I attended a Christian Science Sunday School for a number of years but did not gain a working knowledge of Science. Consequently, after I left home to live and work in a distant city, my understanding was not sufficient to solve the problems that I encountered, and I decided that Science was not for me. I became interested in another movement and an avid follower of its teachings.
Referring to such movements, our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has stated (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 268, 269), "These semi metaphysical systems are one and all pantheistic, and savor of Pandemonium, a house divided against itself," and Jesus told his disciples (Matt. 12:25), "Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." And so it was proved in my experience. I suffered a nervous breakdown which made it necessary for me to give up my work and return to my home.
For years thereafter I lived a life of semi-invalidism, visiting health resorts and consulting nerve specialists at the insistence of my mother, but clinging tenaciously to the false teachings which I was determined were going to heal me. Every effort of my father, a devoted student of Christian Science, to persuade me to turn to Science for help was determinedly resisted.