Real truth for real people

Not long ago we had the opportunity to listen to a group of seven or eight Christians from a large Hispanic community in the United States as they shared some ideas on religion and spirituality. Among the group were a sales manager, a homemaker, a university student, a construction worker, an expectant mother.

All of these men and women had agreed to take part in a research project and had been asked to describe what they would most like to see in a religious magazine designed to discuss spiritual values in today's world. The project was focused on one of our sister publications, the Spanish-language edition of The Herald of Christian Science.

One man, the construction worker, said that he would certainly want any magazine about spiritual values to be practical. And the articles should sound as though the writers were having a conversation with you—talking to you out of their own experience. He said the articles shouldn't appear that someone was trying to convert you. Rather, along with inspiring ideas, there should be a reasonableness and logic and conviction so that you would naturally come to feel, "This is reality."

What to do when you're afraid
April 17, 1989

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