The Attraction of Truth

"Many visitors speak with great appreciation of the beauty and uplifting atmosphere of the Reading Room, the atmosphere one loves to live in and seeks to feel, as one gentleman described it." So writes the librarian of a Reading Room in a university city in Massachusetts in a report to the church members.

"The college students continue to use our facilities freely. Many come in on various errands who have as yet shown no interest in studying our religion. One student, whose attention was attracted by translations of 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' by Mary Baker Eddy came in and read the chapters on Prayer and Marriage in French. A social worker borrowed Science and Health to help her understand a Christian Science family whom she was aiding. A young man, about to graduate from a theological school, came to ask about Christian Science.

"What can the members do to further the effectiveness and usefulness of the Reading Room? Our Leader tells us in Science and Health on page 570: 'Millions of unprejudiced minds—simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, arthirst in the desert—are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences.' Surely there must be hundreds of those millions of unprejudiced minds right around us whom we have not yet reached. We can, of course, pray for the Reading Room that it may fulfill our Leader's purpose for it. And we can make more frequent use of the Reading Room ourselves. When we come to study, to work, to pray, we bring with us our own demonstration to add to its healing and uplifting atmosphere. And we can be sure of this: that every effort we make to demonstrate the truth, every victory we win over evil, every new light that comes to us, is felt with power in the Reading Room and is helping to draw to it more and more of those simple seekers and weary wanderers of whom Mrs. Eddy speaks. This is in accord with Christ Jesus' statement as recorded in John (12:32), 'And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.' "

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December 1, 1962

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