On the Value of Reading Christian Science Literature

On page 24 of "Miscellaneous Writings" our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us of her "immediate recovery from an injury caused by an accident, and pronounced fatal by the physicians." This healing occurred while reading the Bible; and she refers to it in these words: "As I read, the healing Truth dawned upon my sense; and the result was that I rose, dressed myself, and ever after was in better health than I had before enjoyed." After this remarkable recovery, three years were spent by her in searching the Scriptures until she found therein the Science of healing. The result of this study culminated, after many years of unselfish labor, in the publication of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Of the seven hundred pages in this book, one hundred, under the title "Fruitage," are devoted to testimonies of healing resulting from the reading of the textbook. The last chapter in "Miscellaneous Writings" also contains letters from those healed by reading Science and Health. Our weekly periodical, the Christian Science Sentinel, and our monthly, The Christian Science Journal, publish testimonies of healing which have resulted, directly or indirectly, from reading the textbook.

These testimonies are but a few of the numberless cases of healing which have occurred in the same way. In fact, every word of this revelation of Truth read with receptive desire can have none other than a healing effect. It has even been the case that some who have read to criticize have found themselves healed, and then in humility and gratitude they have continued to read to learn more of the truth. As all this is noted, can one help but be impressed with the significance of reading and studying our textbooks and the other Christian Science literature? Thinking precedes action; and when our thinking is influenced, guided, and controlled by the truth as revealed in Christian Science, the resultant activity is right and harmonious. What we know of the truth is expressed in thought, word, and deed.

May 22, 1926

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