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Prayer brings immediate freedom from cigarette smoking
I started smoking when I was seventeen. I had had a small part in a movie, which was set in a girl's correctional facility. In a particular scene, one of the girls lights up a cigarette that she has stolen from the doctor's office and then passes it around so that we can all take a puff. I took a puff, too—and almost choked! Later, I got to thinking—suppose I get a part where I really have to smoke (I never did!)—I wouldn't know how. I'd better practice, I thought. So I bought a pack of cigarettes and practiced—for the next fifteen years!
By now, however, I was hooked. But I also had become very interested in Christian Science. How well I remember getting comfortable, lighting up, and reading Science and Health. In due course I reached the part where the book says, "Puffing the obnoxious fumes of tobacco, or chewing a leaf naturally attractive to no creature except a loathsome worm, is at least disgusting" (p. 407). I didn't like thinking of myself that way.
To Our Readers
with contributions from Shahaidat Abbas, Joan Tendler, June Zehendner
items of interest
with contributions from Reuters, Steven L. Phillips, Andrew Young
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By Richard Bergenheim
Not just what we do, but what God does
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Two women and a child
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A heart-to-heart Christmas
By Sandra Van Velsor Shely
The gentle art of blessing
By Pierre Pradervand
CHRISTMAS IS ALIVE AND WELL
By Karen Molenaar Terrell
Medically diagnosed incurable condition fully healed
Prayer heals injured arm and shoulder
Childbirth proceeds harmoniously
Jeri Beck Tippetts
Freedom of movement restored
Pauline Fern Burg
Fostering children's faith
with contributions from Anne Howe, Cantor Robert S. Scherr, Donna E. Schaper, Brad Pokorny, Shelly Angel
What is a Christian, then and now?
William E. Moody