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I wish to express my gratitude for the experience of overcoming a belief of pleasure in smoking, through the application of Christian Science. I was a heavy smoker for over sixteen years. For many months after first taking up the study of Christian Science, I continued to smoke; but I gradually perceived that I could not really be a good Scientist while I derived so much satisfaction from such a material source. The difficulty, however, appeared to be that although I was earnestly studying, to the best of my understanding, I still thought that I enjoyed smoking. Obviously it was not desirable to use will power and say, "I won't smoke," and yet I could not see how else I was to be delivered from what I now realized was a false claim.

It was then lovingly pointed out that, because a false material claim is not God-created, this lie of material pleasure had absolutely no power to bind the man that God made. So after continuing the habit for a short time longer, I asked for help to enable me to prove that God's man could triumph over all that is unlike God, good. This help was instantly given, and from that moment I have not smoked. It seemed a little difficult for two or three days, although even at first I think this was due to a feeling that I had broken a habit, rather than that I had been deprived of anything. Since this demonstration I have not had the slightest wish to smoke, and I am not affected in any way by those with whom I come in contact and who are still not free from this habit.

Testimony of Healing
I am grateful for the blessings that I have received...
August 22, 1936

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