A must-read

The Christian Science Monitor is running an absolutely fascinating series of stories, accompanied by short video clips, on the captivity and eventual release of Jill Carroll, the correspondent who was kidnapped in January while working for the Monitor in Iraq.

It’s long, but it’s absolutely riveting. Don’t pass up the video clips, either — they provide great insight into how Carroll managed to humanize herself to her captors, which helped keep her alive. She comes across as a bright, engaging, and eminently likeable woman.

As a Christian Scientist, I was of course aware of and absorbed in this story from the moment it broke in January, and like millions of other people of many faiths, I spent many hours praying for Carroll’s release.

As a journalist, I stand in awe of her professionalism and attention to detail — in the face of incredible danger, she not only kept her wits about her enough to stay alive, but she remembered what she had gone to Iraq to do in the first place: Get the story. As far as I’m concerned, she’s up there with the New Orleans Times-Picayune staffers who set aside their own concerns about their own losses and focused all their energy on getting the story out last year when Katrina sent Lake Pontchartrain over its banks and into the city.

Go read the Carroll series. It’s a stellar piece of journalism.



5 thoughts on “A must-read”

  1. Thank you for the simple fact of saying that you are a Christian Scientist. Thank you for linking your site to the Monitor site and Spirituality.com.

    I don’t run around telling people I’m c.s., and I don’t hide from it either. However, tonight I decided to search blogs to see if I could find other Christian Scientists. You are the first I’ve found.

    Thank you!


  2. I mention it when it seems relevant to the situation. I used to belong to one of the evangelical denominations, but it never felt quite right. I much prefer to discuss religion when it actually has something to do with the situation. There’s no reason to bring it up apropos of nothing … especially when people always seem to be curious about why I don’t use doctors, why I quit drinking and smoking, or (this is a big one) how I can accomplish difficult physical tasks — such as running a marathon — without being too stiff and sore to move the next day.

    Laura Matthews, a practitioner out of Massachusetts, has a great blog that I read every day. I am also fond of Evan Melenbacher’s blog. He is a practitioner and teacher from Washington state.

  3. Thanks for starting this discussion. I am a lifelong CS and when still young, I did talk about cs, gave copies of S&H to people… but these days living in a small town community I feel it would not do any good to go around telling people about it. I dont want my kids to become isolated “just because” Mum’s part of this weird denomination (especially in Germany, talking of God in public is not the done thing, and if you are not member of one of the two main churches, you will get funny looks) Dont get me wrong – I love CS and I would like to be a practitioner, but I am just such a bad ineffective christian scientist. I would prefer my works to make people wonder and wanting to know, because me telling them the theory of CS without being a living example of it doesnt look very convincing, dont you think? But I admire everybody who does stand up publicly for our religion!
    dear greetings,

  4. You are not “bad” because you are not making the kind of demonstrations you would like to make. You are simply learning.

    Be honest to where you are. If you are not ready to make a particular demonstration, that does not make you a bad Christian Scientist. My dogs attacked a stray kitten tonight. I called a practitioner and got right to work on it myself, but it passed away in my arms before I could heal it. I was disappointed, but I was also grateful for the courage the Father gave me a little later, when I discovered two of the kitten’s littermates hiding in a tree and found it necessary to overcome a sense of fear so I could climb up there in the dark and rescue one of them.

    I wasn’t ready to make the first demonstration yet — but that doesn’t diminish the second.

    A child who has just learned his multiplication tables is not a bad math student because he does not yet understand algebra. He is simply a math student who has reached a particular point of understanding and is now working toward another.

    Hang in there, and appreciate the “small” demonstrations. Climbing a tree might not be as dramatic as raising the dead, but you still have the right — and even the obligation — to be grateful for the demonstrations you HAVE made, even if they seem small to mortal sense. Mortal mind loves to tell us we’re not making any progress. That does not mean we have to believe it.

  5. P.S.: I’m not comfortable with traditional evangelism, either. I talk about CS on my blog, because I talk about everything on my blog. If it’s part of my life, it probably gets a mention now and then — so of course I blog about healings and insights now and then. But going up to strangers and inviting them to church? Soooo not my bag. I just do my thing, and if it seems appropriate to mention CS, I do, and if it doesn’t, I don’t. I try to just be natural with it. If someone needs to hear about it and is ready to listen, the Father will tell me.

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