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Eighteen years ago, Science and Health was placed in my hands for the first time, and I was told that the reading of the book would cure me. I didn't believe it, as I could not see how the reading of a book could cure anyone in the condition I believed I was in, but I began to read it. The book was in two volumes at that time, and I read both and then laid it down denouncing it, and saying that it contradicted its own statements from beginning to end. My wife said it was I and not Science and Health that was jumbled up, but that statement by my wife did not change my mind in the least. I laid the book down and did not intend to read it any more, but somehow, in a very short time, I found myself again reading it, and I read it through the second time. After I had again read this wonderful book, I was very anxious to continue its study. While I was reading it the third time my apprehension was wonderfully illumined; like Paul on his way to Damascus, the scales had fallen from my eyes and I was healed. As I learned afterward the bright light that fell upon my pathway was the light which "shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." Old things had indeed passed away and behold all things had become new.
I never can be thankful enough for what Christian Science has done for me in the past eighteen years and is still doing for me everyday. I am also very thankful to our dear Leader for showing us the way of salvation, as the great Master taught his disciples.
William H. H. Benford
The Christian Science Journal, December, 1904
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