The village in which I grew up was a typical northern English...

The village in which I grew up was a typical northern English village. One day as I was helping Mother to wash the dishes, we looked through the kitchen window and noticed a neighbor drunkenly weaving his way home. His wife had recently passed on, and he seemed lost.

Some weeks later we saw him again, and my mother told me he had a new housekeeper, one of the Christian Scientists we'd been hearing a lot about. Several weeks later I met this neighbor face to face; I stood in amazement, for his face seemed to shine and he spoke happily to me. I did not know what the words profound impression meant then, but I saw the difference!

Many years later, during the Second World War, I was a prisoner of war. I prayed to God. I was able to escape from a barbed-wire camp in Italy and cross into Switzerland. There I was "adopted" by a farming family, and I helped them with the work. The mother said one day, "We have only one book in English, but you may read it if you would like to." It was Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy in German and English. The book was a great comfort to me, although I did not understand its deep spiritual meaning at that time.

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February 19, 1990

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