"The favor with which the author's former volumes have been received encourages him to send out another. In all these books the aim is to interpret the spiritual teachings of the Bible in the language of common life, that men and women, in paths of duty and in the stress of struggle or sorrow, may more readily get the inspiration, cheer, comfort, and help which they need.
"This volume has much in it that is stimulative. It aims not at making life easy for its readers, but rather at making them brave and strong to do their best. That is the truest help one can give to others, whether it be in personal friendship or in a book."
James Russell Miller was a popular Christian author, Editorial Superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication, and pastor of several churches in Pennsylvania and Illinois. He was the General field Agent for the United States Christian Commission, an organization established by the Young Men's Christian Association after the First Battle of Bull Run. Miller authored nearly 100 books and articles.