David Barker has always loved the Bible, but talking with students in the former communist state of Georgia during the time of perestroika gave him newfound appreciation for his favorite book. After David expressed enthusiasm about sharing something that had been forbidden to his audience for more than 70 years, the students replied, Forbidden? "If we are forbidden to keep or read the Bible," they said, "that is enough to make us do so!" A Christian Science practitioner from Barnstaple, England, David tackles the subject of fear in the Bible in this month's issue (p.10).
It wasn't hard to figure out who we should tap to design this month's feature on 20-somethings (p.36)—the Journal s own graphic designer Tad Blake-Weber. Tad was more than happy to team up with Senior Staff Editor Jenny Sawyer to represent their own generation in words and images. Their greatest hope? "That the feature's appeal won't just be limited to our peers," says the duo. "The insights that contributors to this section have shared can really enliven any reader's approach to and practice of Christian Science."
"Fear isn't a power," says Michelle Boccanfuso Nanouche. "It's a distraction that would turn us away from the real spiritual power inherent in all of us — the power of unselfed love. The key in healing is to cut through the distraction." A Christian Science practitioner who recently moved from New Jersey to Saint Germain en Laye, France, Michelle shares a powerful experience of praying through panic in her article, "Flying in the face of fear," (p. 52).