In mid-1970, I was on a ship off the California...

In mid-1970, I was on a ship off the California coastline, headed toward San Francisco. One day I was feeling so depressed that I went topside to the galley and grabbed a butcher knife. I intended to kill myself, but before I could, the ship took a heavy roll and threw me to the deck. The knife was knocked out of my hand, and my other hand came to rest on top of a copy of The Christian Science Journal.

I was prompted to open the Journal, and as I did so my eyes fell on this sentence (Isa. 35:8): "An highway shall be there, and a way." I kept reading, and I read the Journal articles over and over and over.

I started to become very curious about the woman who was mentioned time and again in the magazine—Mary Baker Eddy—and about a book she had written, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. It seemed as if we would never get to port so that I could buy this book.

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February 4, 1980

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