At a time of great unhappiness and disillusionment,...

At a time of great unhappiness and disillusionment, I was led to the study of Christian Science. Living by myself in a large city, without a friend in the world, I was desperately lonely. One evening, feeling in great need, I reached out to God for help. Those hours of deep soul-searching brought about a turning point in my life.

The very next morning I felt compelled to go to a nearby public library. There I saw a copy of the Christian Science textbook by Mary Baker Eddy on the shelf. The title of this book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, appealed strongly to me. (Up until that point I had never heard of Christian Science.) I borrowed the book and began reading the last chapter, called "Fruitage," which contains testimonies by people who were healed through reading Science and Health.

After reading only a few of these wonderful testimonies, I had a faint glimpse of spiritual truth and experienced a feeling of indescribable joy. I saw for the first time that the loneliness, the unhappiness, the physical weariness, which I had accepted as part of my life, were mortal beliefs and therefore unreal. I was a new person, spiritually reborn. I couldn't put the book down. I searched out a Christian Science Reading Room, bought my own copy of the textbook, and read it through four times consecutively.

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September 26, 1983

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