In April, 1888, I had an attack of rheumatic trouble...

In April, 1888, I had an attack of rheumatic trouble which confined me to bed for about six weeks. During this period, and for some time afterwards, I was attended by our family physician. From April, 1888, till August, 1889 (when I was healed through Christian Science), I was unable to perform any kind of manual labor without suffering great pain. After it became apparent to me that our family physician was not effecting a cure, I placed myself under the treatment of another, who claimed to have made a special study of the disease; but without avail. I gradually grew worse, although taking medicine constantly and exercising the greatest care in following the doctor's directions, until the conviction forced itself upon me that I would not be able to pursue even the study of telegraphy, which I had taken up in the hope that I might be able to earn a livelihood at some very light work. My lot seemed to be narrowing down to a life of dependence and misery. There were other circumstances which greatly aggravated my suffering, and made the gloom of that hour dark indeed.

In addition to the disorder above mentioned, I suffered from an ingrowing toe-nail. This was twice operated upon by a surgeon, who said that if it troubled me again the only thing to be done was to amputate the toe at the first joint. It did trouble me again, and was in even worse condition than when the surgeon operated on it, but it was completely healed in five days' treatment by a Christian Science practitioner in Milwaukee, in the fall of 1892. Besides the two cases mentioned I was healed of an attack of lung trouble and many minor ailments through Christian Science, which has been my only physician for sixteen years; and whereas I was very often sick before learning of this blessed truth, and was regarded as the sickly one of the family, I am now in perfect health, having been accepted by three old-line and one fraternal insurance company as a first-class risk.

I have also found a logical religion and a consistent Christianity, which is far from being the least of my blessings. Previous to 1889 I had been for several years, and in fact ever since I was old enough to reason on the subject, utterly unable to believe in the prevalent religious teaching; the Bible seemed to be obscure and contradictory, and I became a confirmed agnostic. All this was gradually and beautifully changed as my thought became imbued with the scientific and practical Christianity taught by Mrs. Eddy.—James Phelps, Milwaukee, Wis.

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Testimony of Healing
I have a great deal to thank Christian Science for...
April 13, 1907

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