Literature was my favorite subject in high...

Literature was my favorite subject in high school. I took a special interest in Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings. At about the same time I began a serious search for a lifetime philosophy. Yet I found that most philosophers left me with a feeling of hopelessness. One day I glanced through our home library and found a tattered little book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. (My grandmother and great-grandmother had both been healed in Christian Science.)

After one reading of the textbook, Science and Health, I realized that I could accept this teaching completely. Unlike transcendentalism, which involves glowing statements that are often not applicable to human experience, the spiritual truths in Science and Health are applicable and consistent. The textbook emphasizes the spiritual teachings of the Bible, which states that God made man in His own image; and it teaches how mankind can master sin, sickness, and even death. With that first reading of Science and Health, I became a serious student of Christian Science, seeking God's guidance in all things.

April 28, 1986

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