Since I was healed of consumption of the lungs simply...

Since I was healed of consumption of the lungs simply by reading the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, without ever seeing or speaking to a practitioner, it is my great hope that this testimony will encourage those who seem unable to get help from others to realize that through the study of the textbook alone they can gain their freedom from sickness and sin.

Over twenty years ago I was a physical and mental wreck. I was suffering from consumption. On the advice of a medical specialist I went to live in sanatoriums in England and in Switzerland in search of health, but I did not improve. Being a soldier, at the end of one year I had to go before a medical board who would decide whether I should remain in the army or be retired. The specialist in Switzerland under whose care I was, gave me no hope. His verdict was that I must leave the army, and that if I lived in the open air I might exist for two or three years. Six weeks before I was due to go before the medical board, a friend lent me Science and Health and asked me to read it. I knew nothing about Christian Science, but I had not read much of this book before I realized that it was something for which I had been searching all my life, namely, a reasonable and logical Christianity. As I read, I began to understand something of what the Bible means, something of what Jesus means, something of his teaching and of his works, and this filled me with a peace and joy which I had never known before.

January 30, 1937
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