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Our Christian Science Reading Rooms take their place in the community as fruitful centers of spiritual activity. To do this, they need earnest spiritual preparation by those who serve in them as well as inspired support by the church members.
What enables a Reading Room to prove its usefulness? Of great convenience, both to the church member and to the new inquirer, is an easily accessible location. Also desirable are an amply stocked salesroom, a quiet study room really conducive to study, and a librarian whose thought is filled with love for the Reading Room's mission and for his fellow-men.
The real, attracting influence is the atmosphere of the Christ. Mrs. Eddy writes: "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness" (Science and Health, p. 332). A Christly atmosphere makes itself felt in the welcome of a gracious librarian's smile, in his compassionate thought, in his readiness to feed the hungry heart with spiritual sustenance. It is sometimes helpful if the librarian invites the visitor to seek help in a deeper understanding of God and of man as God's reflection.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
Dominion Is Right Activity
ALBERT LLEWELLYN LATHAM
Advantages of Being a Christian Scientist
PAULINE B. RADER
Love, the Animating, Life-giving Principle
ALFRED MARSHALL VAUGHN
Phyllis Whittaker Hamilton
BEULAH ALICE BLANCHARD
"To begin rightly is to end rightly"
GEORGIA LA FOLLETTE SCHAD
Praying Unselfishly Heals Fear
LYDIA JONES QUINN
Supply Wells Up Within Thought
Helen Wood Bauman
"Marching as to war"
Carl J. Welz
As a young girl I was ill for a...
With a heart full of gratitude...
Elsie E. Collier
I had the sacred privilege of attending...
Patricia Bower Kirchner
"Thy word is a lamp unto my...
Virginia Swafford David
I was reared in Christian Science,...
Robert Craig Armstrong
About two and a half years ago...
Jessica S. Heller
"Bless the Lord, O my soul:...
Agnes E. Koegel
As a baby, I attended the nursery...
Georganne F. Reid
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with contributions from Thomas E. Powers