The veteran pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh has long made it a practice to write and preach sermons on the characters of the Bible. Several books of such biographical sermons have previously been published. Dr. Macartney maintains that ""there is not a doctrine of the Christian faith, not a duty of the Christian believer, not a temptation which assails the soul which cannot be illustrated by some Bible character."" In the present collection Dr. Macartney deals with twelve lesser known Biblical characters, in a dramatic and imaginative fashion, always painting to the moral the tale has for modern Christians. The story of The Woman of Tkoah is made the vehicle for ""How God brings home his . ""Macartney picks out five told in the and has much of the preach a on what .