Up to January, 1912, I had been what is called a moderate...

Up to January, 1912, I had been what is called a moderate drinker for about twenty years, when my condition had become so bad that I began to realize my end would soon come if a change was not made. Every "periodical" would be worse than the one preceding, accompanied by that terrible sense of remorse, humiliation, and fear known only to a drunkard, and for which there is no material relief except in the repetition of the offense, which leaves the victim in a worse plight than before. I had resolved scores of times to overcome this habit, but was never able to do so.

At Fort Miley, California, on a certain morning about the middle of January, 1912, after having been on a spree lasting a week or ten days, leaving me in a terrible state but with a more earnest desire than ever to quit, I went over to the Post Library to get something to read to divert my mind as much as possible from my condition. I found a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, which I took back to the office and kept for about ten days, reading wherever I opened the book. I did not read with any expectation of being helped, but I was entirely healed without any effort on my part, although not until three years later did I realize it was the reading of this book that had healed me. I have never touched a drop of intoxicants of any kind since that morning when I first opened the book. I have also been healed of the tobacco habit of about eighteen years' duration. I had often thought that in giving up tobacco there would be a sense of great loss which could not be replaced, but since being healed by Christian Science, instead of a sense of loss there is a decided sense of gain, and what once seemed a pleasure to me, now seems utter foolishness. Sleeplessness, which had troubled me for years, has also been overcome.

Testimony of Healing
Does it not seem sometimes that before we can go higher...
April 12, 1919

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