I SPEAK because I BELIEVE. The ideas presented in these little chapters have burned like a fire in my bones. In the hopes and with the prayer that they do good, they are presented to the Methodist community. I have prayerfully made this modest contribution to a topic that demands the open consideration of all Methodist people because I believe that Methodists cannot afford to give up the Class-meeting, that it can be made even more effective as a means of grace than it has ever been, and that it is the duty of all to help in this good work. The book may have been larger, but the form and approach chosen were deemed to be the most suitable for the intended practical outcome. That goal is to help bring about the Class-meeting Revival, which is desperately needed by a great number of sincere souls in the Methodist community and whose impending arrival is already evident to some.
Nashville, Tenn., April, 1880.