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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page 1
    Frontispiece
        Page 2
    Title Page
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Table of Contents
        Page 5
        Page 6
    About turning points
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Little Robert
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    The young chimney-sweep
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    The prodigal son
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    James Woolfe
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
    For you
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
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    Back Cover
        Page 53
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CONTENT&



CHAPTER L

AnoUT TuoNIM PonTS

CHAPTER II

LIrrn BoBuT -

CHAPTEB lE.

THI Yomro CuiXn-smwI -

CHAPTER IV.

TI PRODIGAL-N O . .

CHAPTER V.

JANIM WOOr *

CHAPTER VL

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TURNING POINT.


CHAPTER L
ABOUT TURNING POInTS.
Do you know what is meant by the
turning point? Perhaps you do not; I
will tell you.
When you have been by the eMuid
you have seen that the brink of the w*w
never remains long at the same plem
At one part of the day it is high up e
the beach; and at another hour it is
low down, so that you can see the sands
and walk upon them. This change you
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TUI TNuNam POInT.


know, is what is called the'tide. When
the water is high up on the beach, we
nay that the tide is high; and when it is
down on the sands, we say the tide is
low. '
I shall not tell you here what makes
the water to be always changing its
place, because it would take too-much
time from what else I have to say. It is
enough that you know there is such a
change.
If you know as much as this, you
aow also that this chang does not take
fhee all at once. No: if you were to
stand by the seaide for an hour or two,
and watch the waves with great care,
you would see either that they get nearer
mad neater to you by slow degrees, which
is aled the towing of the tide; or eh




ADOW Vu3I=e roIn. 9
that they am drawing back farther ed
farther from you; this is called the ebb.
ing of the tide. It takes some hour for
the tide either to ebb or to flow.
But there are certain times, every day,
at which it is at the very highest, or at
the very lowest; there is a certain line
along the beach at which the water ceases
to rise; and there is also a certain line
lower down on the beach, or on the
sands, at which the water ceases to fail
These parts of the beach, or mands, are
what may be called the wuirp poit~ls
the tide; that i, they are the p |
which it cease to ebb or to fow h '
gins to turn. IWY
If you have never seen the sea, pem
haps you have seen a river. Some riv
have tides like the sea; indeed, all rui





10 M TUime POrT.
have tides when near the sea; mad there
is a h rnin point with them, the same
a with the tide of the sea. If there
were not, the river would soon flow over
its banks, or it would soon be quite
emptied of water, arid be no river at all.
These turningpoint are not always at the
same spot; at one time they are higher,
and at another time they are lower;
but there always are turning points to
the tide of the sea and of rivers.
But perhaps you do not live near
either a sea or a river. Well then, I can
tell you another way in which you will
eaily know what is meant by a turning
point. If you were to take a walk for a
mile away from your home, the very spot
at which you turned back again would
be the turning point of your walk





ABOUT TUR.NING POINYS.


But why should a book be written
about turning points? I fancy I hear
some little boy or girl ask this question.
I will tell you why.
There are often little events in the
lives of men and women-yes, and of
boys and girls too-which may be called
turning points in their history. At one
time, one of these little events may turn
a person from poverty to riches, or from
riches, to poverty. At another time, a
small thing may turn a person from doing
what is right, and from being honest and
true, to sin and ruin; or a thing, quite as
small, may turn another person from sin
and folly, to holiness and true wisdom.
All these events are turning points in life.
Such events often happen when we do
not notice or think of them; and many





TEu TUImNo PoInlT.


things would be tning point to us ll,
if we did but regard them as such.
I will tell you, in the following chap
ters, a little about some trying points
in the lives of several persons, and
then I shall still further explain what I
mean.


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. lag -SOMT.


CHAPTER IL
LTL U BOBERT.

