Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Pair of Adventure Books Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Pair of Adventure Books Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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If you went into a bookstore, in what section would you expect to find the Bible? Religion? Probably so. But have you ever thought of the Bible as an adventure book? To me it is, with accounts of people who proved that the power of God is available in every imaginable circumstance.

Moses, for one, bravely led the children of Israel out of Egyptian captivity and on to the land God had promised them. Enemies, the weather, hunger, internal strife-obstacles of every kind-could not stop them. All along the way they saw God to be omnipotent and good.

The Hebrew Scriptures are full of compelling stories, spiritual adventures, about people who loved God supremely and courageously. Daniel tamed the lions in their den through his faith in God. The shepherd David saved his people from Goliath and the Philistines with a similar trust in the Almighty. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked unharmed in the flames of a furnace, through the protection their love of God provided them. The Gospels, recording the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, show that God is perfect, divine Love, and that we are the expression of this Love. Jesus lifted the human consciousness to a purer understanding of God. Not only did he preach the Word of God, but he also practiced it by healing disease, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, stilling storms, and ultimately overcoming death himself and ascending beyond human sight. He promised, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also" (John 14:12). In the development of the early Christian Church, these works did carry on, against many odds, and the Bible says, "By the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people" (Acts 5:12). In the nineteenth century a woman named Mary Baker Eddy embarked on the adventure of gaining from the Bible and Jesus' words a clear and practical understanding of God. This led to her discovery that there is a Science of healing that we can learn and practice in our own lives today. Her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is the textbook of Christian Science. …

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