During my pastoring days, I sought to amass a library, that would inspire and educate me in the Christian way. Fortunately, I was able to obtain some books that were printed years ago, and share some really good insights. One of those books is one I would like to reproduce here, not all at once, but over a period of time. I think one chapter at a time should suffice. I will begin with the Author's dedication.
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The Story of Lazarus
Pentecostal Publishing Company
When I wrote my first book, Sunshine and Smiles, I lovingly dedicated it to the whole human family. What a poor, silly goose I was, for as I stood by the wayside with the book under my arm, I cried to the passing throng, Ho! everyone that wants reading matter, come buy Sunshine and Smiles with money, and the price is fifty cents; but the whole human family seemed to pass me by like the wind and never even stopped to see what I had for sale; but I was not disheartened at all.
I went to work and wrote another book and called it A Pitcher of Cream, and I lovingly dedicated it to old Jessie, a lovely old Jersey cow which had been a good friend to me and my family. I told the reading public that there was no buttermilk or clabber, or blue-john or skimmed milk, in the book; but to my surprise old Jessie joined the Prohibition Party and voted the Prohibition ticket and went dry by a large majority; there I stood by the public highway with Sunshine and Smiles under one arm and A Pitcher of Cream under the other with a grinning world on one side and a dry cow on the other. Ho! reader, reader, you must indeed be very stupid, to allow Sunshine and Smiles and A Pitcher of Cream to pass you by; but I have read that a fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a lifetime and if he fails to open she goes on never to return.
As I have just completed the story of Lazarus, I lovingly dedicate this book to Miss Sallie, and if she doesn’t beat the whole human family and old Jessie, I will be the worst deceived boy above ground.