Desire for Liquor and Tobacco Disappeared

I first heard of Christian Science four years ago. At that time drinking and smoking were my comforters. I had lived almost constantly from childhood in that atmosphere. I had no other associates. Though I was far from being satisfied with my condition I failed to see how to better it until I read Science and Health. I used occasionally to listen to a sermon, but sermons did not give me any more comfort than I derived from my pipe, hence I concluded the orthodox church could not satisfy me and I preferred drinking and smoking. When I began to read Science and Health I saw it offered something substantial. After a few months' study all desire for drinking and smoking disappeared. I did not give them up; I made no sacrifices, I simply found something better. I might mention that I smoked ever since I can remember. I used to smoke years before I left school, and, like most Englishmen, loved my pipe, and would almost prefer to miss a meal rather than to go without my smoke. I used to think it gave me comfort.

During my four years' study of Christian Science I have not spent a cent for doctors or medicine, neither have I lost a day from my work on account of sickness, which compares wonderfully with the previous four years. I take a great interest and pleasure in reading the Bible and studying the lessons in the Quarterly. The Bible used to be a most mysterious book to me, but "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" makers it a most precious book, making its meaning clearer, plainer, and simpler.

Testimony of Healing
The Fields are White already for Harvest
March 7, 1901

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