No special theology is taught in this volume. It addresses itself to no particular sect or denomination. It has no aim but to assist men to grow better - and thence, happier. The author comes to the reader, and seeks to inspire him with an unselfish, even a divine and holy purpose - to aid him in the conquest of evil affections; and to furnish him with incentives to right living. True religion is more than a correct set of doctrines. It includes a life of good deeds in the world. Unless such a life is led, no matter what a man's faith may be - his religion is vain. Timothy Shay Arthur was a popular 19th-century American author most famous for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There. He was also the author of dozens of stories for Godey's Lady's Book. Arthur did much to articulate and disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable life in America. Arthur was one of the most popular and widely read author of his time.
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