This was originally released in 1827 by an anonymous author simply called A Village Pastor with an outstanding Introductory Essay by Archibald Alexander. It went on to be one of the best selling books by the American Tract Society. It was also published in the UK by the Religious Tract Society of London where it became very popular. "Years ago, my wife 'found an old book' for me at a flea market. It was an 1843 printing of ADVICE TO A YOUNG CHRISTIAN On the Importance of Aiming at an Elevated Standard of Piety by a Village Pastor. (The title alone is instructive!) Since that day, I have loved this sweet little volume and have hoped someone would reprint it! It has often been useful to me as a devotional prod toward my own spiritual duties. I've read snippets in family worship and in prayer meetings, and I've shared portions with guests around the table on Lord's Day afternoons. Originally penned as private letters by a pastor to a young woman in his charge, these brief chapters are striking in the warm and winsome care that the writer shows for the eternal prosperity of his young reader.
Fellow pastors will also be challenged by the extent of this man's effort toward the well being of a single young lamb, 'until Christ be formed' in her (Gal. 4:19). May these very pastoral encouragements once again achieve the author's 'ardent prayer' that they may comfort and edify many." - Pastor Murray Wilson, Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD