'He had a lot of love'

By the time I was 17, my face had been covered with severe acne for as long as I could remember. It was so bad that people made jokes about it, and I didn't even like to leave the house.

That year I went to Mexico City to stay a week or two with a couple, who were close family friends. I knew that my friend (I'll call him Michael) and his wife belonged to a different religion from mine, and that Michael had a special job connected with his church. During my first few days in their home, I realized that his profession was healing people—he was a Christian Science practitioner. He read the Bible a couple of hours each day, and he spent a lot of time answering letters and phone calls from people asking for help. I began to wonder if he could help me.

A complete turnaround
August 30, 2004

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