From the author's introduction:
Read alsoThe Nazarene Primer
Though obviously a book written specifically for the Nazarene church, it would certainly serve as a great study for anyone attending (or interested in) a holiness or Pentecostal / Charismatic church. The Table of Contents are as follows: THE NAZARENE CREED IN BRIEF ARTICLES OF FAITH OF THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Chapter 1:…
My first thought was to prepare some memorial notes of my wife to be preserved in manuscript form, interspersed with such pictures as were available, for the comfort of our children and me. But as I thought upon the matter, it occurred to me that there are many friends besides the family who would desire a copy of our words and compilations regarding one who was well known and much loved by our people. And so I have written and prepared with this larger purpose in mind. However, it has seemed to me that the work would lose its principal value if we gave way to generalization. Hence, I have kept to the intimate style which would have been necessary had the work remained but a family possession.
It is not my thought that our life together was entirely exceptional. Rather, I think the glory of it is that it represents millions of just such unions throughout the Christian world. But these Christian marriages and Christian homes, being the usual, have not received the publicity that have come to those where there were misunderstandings, misery, and divorce. And so the impression has gone out that there are few if any happy marriages and successful homes.
Our life together was not dreamy and fairylike. It was a life of labor and rest, of sorrow and joy, of planning to be and do good, of necessity in the goods of this world, and devotion to God and the work of His kingdom. I have not yielded to the tendency to glorify, even now when our day together is ended. Rather the desire is to tell a straight story and leave to God and the future the work of glorifying. And yet, I have hope that the going forth of this little book will prove a blessing, and serve in some measure to extend the day of usefulness of her whose life made the book possible.
The Table of Contents are as follows:
MY WIFE’S PERSONAL RELIGIOUS LIFE
A MOTHER AND A NEIGHBOR
IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES
LAST SICKNESS AND DEATH
DR. CORLETT’S EDITORIAL IN THE HERALD OF HOLINESS, FEBRUARY 24, 1940:
THE HOME GOING OF MRS. J. B. CHAPMAN
A PRECIOUS SAINT OF GOD