I have been a student of Christian Science for more than...

I have been a student of Christian Science for more than twenty years, and it is with much pleasure that I send this testimony.

Being a part-blood Shawnee Indian I was reared in close association with this tribe in the old Indian Territory, now a part of the state of Oklahoma. It was a wild country in those days, and unfortunately I grew up wild with the country. I became a confirmed liquor addict, and for many years, while a traveling salesman in this territory, I purchased four quarts of whisky every Monday night before starting out on my trip. Liquor has always been prohibited in Indian country, so my weekly supply was obtained from a town in an adjoining state.

After many years my health failed me and I was a physical wreck. My nerves were shattered, I was in a palsied condition, and partially paralyzed. The physician told me that it was absolutely necessary that I give up liquor. This I did for only about three days; often before I had tried to stop drinking and could not. I seemed quite at the mercy of this terrible obsession for drink. A friend, knowing my condition, asked me to try Christian Science treatment and I agreed to do so, more with the idea of stopping an argument, for, like so many others who have no understanding of this truth, I had no faith in it. The next day, Sunday, I was asked to call at my friend's house at a certain hour. I did so, and there met a Christian Science practitioner, who informed me that I could be healed if I was sincere in my desire to reform. I had little faith, but allowed the work to begin. The Monday night following I purchased only two quarts of whisky. Later I opened one of the bottles with an old traveling companion and took one drink with him. It had neither the taste nor the effect it formerly had. I did not care for it, and, to my friend's surprise, I gave him both bottles. When I returned from my trip the latter part of the week I was a well man. All traces of illness were gone and my nerves were entirely normal. This was more than twenty years ago, and to this day I have never touched a drop of liquor; nor have I had a desire for it.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Testimony of Healing
It is my desire to express my gratitude for all that...
November 18, 1933

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.