To no one’s surprise, “The King’s Speech” deservedly won the best movie Oscar at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards last night. A great film! I love how it highlights the heroics of two men who were largely unknown before.
The movie is the true story of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (1880-1953) and his unlikely friendship with Great Britain’s King George VI (1895-1952), the father of Britain’s current Queen Elizabeth II. Logue’s help with the King’s speech impediment proved to be essential during the crucial years of WWII when the King was needed to speak to the British people in one of their darkest hours.
Logue was not your typical speech therapist. He had no formal education or medical credentials in the field, yet he had a successful London office and his reputation for being effective attracted the attention of the King’s wife.
I had heard that Logue was a Christian Scientist, although this was never mentioned in the film. This omission reminded me of Seattle’s Roy Olmstead. Roy was a famous bootlegger during Prohibition who found Christian Science in prison and spent the last twenty years of his life healing others as a Christian Science practitioner. Roy is a colorful part of Seattle history, but his healing practice of Christian Science is rarely mentioned. I am hoping this will change when he is featured in a new Ken Burns film later this year.
Nonetheless, I learned that Logue’s son Valentine and other sources did confirm that Logue was indeed a Christian Scientist for most of his life. Since Christian Science is both a Christian theology and system of healing–I was intrigued to consider how much of what Logue understood of Christian Science was instrumental in helping the King, especially since the techniques presented in the film wander from the purely spiritual approach of Christian Science.
It seems apparent that Logue had his own unique practice that combined various therapeutic methods. Unlike Roy Olmstead, it is unlikely we’ll ever have a clear understanding of Logue’s healing method and to what degree it included ideas from Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science.
If you have a speech problem and are seeking to be free of the condition consider reading “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy or contact a Christian Science practitioner. There are many testimonies where the speech condition was not only improved, but completely healed by this spiritual approach. To read of one such case, see The Christian Science Sentinel.