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.

For these healings I am very grateful to Christian Science, and my desire is that I may acquire sufficient understanding of this teaching to enable me to help others.

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

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