Everybody needs one — a mentor; an older friend who has life experience and wise counsel to offer; someone who speaks to us straight, but doesn't preach; someone like Joseph the Cyprian, whose unfailing supportiveness earned him the name Barnabas, the Encourager (Acts 4:36); that sagacious someone who is capable of putting life's difficulties into perspective. For many of his listeners, readers, print-shop employees, and his Bible-school students, from the 1880s to 1911, that "someone" was author, teacher, columnist, preacher, and college professor Isaiah Reid.
Call this book a "devotional," if you like; it could function well in that regard, but this title doesn't completely fit into any neat category. "Soul-Help Papers" is full of that friendly encouragement, wise counsel, and life perspective we want from that trusted “someone” in our lives. Isaiah Reid shares his heart in that have-a-seat-by-the-fireplace, folksy, down-home-honest, middle-America style that endeared him to his generation. Of this book, Reid himself wrote, "There are many problems that come up every day in the ordinary affairs of life, but the great problems are the soul problems. These deal directly with character and destiny. In this book some of these, in a natural, familiar way, are taken up and discussed for the benefit of the common reader." There's not just "benefit" here; there's blessing! "Soul-Help Papers" is republished by Isaiah Reid's biographer, Jim Kerwin, who has also written the foreword, and added over 220 helpful endnotes, as well as an appendix that's sure to delight poetry and hymn lovers.