I was led to borrow the textbook...

I was led to borrow the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, because I admired the manner of living of some relatives who were students of Christian Science. For some time I had prayed to know the real meaning of Truth, because I realized that many people whom I respected for their exemplification of their religion were so opposed to one another's convictions. When I read the following passage from Science and Health (p. 2), "Are we benefited by praying? Yes. the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void," I knew that my prayer had been answered. I had not been reading the textbook many weeks when I was able to discard a surgical belt which I had been compelled to wear because of some serious abdominal operations I had had when a boy. I found myself free and was able to take part in games and exercises which had been forbidden me. An injury sustained while riding was also healed.

After studying this Science in a desultory, self-seeking way for about ten years, I experienced a physical difficulty which neither my own nor a practitioner's treatments benefited; medical diagnosis pronounced it a hernia. I entered a hospital, and an operation was performed which was considered successful. However, I knew that it was not a true healing; that spiritual understanding must be gained to establish real health. Within a year or two, to my dismay, I found myself suffering from the same complaint.

Testimony of Healing
For over thirty years Christian Science...
January 19, 1952

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