As a young boy, I was a reluctant Sunday School pupil. My mother and father would cajole, encourage, persuade. More importantly, they were praying. Their earnest desire was that, through study of the Bible and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, I would come to recognize that God governs every one of His sons and daughters; that I would begin to see how an acknowledgment of God's pure omnipotence brings spiritual freedom, joy, and well-being. Of course, they did not use such lofty words to me as a child. Yet I remember how they would assure me of God's love for all His children. And this always brought a feeling of peace.
Then one day, with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, I was healed through prayer of a severe injury resulting from an accident. The following Sunday my mother asked if I would like to go to Sunday School as a way of saying thank-you to God for my healing. I remember feeling very happy to go.
It was in the Christian Science Sunday School that my relationship with Science and Health really began. I'd known of the book in my home, of course. It always lay side by side with the Bible near my mother's favorite chair. But my first Sunday School teacher explained that it was a book for me. The truths it contained would heal me and my family and my friends.