Our Literature

Having been for the past two and a half years living in a foreign country, in one of the few places where Christian Science has scarcely yet broken ground, I have to a greater or less extent felt the loss of personal association with other brethren in the truth. In many ways this has brought an experience that has been helpful and strengthening, as it has taught me to realize more fully than ever before, the immediate presence and protection of divine Love.

When I left home I brought with me the bound volumes for seven years past, of the Journal and also all the bound volumes of the Sentinel. It would be impossible to express in words, the company, comfort, and blessing that this literature has brought to me, covering as it does such a wide range of experiences passed through and victories won, containing so many words of comfort, instruction, and love, so that it is never hard to find a parallel problem to the one we may have in hand at any given time, and one which has been solved by some other brother or sister who has passed over the same ground. These silent companions are always ready to be of service, and unlike ordinary literature, will bear reading over and over, giving us each time a little more truth, thus making our vision clearer for the next reading. We know the reason for this is, that the writers are each expressing in their own way what they have already learned from our wonderful textbook, Science and Health, and we can discover, in the loving, grateful efforts of the contributors, the newly awakened student, happy in his new light; the hopeful, bright child thought, or the older brother and sister who have learned what it means to work out one's own salvation, and who are encouraging us to press on when we might perhaps be tempted to falter, or stop to count the bleeding footsteps. (Science and Health, p. 426.)

In this connection, a statement made by a friend has been very helpful. He said that each day his desire for our literature became greater, because he realized that when he was reading Mrs. Eddy's writings, he was to that extent and during the time so occupied, living in the consciousness of her revelation of Truth and was benefited accordingly.

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Not Magic, but Understanding
July 18, 1903

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