I first heard of Christian Science four years ago. At
that time drinking and smoking were my comforters. I
had no other companionship. I had lived almost constantly
from childhood in an evil atmosphere. Though
I was far from being satisfied with my condition, I failed
to see how to better it until I read Science and Health.
I used occasionally to listen to a sermon, but sermons
did not give me any more comfort than I derived from
my pipe, hence I concluded that church-going could not
satisfy me and I preferred drinking and smoking. When
I began to read Science and Health, I saw it offered something
substantial. After a few months' study all desire
for drinking and smoking disappeared. I did not give
them up; I made no sacrifices, I simply found something
better. I might mention that I had smoked ever
since I can remember. I used to smoke years before I
left school, and, like most Englishmen, loved my pipe, and
would almost prefer to miss a meal rather than to go
without my smoke. I used to think it gave me comfort.
During my four years' study of Christian Science I
have not spent a cent for doctors or medicine, neither
have I lost a day from my work on account of sickness,
which compares wonderfully with the previous four years.
I take a great interest and pleasure in reading the Bible
and studying the lessons in the Quarterly. The Bible
used to be a most mysterious book to me, but Science
and Health makes it a most precious book, making its
meaning clearer, plainer, and simpler.
I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mrs.
Eddy and to the friend who invited me to attend the service
held in the Auditorium years ago. I also wish to
acknowledge the benefit I have had from the Journal
and the Sentinel. They have helped me wonderfully. If
the value of Science and Health and these publications
were measured as business men value things, by the
results or benefits they bring, they certainly would be
priceless to me. It would be impossible to measure
their value, as I have got something from Science and
Health that all the money in the world could not buy. -
H. P. H., Chicago, Ill.
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