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In August, 1903, I was taken suddenly ill with a trouble...
In August, 1903, I was taken suddenly ill with a trouble which several different physicians afterwards diagnosed as rheumatic and nervous trouble, originating with a stomach difficulty. For three years I suffered indescribably from pain and sleeplessness. I was able to eat very little., and lost during the three years sixty-five pounds of flesh. I was attended by six different physicians, but no one of them afforded me more than a slight degree of relief, and that only temporarily. Gradually I grew worse. The fifth physician that I employed treated me eight months, and then virtually gave up the case. He acknowledged that he had done me no good, and said that it was impossible that I would ever be well again, and doubtful if I would ever be any better. The last doctor who treated me was a specialist, and employed electricity. After a time he told a friend of mine that there was no use of treating me any longer, that I had not vitality enough to rally, and that I would not live long. In July, 1905, I called in a Christian Science practitioner, and in four weeks was made completely well. I am now in the sixty-seventh year of my age, but I feel actually as well and as strong as at any time in my life when I considered myself perfectly well. I have a vigorous appetite, sleep like a child, work all day long when occasion requires, walk five miles in a day without fatigue, and withal have a sense of peace and buoyancy of mind such as I had never known at any previous period of my life. I live alone, and there are many perplexing tangles in my worldly affairs which must be unraveled, but I feel that divine Love will show the way, and "none of these things move me," or disturb the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding," that is in the heart.
When my practitioner began to treat me, I was dwelling in a sense of weakness, pain, despondency, and foreboding, and it seemed to me that there could be nothing more for me in life, even if I were healed of my physical ails, but the practitioner smilingly said to me: "You probably will not believe me now, but you will shortly enjoy life as well as when you were a young woman." I was absolutely incredulous, yet in four weeks the prophecy was fulfilled, and more than fulfilled, because, in addition to being made perfectly well, I was brought to such a sense of God and His constant, loving care, that my happiness is such as I never even conceived of before. It is impossible for me to express my gratitude to "the giver of every good and perfect gift," and to the Soul-inspired woman through whom the healing truth has come to my fellow-men and to me.—Mrs. Joan E. Bowen, Fitchburg, Mass.
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AN ARCTIC AURORA
by George Kennan.
THE CORRECTION OF MISTAKES
HENRY BRADFORD SIMMONS.
AN ERRONEOUS REPORT CORRECTED
with contributions from Editor, John D. Long
A SEEKER AFTER LIGHT
with contributions from Losthope Yesterday, R. Stanhope Easterday
When it is remembered that Mrs. Eddy's mission for...
Willard S. Mattox
Christian Science does not teach that "the trees, the...
The unbiased outsider is forced to regard the Christian Scientist...
with contributions from Theodore Roosevelt
with contributions from Judge Hanna, Harry D'Esta
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
MRS. EDDY'S RELATION TO THE PEACE MOVEMENT
THE ROOTS OF BITTERNESS
John B. Willis
LETTERS TO OUR LEADER
with contributions from Clarence A. Buskirk, Mary E. Backus, J. Knox Leslie, A. Florence Grant, M. Ethel Whitcomb, Sarah C. Linscott, Alice E. Linnell, Albert S. Parmelee, Sue H. Mims, Villa Mills Grant, Florence Maria Henerey, Robert Q. Grant, Archie E. Van Ostrand
AMONG THE CHURCHES
Charles D. Holcombe
When I first heard of Christian Science I had been...
Jennie W. Copwell
About nine years have passed since I quit taking medicine...
Lizzie A. McDowell
About twenty-two years ago I was operated upon in a...
M. Iowa Clark
I am a man of middle age, and until June, 1900, I...
C. George Miller
With a grateful heart I testify to the blessings I have...
When Christian Science was first presented to me,...
Nettie S. Allen
It is now over three years that I have been interested...
Frances L. Trayser
For fifteen years I was a sufferer from stomach trouble,...
For twenty years I was a great sufferer
About six years ago our three children were taken very...
M. Elizabeth Bottorff
About five years ago I had very severe attack of...
L. R. Harrah
Until about eight years ago, when Christian Science was...
Marie L. Armstrong
February, 1896, found me in Ames, Ia., bedfast, and...
Ella Ginn Cord
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