From infancy I was considered delicate, and I have no...

From infancy I was considered delicate, and I have no recollection of a time when I was not compelled to take nauseous drugs. This continued until I obtained my freedom through the understanding of God as revealed in Christian Science. After years of sickness I collapsed physically and mentally about a decade ago. Indigestion, constipation, and extreme nervousness made existence almost unbearable. Everything recommended in the way of materia medica was tried. I consulted allopathic and homœcpathic physicians eminent in their respective schools. I also took treatment from a noted doctor in Boston, who combined medicine and so-called mental treatment. Christian Science had been broached to me on numerous occasions, but not in a way to make a convincing impression, until one evening, while dining at the home of a friend in Kansas City, Mo., I was rebuked by my hostess, when I inquired of her which of two pudding sauces would be the least injurious to a man with a weak stomach. She looked at me a moment and then replied that neither of them would be harmful if eaten with the right thought. A few minutes further conversation led me to understand that she was a Christian Scientist, and when I departed that night, she handed me a copy of Science and Health, with a request that I would read it carefully. I did read the look in a desultory way, not seeming to be interested in it, nor getting any benefit from it, but I now know that my mental attitude was being prepared for the next step.

About four months later I broke down, and was "of all men most miserable." One present, who was very dear to me, then suggested that I try Christian Science treatment, and after a short discussion I assented and went to the home of a Christian Science practitioner. I entered the door with a sense of shame, feeling that I was thus sacrificing my self-respect, but I departed from that modest home, probably an hour late, with a bud of hope unfolding in my thought which has by Truth's ripening breath proved a beauteous flower. My healing was not instantaneous, but that night I banished from my dinner-table the so-called health foods, and have since eaten anything I desired, of course using common sense as to the amount. From that day I have been much stronger physically, and much more joyous mentally. Before that time I had been confined to my bed a large portion of the time with great suffering, and since then I have not been absent from my business one day on account of sickness. For all this I am most grateful, but as I realize the great change in my moral and spiritual consciousness, my gratitude becomes higher and deeper. Before the light of Christian Science pierced the gloom of my environment. I was a man of the world, living only for its false fruits, and my religion was perfunctory and conventional; now I am daily seeking "the kingdom of God, and His righteousness," and striving for that Mind to be in me "which was also in Christ Jesus;" therefore my heart is full of love to God for His infinite goodness, to Christ Jesus for showing us the way, and to our Leader for her untiring efforts to make spiritual things clear to us.—A. B. Coffroth, Pittsburg, Pa.

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Testimony of Healing
I was an invalid for several years before coming to...
August 18, 1906

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