A urmi boy, whbm I will cal Rob
ert, was one day at play with smral
other boys. They had a swing tied to a
branch of a tree, and were turning over
and over on the swing, as boys are very
fond of doing. (S frolpam.) While
one of the boys w~ at i orot, apiece of
money was men to dop frma e oof hi
pocket; and he also aw it fall; and when
he had felt in his poke he said that he
had lost a quarter of a dollar. The Nwi
was higher from the ground than asi : .'
usually are placed, so that his i-
fellows were beneath him, and the am"Y
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14 THR s IueN OIr.
seemed to fall in the midst of them.
As soon as the boy got down from the
swing, he began to search for his lost
money, and all the other boys helped
him to look for it. They looked all
qaout the ground, under the swing, and
around the tree, and everywhere else
where they thought it could have fallen;
but it was nowhere to be found. At
last the search was given up; they
thought that the money must have rolled
into mome crak of the ground, or to a
great ditai from the tree. No one
of the boys had any reason to suspect
another of having slily picked it up, and
kept it for himself. And they were
light; there was not one of them that,
at that time, really knew any thing about
th lost money.





amR *tasun. 15
Well, they parted, and each want
home. At night, when Robert was going
to bed, on pulling off his jacket, he felt
something hard in the sleeve cuff. At
that time, the cuffs of coats and jackets
were made large, and folded over the
bottom of the sleeve. When Robert
turned down his cuff, to see what this
hard substance was, he found the lost
money I It had not fallen to the ground
at all; but had struck against Robert'
arm, and lodged in his cuff He had not
known this. If he had known it at the
time, he would, most likely, have said at
anoe, "here is your money, it fell into
my cuff;" for until then Bobert had been
an honest boy: he had never taken wat
was not his own, nor thought of dol @.
But this little event was a ntag





16 THI iumNa wPOr.
poiin Robert's life. He looked at the
silver money in his hand; he wished
that it were his own; he knew that his
playfellow had quite given it up for lost;
and thought, that perhaps he would have
another quarter given him instead. Now
all this made Robert more and more un-
willing to give up the money; and-he
did not give it up! He kept it a few
days, and then spent it for himself; and
from this time he became dishonest.
Now, before I go on to my next little
history, I will make a few remarks about
this.
The first thing I have to say is, that
the reason why Robert had never before
ulen any thing, waanot, (as the event
showed,) that he had a better heart than
other boys who were not so honest as






himself. We are all bor wit sia n
naures, and have all wicked heat, If
you, my young friend, are honest it it
not because your heart is by nature holy.
You know not till you are tried what
you are. And when the trial come, if
you escape the sin, it is from some cause
other than that of a holy heart. The
fear of discovery or punishment, or the
influence of education may restrain you.
I believe that Robert had been well
taught, and thus knew that it was wrong
to take what was not his own; and thi
made it harder for him to be oveous e
by temptation than it woiud have been
for some others. But, you see, when he
was really tried, he gave way to ti
iptation.
SThe next thing I wish you to think
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THm wrOae POUT.


of is that when we know any action.to
be wroug, we ought not, for a moment
to think about doing it. Robert knew
that he ought not to keep the money;
but he did not try to leave off wishing it
was his own, and this led him at last to
keep it.
Then, we should all remember that
the eye of God is always upon us. Oh!
if Robert had thought of tis, he would
not have done ahe did. I think he
would not Wil you, young reader, try
to remember these four words, "Thon
GoD smr s T"
Then, again, when we feel tempted to
do what is wrong, we ought to pray to
God to help us not to do it,-to keep us
from doing it. If Robert had put up
such a petition from his heart he would





Ws oMUsarT.


have been kept from his sin. Hem is a
short prayer which would have jmt
sited Robert when he found the money
in his jacket sleeve, and it will often suit
you, if you will keep it in your memory,
and use it when you are tempted. This
is the prayer:-"0 Lord, turn away
mine eyes from beholdig vanity, and
quicken thou me in thy way."
The last remark is, that when a per.
son turns from right to wrong, he cannot
tell where he will stop. The seooad
.step in sin is easer than the fit. When
Robert made up his mind to keep the
piece of money, he did not think that he
would go on in the sin of taking what
was not his own. But he did; and
though, a long time after, he began to
see how wicked, s, and to be sony





TIE TUIRNI3 NDPIT.


for his uins,-and though he came to
another turning point, that led him back
again to honesty, yet it was much harder
to turn again than it would have been
to have gone on right from the first. It
was a happy thing for Robert that he
did turn again; there are many-ah!
how many cannot be told-who, when
they have once turned to evil, shut their
eyes against all the turning points to
good which they come to. So though it
was a happy thing for Robert that he
did trn again, it would have been better.
if he had never gone astray.





TraB 1roe oUIam r-Br4rP.


