When I was in my late teens, the Christian Science textbook...

When I was in my late teens, the Christian Science textbook was introduced to my mother by a friend of hers. It came into our home as a light shining in the darkness of fear, because at that time my mother was suffering from an acute illness diagnosed as possibly fatal intestinal ulcers. She studied the book and was eventually healed through the prayers of herself and a Christian Science practitioner. She led an active life for many years and became a Christian Science practitioner herself.

My mother's progress made me wonder about Christian Science, and I began to read Science and Health, with casual curiosity. But after my mother began attending church services and relating to me some of the testimonies of healing she heard, I began to study the weekly Bible Lesson. This study opened the Bible for me as a practical guide in daily life; I had not been at all familiar with it because our family, which lived in India, followed an ancient, monotheistic, non-Christian religion that does not use the Bible.

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April 12, 1993

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