by C. H. Spurgeon
This book is intended especially for those who are in the Spring-time of life. It is at this character-forming period that the faithful warning, the wise counsel, and the sympathetic admonition are particularly valuable.
Many young men and young women fail in life from the lack of a friendly guiding word at the outset of their career; while many, now occupying good and honorable positions, owe and attribute their success to the timely counsel, at the start, of some friend practically interested in their welfare.
Mr. Spurgeon was emphatically the friend of the young. During the course of his marvelous and God-honored ministry, his supreme aim was to lead them to Christ, and to encourage and stimulate them in their aspirations after true nobility. Now that his voice is hushed, his powerful pen still speaks; and in this book, with persuasive earnestness, and characteristic force, he shows those who are standing upon the threshold how to make "A Good Start".
It is impossible to over-estimate the importance of the start we make in the journey of life, since it necessarily affects and largely determines all that follows.
By personal experience I can bear my unqualified testimony to the wisdom and sagacity of my friend C.H. Spurgeon's teaching. No life can be truly successful unless lived on the lines of Christian principles. The first step must be the surrender of the heart to Christ, and the whole of life's journey must be lived, as it may, in conscious fellowship with Him. It is in this way we form true conceptions of life and duty, and are enabled to give practical embodiment to God's idea concerning us.
I wish for this book a large and growing circulation, and pray that it may be used by God in helping thousands of young men and young women, not only to make a good start, but also in the upbuilding of a useful, a righteous and God-glorifying life.
Table of Contents
Joash and His Friend Jehoiada
A Young Man in Christ
Ruth's Faith and Reward
Parents' Good Principles to Be Followed
Why the Young Need Conversion
A Desirable Service
On Overcoming the Evil One
Esther Defeats Her Enemies
The Word in the Heart
Sarah, a Woman of Faith
Sarah, A Woman Who Did Well
After Twenty-Five: For Young Men and Women
A Bold and Earnest Profession
Lydia, of Thyatira
The Queen of Sheba, Solomon's Pupil
Something to Do with the Future
A Message for the Present Time
A Story of an Eccentric Woman
Grace a Matter of Growth
Open the Young Man's Eyes
Prayer for Young Men — the Reasons for it
The Swiftness of Life
The Changes of Life
On Being Diligent in Business
The Need of a City Man