This volume is a comprehensive selection of Ellen G. White's published writings from the 1850s, along with a prologue explaining the historical background of the text.
The autobiographical section of the book describes the author's conversion experience, the Millerite movement of 1840-1844, and the early visions that formed the foundation of her theology and ministry.
A second section contains counsel on various matters pertaining to the experience of the early Adventist believers. The final half of the book traces salvation history from the fall of Satan in heaven to the final end of sin and sinners. This material forms the core of the later fine-volume Conflict of the Ages series.