As one who had been reared in a churchgoing,...

As one who had been reared in a churchgoing, God-fearing, Bible-reading family, I had good exposure to the Scriptures—but only from a literal and material standpoint. My questions about God and my relationship to Him went mostly unanswered. I was resentful, because I thought that at least some of the ministers of the church should know the answers to my questions. (The answers and an understanding of God as our loving, caring Parent came through my study of Christian Science some time later.)

During the years of an emotional wilderness experience, at a time when I would not even have a Bible in my house, I had become a successful businesswoman who was married to a successful businessman. But we were both heavily addicted to alcohol. We attended a self-help group for alcoholics. However, we still had not found the peace and freedom for which we longed, although we appreciated the group's efforts to aid us.

I enjoyed playing golf daily, partly because it kept me out of the house and partly because it helped to dull the obsession for drink. (Soon after my marriage, I had stopped working.) But there came a time when the temptation to take a drink became so obsessive that I did not sleep for two days and nights. On the morning of the third day I was so harassed and weary of struggling not to drink that I thought, "I will either be dead or drunk before this day is over."

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

JSH Collections

JSH-Online has hundreds of pamphlets, anthologies, and special editions for you to discover.


Testimony of Healing
I love my job as a summer camp counselor, and I've learned...
November 12, 1984

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.