For a period of years, probably not less than ten, I was...

For a period of years, probably not less than ten, I was addicted to the use of whisky. The thought of what a struggle the effort to break from this habit would be, always made the task too great to be seriously considered; besides this, the thought that I was in need of any fundamental reformation was in no sense acceptable to my ideas of my own importance.

On the evening of January 5, 1914, in a spirit of friendly curiosity and at the end of five days of excessive drinking, I told a friend, whose loving-kindness and patience toward me had been very beautiful, that if he would lend me a copy of Science and Health, I would read it in order that we might be able to talk about its teachings intelligently; so he lent me the book. On the way to my room I took another drink or two, then going to bed, fixed myself so that I could read in lazy comfort. I was thoroughly saturated with whisky when I went to bed and started to read at nine o'clock in the evening, and it was the first time I had ever taken a look at the Christian Science textbook. From the first line of the first page I found treasure beyond price, and I read until four o'clock in the morning, when I went to sleep perfectly sober; and since then I have been entirely free from any desire for liquor. I was healed and knew that I was,—healed through the reading of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and the realization that I had found Truth. The great effort had not been called for and the great burden had vanished. Neither of them was there, only a great sense of happiness and of release from the burden of false appetite, ignorance, and misunderstanding under which I had been laboring all those years.

Testimony of Healing
On Tuesday, February 4, 1919, while I was hanging out...
August 9, 1919

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