-grandparents were contemporaries of Mary Baker Eddy, and my great-grandmother was the first in our family to become a Christian Scientist. She raised 13 children, and she also held mortgages for people, so she was a businesswoman back when many women were not engaged in such activities.

Progress and healing in my practice of Christian Science

I was raised going to the Christian Science Sunday School, and I think it’s fair to say that I have never known a time when I didn’t know Christian Science. I have been healed of numerous problems —from broken bones to being bullied at high school to workplace challenges.

When I came back to Christian Science

About six or seven years ago I became discouraged about the power and presence of God and stopped studying Christian Science. I still attended church because I drove my mother to the services.

Turning to God brings healing

I’d like to share a couple of turning points in my life. The first occurred after I came back into Christian Science (see Donna Mae Berneman testimony in the October 19, 1981, Sentinel ).