My childhood was very unhappy, and gradually I began to...

My childhood was very unhappy, and gradually I began to wonder what life really meant. Although I attended a Christian church and Sunday School, after a while I became very dissatisfied. My great concern was how and where God existed, and I wondered why I felt no relationship to Him. Finally I became very discouraged and drifted into a loose way of living. Drinking became a daily practice, also smoking, gambling, and other common vices. Eventually I could see very little reason for existing.

At one point a young woman who lived in the same village presented me with a copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I accepted the book and without bothering to open it placed it on a shelf by my bedside. About six months later, after a strong drinking bout one night, I retired. Suddenly I became extremely fearful and in great turmoil. At the same moment I realized I had placed my hand on the copy of Science and Health, which was lying on the shelf. I opened the book and read a few words. Even though I didn't fully understand them, all at once a feeling of peace enveloped me, the stress and turmoil dropped away, and I fell into a restful sleep.

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