Opened to the forward and read this:
"The Bible never flatters its heroes.
It tells us the truth about each one of them
in order that against the background of human breakdown and failure
we may magnify the grace of God
and recognize that it is the delight of the Spirit of God
to work upon the platform of human impossibilities.
As we consider the record of Bible characters,
how often we find ourselves looking into a mirror.
We are humiliated by the reminder of how many times we have failed.
Great has been our stubbornness
but greater still has been His faithfulness...
My own heart has been searched to its depths
as I have been brought face to face with my own frailty
and the abundant mercy of my Savior...
The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment,
the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime.
It is the matchless marvel of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
to take a life from the dunghill and set it among princes --
to replace the bias of degeneration by the bias of regeneration,
and to cause a man who has sunk to the depths to cry to God,
'Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me...
Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways;
and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.'"
Forward to The Making of a Man of God, Studies in the Life of David