CHAPTER III.
THa YOUNG HIcNNY-AWUMP.

You may have read this story before,
for I have seen it in a little book for
children; but even if you have seen it be-
fore, you will not object to reading it again.
A little chimney-sweeper was once det
to sweep a chimney in a large house. It
was the chimney of a lady's dressing-
room. The little boy went,up the chim-
ney, climbed to the top, scraping down
the soot as he went; and when his job
was done, came down again' nto the
room. There was no one there when he
eaee down, and he looked round the
toom be*te going down stairs. O tie





s TwIuase Psan.


lady's table lay a gold watch, and the
little boy went near to look at it. I
think he took it into his hand, but I am
not sure. But whether he did this or
not, while he was looking at it, the
thought came into his heart that he could
steal it, and hide it in his soot-bag; and
that when he got away, he could sell it
for a great deal of money. But another
thought came into his mind. He thought
of those words, Thou God seest me,"
and he burst into tears, and prayed aloud
that God would forgive his wicked
thought, and keep him from being a
thief. He then went down stairs. Ah I
that was the turning point in that little
boy's life; for, though he did not .know
it, he had been seen and heard all the
while A peon was in the room next





Tru rome oNmarrmIT-r is
to the dressing-room, and saw the boy
look at the watch, and heard the words
that he had prayed. If he had taken
the watch, the lady would very likely
have had him sent to prison as a thief!
But as he did not take it, when he
thought he could have done so unseen;
and as he had prayed to God for help in
this time of trial, she felt kindly towards
him, and had him put to a good trade,
and, what is better, he grew up to be a
good man.
Now, I have only three short remarks
to make about this story. The first is,
that the little hi~o-sweeo ought not
even to have gom Wt look at the watch.
By doing so, he ptk himl hIto great
danger of being a thka The next thing
is, that mch turning points a this ee





WNU TVNme rPOeT.


not rare to any of us, only we do not
often see them. This boy did not know,
at the time, that it would depend upon
how he bore that trial, whether he should
be a wicked and lost boy and -man from
that time, or an honest boy and a good
man. The last remark is, that though
God suffers us to be tried in order that
we may know what is in our hearts, he
is always near us, to help us if we ask
him, as he was near, and did help, this
little boy. Will you think of this?





no ?KONAL SOM.


CHAPTER IV.
THr PRODIGAL SON.
MY next history is out of the Bible.
It is about the Prodigal Son. Ahl I
think I have only to mention that name,
and you will remember the foolish young
man who had such a pleasant home and
such a kind father, and who yet was not
happy. He wanted to be his own mas-
ter, and so asked his father to give him
his portion of good. You know what
then took place. The young man left
his kind father's house, and went into a
distant land, and ienloney in in
and riot. You know, too, t when he
had spent all that he had, a famine arose





TI" TURoII POU .


in that land, and he began to be in want;
and that, by and by, his wimt was so
very great that he was forced to become
a servant, and to go into a field to feed
his master's hogs. You remember he
was so hungry that he would have been
glad to fill his belly with the food which
he had to give to the hogs. And then
he began to think of his happy home;
he thought of his father, how many ser-
vants he had, and how much better they
were off than himself. And then he
na "I will arise and go to my father,
and will say unto him, Father, I have
,*med against heaven and before thee,
and am no more worthy to be called thy
son: make me as one of thy hired ser
vants." This was the turning point in
*th young man's life. If he had not




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turned thus, perhaps he would never
have seen his happy home and his tthbe
again. But he did turn, and you know
how kindly his father treated him; how
he saw him while he was yet a great
way off and ran to meet him, and fell
upon his neck and kissed him, and put a
gold ring on his finger, and shoes on his
feet, and dressed him in his best robe,
and made a feas' fbr him, and said,
"This my son wa46ded, and is alive
again; he was loct, sa ib found."
The whole hitorI of this you May
read in the 16 halMpeof Luke, and it
is written thea to show how willing the
kind Saviour is to receive and pardon all
who really turn from sin, though they
may have been very wicked indeed.
And we have to learn from this not to





a THU TURNING pom .
neglect turning back from wrong to right,
because we feel we have gone so far-eo
very far astray; but to make a turning
point at once, without going a step
farther.





IAMU WooLM.


