Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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according to mortal belief was not well; at noon, he said
he wanted to go to sleep.
   His mother took him in her lap and began to read to
him from "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures."  Very soon he expressed a wish to go to the
picnic, and did go.  His father, happening to pass the
place where the little ones were spending the afternoon,
and somewhat surprised to see him playing, as happy
and active as any there, called to him and asked, "How
long did you sleep?"  The little fellow replied, "I did
not sleep at all; mamma read to me from Science and
Health, and I was well in a minute." - K. L. H.

   One evening I was calling on a neighbor, and somehow
the subject of Christian Science came up.  I asked
her what it was, and what they believed.
   She then told me of a friend of hers who had become
a Christian Scientist.  This friend had passed through
great sorrow and disappointment; her health had failed
her, and her cheerful disposition had entirely changed;
she could talk of nothing but her troubles, and was a
most unhappy woman.  A few years ago she visited my
neighbor, who, greatly surprised at her changed appearance,
- for she was happy and well, - asked where her
troubles were.  The reply was, "I have no troubles.  I
have found true happiness; for I have become a Christian
   I became deeply interested, and asked if the students
in Clinton had public meetings on Sundays.  She replied
that they had, and told me where they were.
   The next Sunday, I went.  All was quiet when I entered,

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for they were engaged in silent prayer.  Soon they
repeated the spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer.
I shall never forget the impression that made on me; all
the next week I heard the leader's voice repeating the
first sentence.
   I was invited to come again, and did so.  One of the
ladies loaned me "Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures," and offered to get me one; which she did
the next week.  I have studied it in connection with the
Bible.  I have greatly improved in health, having had
only one attack of a physical trouble which caused great
suffering, since that time, and that was a year ago.
   At first, I did not think anything about being healed,
or of my physical infirmity.  I only loved the sacred
teaching.  How true, that God's word does not return unto
Him void!  The words of truth that my neighbor's
friend spoke to her, were what first awakened me.  If
the one who first hears it does not receive it, it goes to
some one who is ready, and it takes root and bears fruit.
                                        Mrs. G. H. I., Clinton, N. Y.

   About three years ago I was near death's door with
various troubles; also, was seventy years old.  I had a
desire to know something of Christian Science.
   I procured the textbook, and studied it with a desire
to know the truth.  At first all was dark; but light began
slowly to come, and at the end of three months I found
my physical claims all gone and my eyesight restored.
At the end of three months more, I had gained thirty-five
pounds in weight.
   I had been an infidel, and the change from that came
more slowly; but now I know that my Redeemer lives,

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and I am able by divine grace to make very convincing
demonstrations. - J. S., Rudd, Iowa

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