After thirteen years' study of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,"...

After thirteen years' study of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," I am moved to write what Christian Science has done for me and how it appears to me as a practical religion. I took up this study very reluctantly in 1893, after my wife had been healed of a long-standing affliction that medical men had called an incurable disease of the kidneys, together with rheumatic trouble. Being poor in material things and having given up hopes of a cure or even relief, we concluded to sell our home and try a change of climate and water; but at this very time a dear friend advised our trying Christian Science. I want to state here that for months before this my wife had not been able to walk more than a block or so, had even to be helped to rise from a sitting or recumbent position, and she suffered constantly. A Christian Science practitioner was called in, and after receiving three or four treatments, all being absent treatments except one, my wife was healed and within a week she walked about three miles in the country with no ill effect. She has been a constant and faithful student ever since.

After seeing all this I was still a doubting Thomas and it was more than six months before I was willing to admit that there was something good and powerful in Christian Science. I have been a student of law for over twenty-six years and ordinarily can master a book as large as Science and Health in one careful reading, to such an extent that a second reading has little interest; but the rules that apply to other writings do not apply to Science and Health, for the oftener I read it the more I am impressed by its tremendous truths. It unfolds the higher spiritual thought all the while. It is the wonder of the age. From my point of view it has no equal, and it stands, like its author, at the head and belongs with the Scriptures, both old and new. It is food for the hungry, medicine for the afflicted, a guide to the lost thought, and a stimulus to the disheartened. It brings harmony out of discord and health in place of disease. It brings us face to face with a loving God, for "God is Love." It locates heaven and gives man the "key," so that he may enter now; not after he is dead, but now, in the fulness of perfect health, so that he can run and not be weary, can walk and not faint. The book and its author are

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July 27, 1907

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