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From the December 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I was utterly blown away by Barbara Cook Spencer's article in the October Journal, "What holds it all together" [p. 28]. What an intriguing and unique explication of the Holy Ghost. I must admit to being one of those individuals "less certain about the nature and function of the Holy Ghost." As a Christian Scientist for many years, I'd known theoretically that divine Science is the Holy Ghost, but Ms. Spencer's explicit breakdown of the points of law encompassed in this grand Science clarified so much for me. What a clear-sighted rationale she so beautifully displayed in her writing.

The October Journal is full of wonderfully thought-provoking ideas, from the useful conversation with Timothy MacDonald on the Christian Science practice [p. 20], to the lovely contributions by two younger readers, Alyssa Britton [p. 58] and Carolyn Emerson [p. 60]. The item that really bore me aloft was "What holds it all together" by Barbara Cook Spencer, who, with her usual perspicacity, presents us with such deep insights into the meaning of the Holy Ghost, divine Science, and its three specific aspects—position, direction, and velocity—working in our lives to maintain harmony. And isn't it interesting to see how this is borne out by several of the articles in The Protection Section, particularly "The river wild" [p. 44] by Jill Aaron and "Not by accident" [p. 45] by Peter Crabbe?

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