In reading the testimonies of healing which appear in our periodicals, one may note how many times the writers state that their interest in Christian Science was first aroused by reading copies of the Sentinel, Monitor, or Journal which friends had sent them from time to time. Furthermore, all readers of our literature must have read articles showing the opportunity there is for activity in the line of right endeavor, through sending Christian Science literature to one's friends and acquaintances after one has read it.

The writer awakened to this opportunity over a year ago, but as many of the articles seemed to apply to a present personal need or some expected difficulty, most of the magazines were filed for future reference. It has since been learned that this method and these motives are unscientific. As each day brings the Monitor, with its wealth of good reading matter, and the Lesson-Sermon needs time and thought each day, and as it seems inevitable that an increased mental activity such as Christian Science produces will manifest itself in a more active and useful life, little time or need was found for the rereading of old articles and testimonies. They consequently accumulated during the year, and were finally given away en masse.

Current literature seems, as a rule, more readable and attractive when it is of recent date, though there may be just as interesting and instructive articles in old numbers. It is therefore probable that a quantity of old Sentinels and Journals would not be read with the interest which perhaps the gift of one or two of a current date would awaken. Upon the realization that it was a duty, as well as an opportunity for furthering the activity of Christian Science, the writer undertook to send to some friend each read copy of the various magazines while they were yet fresh and new, and selected numbers dealing with subjects of interest to the person to whom they were to be sent. In order to facilitate matters, a list was one day written out in a memorandum book of various acquaintances who were not subscribers for the Christian Science literature, and from time to time the list was added to. A list of only a dozen names seemed to be sufficient, as it was then possible to forward copies at short intervals to the same person.

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March 9, 1912

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