Four years ago last October, while in Missoula, Mont....

Four years ago last October, while in Missoula, Mont., a lady in whose home I was then rooming handed me a copy of Science and Health, asking me if I would like to read it. I looked at the title of the book and replied that I did not care to do so, but as she seemed anxious that I should, and not wishing to be discourteous, I said I would take it to my room and look it over. The first night I read about fifty pages, the next about the same number, and the third evening I had reached the one hundred and fiftieth page. I then asked the lady if she would let me keep the book long enough to read it through. I read it from cover to cover in about two weeks, and can truthfully say that no book I had ever read stirred me as did that one. Old beliefs began to vanish as I read on, and when I had reached the last page I was living in a new world of thought. Before reading Science and Health I had used very profane language, but almost from the first hour that I opened this blessed book I ceased to swear.

I am now coming to the point at which Mrs. Eddy's grand book did for me what all other remedies I had tried had absolutely failed to do. For more than twenty years I had been a periodical drinker, the last ten of which the burden was awful to bear. But the dream is over! I am now free, free as the birds that fly in the air. I shall never forget the fervency with which I prayed to God, before coming into Christian Science, to be delivered from bondage to the awful monster that seemed to hold me in its inexorable coils, but I did not pray aright. I did not know God then as I know Him now. I had not been reading Science and Health more than three months when the desire for strong drink left me. I did not take Christian Science treatment for the habit, either. The reading of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, did the work and did it effectually, and I wish to say right here that language does not furnish words to tell how grateful I am to that grandest of women. I have been emancipated from the thraldom of what I consider the greatest evil that ever cursed the civilized race. I refer to the drink habit. The smoking habit was not as readily destroyed as was the drink habit, but in about nine months from the time I began to read Science and Health it also yielded to the power of Truth.

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