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Who Do You Think You Are?   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_1162870That’s a question we’ve undoubtedly all heard before.  While it can be delivered with an accusatory or confrontational undertone, the question itself is a provocative one that we all must grapple with at some point in our life.  To answer it honestly requires some real digging into the heart of one’s spiritual identity.  …  When for instance, 26 years ago, at the end of a long battle with alcohol dependency, I knew I had a choice: to die, or live and raise my children.  In my heart, I knew I had to get well. I couldn’t abandon my children,  …   I somehow knew that this frail, ill woman I seemed to be was not me at all. …  read more …

In this article, Who Do You Think You Are?, Susan Best Gualandi describes her spiritual growth that led her to finally say:  At last, I know who I am.  The article was originally published in the Christian Science Journal and is now available on JHS-online.

It’s Easy to Quit Smoking …   Leave a comment

shutterstock_175438637“It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times!” So goes a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. Anyone who has been addicted to nicotine can relate.

Take me, for example. I started smoking in my teens, like a lot of kids my age. It’s not considered quite as cool today, but then there were plenty of influences saying, “Smoking is cool.” There were splashy cigarette ads on television, magazine and billboard ads, not to mention ashtrays everywhere. And almost everyone in the movies, and some on TV, smoked.

While today’s attitudes about smoking are decidedly different, many people are still struggling with addiction to nicotine.

I was introduced to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. As I read and thought about the ideas in that book, …

But reading Science and Health was beginning to convince me that the label of “smoker” just wasn’t part of the real me, the me God had made in His own image and likeness. Knowing this encouraged me to take a stand for my true identity, and to take an antagonistic stand against the smoking. So I stopped. But more important, I stopped thinking of myself as a smoker. Within two or three weeks, even the urge to smoke was gone. … read the full article

This article, It’s Easy to Quit Smoking … by Mario Tosto, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It can currently be accessed on JHS-online.

Healed of Smoking Addiction   Leave a comment

shutterstock_56195152For 20 years, I suffered because of a smoking addiction. I smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day and could not get rid of the habit. During this time, I made several attempts to break free of the addiction, but had no success with any of them.

…  I decided I needed to do something to heal my addiction. When I got home, I asked a friend to lend me Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, because I had heard a lot about it, and about the healing brought about by the teachings of Christian Science.

I started reading, always in the company of my daily cigarettes. …. When I reached the end of the book, I realized that I wasn’t smoking anymore. …

Read more of how this author over came this long addiction.

The full text of this article, Healed of Smoking Addiction, by Regina Cielia Fortuna do Vale was originally published in the Christian Science Herald and then in the Christian Science Sentinel.  Currently it is available on JHS-online.

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