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Matter. Spirit. Which is true substance? Are both? How we answer these questions can impact the way we live our life —and show us how to triumph over adversity.

From the July 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I WAS BENDING DOWN TO GET A BOOK from the lower shelf of my desk, when the flap, which I had probably neglected to close appropriately, suddenly came down hard on my nose. Amid extreme pain, all kinds of thoughts raced through my head: My nose is going to look awful! Will there be swelling and discoloration? Have I broken my nose? But I stopped myself quickly.