placed in my hands by a dear lady who insisted upon
my reading it, saying she believed it would heal me. Like
many, I was afraid of it, — until I learned what it really
was. The friend's words were verified. I was healed
by the reading of the book, and for one year continued
to read nothing whatever but the Bible and Science
and Health. They were my constant study. Through the
understanding gained, that God is All, I came to demon-
strate with great success, and with but one thought, —
for I knew nothing about giving a "treatment;" I wish
I knew as little now, for I believe that healing in Christian
Science is to be done in a moment. I became anxious to
learn more, to study with the teacher, but funds would
not allow, — and I thought to substitute a course in
Chicago, perhaps. Every time I would speak of it, how-
ever, my dear mother would say, "You have Science and
Health and the Bible, and God for your teacher — what
more do you need? If I could not go to the teacher, I
would not go to any one."
If I had only heeded the blessed counsel of Truth!
I went to Chicago, however, so full of confidence in
Christian Science that I supposed every one who had
studied with Mrs. Eddy must be right. Unfortunately,
I took my course with a spiritualist who had been through
two of her classes; discovered my mistake, and went to
a mind-cure, — only to find the mistake repeated. Being
an earnest seeker for Truth, I tried again to go to the
Massachusetts Metaphysical College; but it was un-
certain when there would be a class, so I took a course
with one of Mrs. Eddy's students in Boston. The dark-
ness now rolled away. Science and Health once more
revealed the light to me as of old.
All this time, the mind-curers had me in view, and
were sending me reading-matter; but, praise the Lord!
Truth is victorious.
My dear brothers and sisters, let us be safely guided
by the counsels of our Mother, in Science and Health!
I, for one, am astounded that I was so led astray; but I
did it all through ignorance, — and the sincere desire to
know the truth and to do it, saved me.
Your sister in truth, R. D.
I have been reading Science and Health for one year
and a half, and have had some wonderful demonstra-
tions. People here are antagonistic to the Science, and
tell me that I am a "fit subject for the asylum." Physi-