This is a well-written, fast reading story of a young man who fought as a soldier in the war, but who returned to give his life to the ministry, and thus is a life of service to man. Paul Chapter's first assignment is as supply-minister in a small church in a small mid-western town, whose older pastor is recovering from illness. With devotion and a sure feeling for the best in all his people, he enters into the life of his congregation to share their joys and their sorrows, finally to marry the widowed daughter of the leading layman of Old First Church. He chooses to remain as regular minister when their pastor decides to give his latter years to a struggling mission in a better climate. ""The candle of the wicked"" flickers but feebly in the book-- but the flame of the spirit glows brightly. The work of the Protestant ministry is shown here with sympathy and love, and a reasonable fascinile of the best that often happens in a small church. Many should find the book pleasant, comfortable and assuring reading.