Five years ago I was believed to be a helpless victim of...

Five years ago I was believed to be a helpless victim of mental and physical suffering. After the family doctor had given me a thorough examination and had pronounced me incurable from an attack of rheumatism, heart trouble, and other internal disorders, he told my mother that I would never get well, though he left me a bountiful supply of medicine. I decided, however, that I would not take the medicine, for if I was going to die I would prefer to die easy. My mother and sister were then members of a Christian church, and I attended the services with them; but when I heard the preacher talk about God sending affliction and death, instead of being a God of love, and when I saw the selfishness of some professed Christians, I could hardly stand it. I would come home almost starved, hungering in a way that I then could not account for.

The concept of divine Love that I should have gained from the Bible and the church, I found not; so, tired and sick of this seeming mortal life, I became an atheist. I longed to die, that I might be relieved from my suffering; but in the darkest hour a white-winged messenger came, when a friend told me about Christian Science, of this wonderful saving truth. He let my mother have a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, to read, but knowing nothing of the book, it was not read for some time. My father believed in hypnotism and studied "New Thought," and my mother supposed that Science and Health was another book on that subject, and did not care to search its pages.

Testimony of Healing
I am thankful for all that Christian Science has done for...
March 29, 1913

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