A wealthy and successful author, John Stuart King has everything he could want in life. But a chance visit to church with a friend turns his life upside down when the minister exhorts his flock to be kind to the homeless, as Jesus would do.
As luck would have it, John Stuart is about to begin writing his next book . . . about homeless tramps! Taking the minister’s sermon to heart, John Stuart resolves to live the life of a tramp so he can better understand how he can accurately write about the plight of the homeless. But the experience is more challenging than John ever imagined. People, he discovers, are wary of the homeless and unwilling to lend a hand. In fact, no one offers him help . . . until he meets the Elliott family. They take him in, give him a comfortable bed, a warm meal and a job taking care of their horses. Before long John Stuart begins to care for this good Christian family . . . especially the eldest Elliott daughter, Hildreth. Her passion for honesty and doing the right thing intrigues John. He wants to tell Hildreth the truth about his identity—that he’s not a homeless tramp, after all—but will she ever be able to forgive his deception?
This unabridged edition of the 1898 classic Christian novel includes group discussion questions, a biography of the author and an introduction to Isabella Alden’s books by Christian author Jenny Berlin.
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