In reverent acknowledgment of the healing power of...

In reverent acknowledgment of the healing power of Truth, I gratefully give this testimony.

In 1928 my work required that I travel back and forth from home every day to near-by towns around Chicago. One morning I was riding on a country road at about seven-thirty, when I reached in my pocket for a cigarette. I pulled out an empty package and then fumbled around in all my pockets, but found none. As I realized that the next town was at least a half hour's ride ahead and concessions along the road were not yet opened, I became almost frantic with a sense of loss. Hopefully I searched again, but found no cigarette, and sank deeper into my mortal sense of loss. Not even for half an hour could I seem to control my desire for a smoke.

The words of a friend who had tried to help me out of the smoking habit before came to me. They were, "Man is satisfied," emphasizing the "is." Right here I determined to give God a chance. I realized that I had become a slave to this habit which had made me smoke almost two packages a day. I said to myself, "If the fight is worth anything I'm going to give it all I've got;" and I did. I spoke aloud with all the vehemence of a senator trying to defeat the passage of an unjust law, declaring my God-given right to rise above this slavery.

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Testimony of Healing
When I first heard of Christian Science I was in urgent...
March 28, 1931

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