A Place of Understanding

The windows of a Christian Science Reading Room usually open on a busy street, but inside we find a quiet spot for thoughtful reading. Reflective reading of the Bible and of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, leads us to understand the nature of our actual selfhood as the spiritual idea of God, pure and perfect. To the degree that we really grasp this spiritual fact, our human experience becomes harmonious and increasingly free from sin and disease.

Of course this realization of truth is possible to anyone, in any place, at any time. Nevertheless, a Christian Science Reading Room is a very convenient place in which to seek and pursue understanding. Here in surroundings conducive to study we find copies of the Bible and Science and Health—as well as many other books on Christian Science, and the latest Christian Science periodicals, records, and cassettes. In the last few years many Reading Rooms have expanded the activities they offer to include listening to recordings of the literature. The librarians and the church members who support and maintain the Reading Rooms do their best to make them attractive, well equipped, and contributive to quiet study.

Many persons are comfortably aware of Christian Science Reading Rooms, but they may think of them merely as pleasant-appearing places maintained by a church for the use of its members only. In fact, these facilities are for all who have some degree of interest in Christian Science. A healing potential awaits readers there through the spiritual and scientific understanding of God. None need imagine themselves outside the all-inclusive care of divine Love!

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Overcoming the False Sense of Self
October 2, 1976

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