On the evening of February 26,
1919, while I was standing near a gas heater, my dress,
which had recently come from the cleaner's, caught fire at
the bottom, and in a few seconds I was enveloped in flames.
I declared "the scientific statement of being," as given on
page 468 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures." Three other
[Christian] Scientists, one of them a practitioner,
were with me and joined me in declaring the truth. Although
inhaling the flames, I did not lose consciousness for a
moment, neither did I experience a moment's pain, then nor
afterward, from the burns. I knew my clothes were burned
off, but I did not know the flesh was burned. However, it
was so severely burned that arms and hands were rendered
helpless and I was confined to bed for months. Gangrene
appeared at one time in the badly burned leg, but was
overcome by Christian Science treatment. Also a discharge
from the eyes was overcome and my eyesight is perfect as
ever. On the night of the accident the practitioner read to
me continually from the Bible, Science and Health, Mrs.
Eddy's other writings, and the Christian Science Hymnal, and
talked the truth so positively that shock and fear were
overcome before they had a chance to manifest themselves.
All through the experience, whatever the condition was,
there was no fear. New flesh has grown wherever needed.
Mucous membranes and tissues have been renewed. I have
complete use of my legs and practically complete use of my
arms and hands. I do all of my own housework without
inconvenience. There are no scars, and people now say, "It
is hard to believe you were ever burned."
Alice Fors Turpan
Paterson, New Jersey
Christian Science Sentinel, February 11,