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Error has kept me from testifying to my gratitude for...

From the September 1904 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Error has kept me from testifying to my gratitude for the revelation of Truth which has come to me through Christian Science. For years I was haunted by a desire to enter the ministry, though I had been made a lawyer by the decision of my grandfather and my mother. Until I was actually practising law, I never thought of doing anything else. I gave up the practice of the law to engage in a business enterprise, which went from bad to worse, and the depths of discouragement to which I fell became despair at times. During these dark days I put away my Bible from me, and at times my faith seemed gone. At this time, a friend sent me Science and Health, with the request that I should not read it unless prepared to give it my best consideration. In the face of this caution, I did not read it, for I was then violating my own sense of right. I saw no way forward except through that which seemed wrong.

Some years afterwards, during an interval in the evil conditions which confronted me, the same friend, whom I had not seen for many years, came to New York where I was at that time. I went with her to her church a number of times, and was touched by the truth, although I allowed the opposition around me to hinder me from looking further into it till a more convenient season, when my doing so would not bring such disastrous consequences as then seemed inevitable.

I, however, resumed the daily reading of the Scriptures, and for three years was unable to get away from my discernment of the fact that they contain many confirmations of Christian Science. Last year my friend sent me Science and Health again, and I began to read it, and became convinced that it is in accord with the Bible, and that I must accept it or reject a great part of the Scriptures.

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