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The author has caught the lyric simplicity of the Gospels, and largely succeeded in telling the story in the same quaint unworldly way. I like much the last paragraphs of the chapters. The lesson is always apposite, important, and happily expressed.MoreThe author has caught the lyric simplicity of the Gospels, and largely succeeded in telling the story in the same quaint unworldly way. I like much the last paragraphs of the chapters. The lesson is always apposite, important, and happily expressed. I wish ministers were acquainted with the book. Nothing could be more useful than to have a chapter out of it read to the young in church.—Rev. Professor Bruce, P.P.==PREFACE to SEVENTH EDITION - 1892This life is written in short realistic pictures, endeavoring to avoid theology and sectarianism, that mothers of all creeds may read it to their children, and that children in later life may read it for themselves. Two points are dwelt on, which are common to all the Churches—the beauty of the Life of Jesus, and the personal contact of the Spirit,—beyond that, lie the dividing walls of creeds and dogmas. Amid the present day questioning of beliefs, writings, and authorities, and the ever broadening of common charity, it is well that our children should begin with Christianity as Jesus left it, that they may be enabled to judge for themselves how much of the sectarian structures of the succeeding ages they need regard as essential to religion, and how much as only optional. A cathedral is a good place to worship in, but some prefer the open field. A simpler Christianity is urgently wanted. The hope of the future is in the young- and there is no better way to make good men and women, than by early training them to look to the highest Example that they can follow—feeding their minds VI11 PREFACE.with the heroism of His gentle deeds, their hearts with the tenderness of His love, their spirits with the purity of His truth—until they deeply realize that in Divine Manhood, Jesus, the Carpenter of Nazareth, amid the scenery of Galilee, walked in very truth the path of life before them, through cloud and sunshine, in joy and sorrow, at once their Hope and their Guide.