In these pages Ellen G. White provides a brief account of her childhood days and her early Christian experience in connection with the great Second Advent movement of 1840 to 1844. She vividly recalls the sorrows and joys of youthful ministry in the years following the Great Disappointment. She pictures the struggles and successes that attended the efforts of the small band of earnest believers who built up the work that would eventually become the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Beginning with chapter 42, her story is taken up by C. C. Crisler, W. C. White, and D. E. Robinson. These chapters contain some of her most inspiring statements regarding the development of Christian experience. The final pages give an account of her last sickness and funeral services.