To many people the restoration of their religious faith...

To many people the restoration of their religious faith means much more than the restoration of physical health, but both came to me through reading the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. I had been brought up in the church of my forefathers and dearly loved it. When I reached mature years, however, one religious belief after another had to be abandoned, until at the close of the year 1909 I found myself, although still a communicant of the church, with no hope and without God in the world. How wistfully I looked back upon the time when it had been possible for me to accept the creeds and dogmas which I had been taught, no one but myself knew, or how gladly I would have gone back to them, had that been possible. I was ill in mind and body, and finally reached the point where I did not care what happened to me.

For some weeks previous to this a friend in Chicago, whom I had not seen for a number of years, had been writing to me telling of the illumination and joy which Christian Science had brought into her life, and lovingly begging me to study it. In reply I said, with the flippancy of ignorance, that while I thought there was a great deal that was beautiful in the philosophy of Christian Science, I could not believe in the physical healing. In return she sent me a list of references to New Testament healings, but I tossed the paper aside and did not look up one of them, thinking that I already knew the Bible well. About this time a neighbor brought us a copy of Science and Health, but the book lay on the library table unopened for a week or more. Then one day it occurred to me that I must return it and that it was very discourteous to do so without even having glanced over it; so I took up the book and began to read here and there. If anyone had asked me if what I had read had made any impression on me I should have said, "No."

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