CHAPTER V.
JAMKS WOOLJ.

I waL now tell you my last history.
It is about a boy whose name was James
Woolfe.
SJames was born in a large town,
where, it is to be feared, there were very
many boys and girI, ad men and wo-
men too, who knmw btt little about God
and his ways, ad who loved in too
well to fctake it. Butthe father and
mother of James wersidlibe, diadbpet
people. They kmnw what wa right, and
they taught their little ones what wa
right too. But James went.with other
boys in the street, who were very wiae~bk
rst of all he played with them, id
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THU TURN1mO W)InT.


thus learned their wicked words and
ways. Then he went with them to do
what was not honest; they taught him
how to steal. For some time, it is very
likely, his parents did not know into
what bad ways their little boy was run-
ning; and when they found him out in
what was wrong, they punished him for
it. But this did not cure him. Instead
of being a better boy, he got worse and
worse; and when he was yet but a little
boy, he ran away from home, and lived
with people who were so wicked as to
break into house at night, to rob them.
These wicked people liked to have the
boy t live with them, because he went
with them at night, and helped them to
do their sinful deeds.
But was James happy ? Oh, no. Do




Jams woonU. L

you know that there is a erse in th
Bible which says, "there is no peao to
the wicked?" James found this to be
true. He knew what he was doing was
very wicked, and he was not happy. He
was soon tired of the sad life he led,.and
longed to return home to his kind mo-
ther. He could not forget his home;
and often -he used to linger near the
street in which that home was, and wish
he had never left it. One, while he was
thus roaming about his home, he saw his
little brother ad sister walking nar
him. They did not see him, and he was
ashamed to be seen by them; and though
he would gladly have run and thrown
his arms round them, and kised them,
his heart told him that he was not fit to
be near them, nor to be seen by them1




8t THa 2oAnnme Jou.
am thoughbe felt his love for them r-
ing, i his heart, he dared not give wa
to it. Oh, what a sad state any person
must be in, who feels himself too wicked
to go near those who bept love him
But though James did not let his brother
and sister see him, he watched them, and
he saw that they looked happy. They
were happy, because they had not gone
astray as he had done; and he was not
happy, because he was wicked. But to
have een his brother and sister made
him mow unhappy. All the rest of the
day he thought of them, and of his pa-
rent, and his home; and he thought
that when night came, instead of going
n in.his in, he would go home, and ask
his parents to forgive him and take him
Wka sgin.




nam WLasM. U
Night eme: it was a dark, wet B*l1
but he went to do as he had thought h
weold. He went to the street in which
his parents lived. He reached their
house; but when he got there he was
afraid, and he turned beck again. Still
he could not give up his wish; he turned
again, and crept under the window of
the room in which he knew his parents
were sitting. There was a light in the
room, and the window was covered with
a curtain; but there was a smanl rent in
the curtain, through which he could mee
into the room. He put his fae close to
the window pane, and looked. He mw
his mother sitting by the fire,and her
face was so sad that he felt sure she was
thinking of him-her poor lost, wicked
boy I He left the window, and went to





It THE OUrWING OrrT.
the door. His hand was almost on the
latch, when same and fear held him
back. He onoe more went away from
the door, farther and farther from it,
until he lost sight of it, and he did not
return; the turning poiqt seemed with
him to be passed. He never again went
near his home; he never again saw his
kind mother.
Shall I tell you the rest of the history
d Jame Woolfe? I will tell you a part
of it. Be still went on in his sin, and
was soon found out, and sent to prison.
After being kept in prison, he was tried,
found guilty, sad sent out of the country,
many, many hundreds of miles o; to
work in hard service for seven yeaM.
After.that, he did not leave off the sin
which had caused him so much sorrow;




stm WOOLra. 8
sd again he was found out md panhed
in the same way. He was made to wak
halu, and had no one to pity him and be
kind to him. till he had not lost all
the good teaching he had had at home
when he was a child, and he acted better
than some of the bad people who were
with him; and once he risked his life to
save a person who had fallen into the
sea. For this act he would have been
rewarded in beig set free, b befob
his pardoned ame, he had done other bad
things, so that he did not reive the
pado. At length he joined with s al
other bad men, who tried to steal a boa
and get away from the place to which
tMy had been sent. In trying to do
ti, some of.hem were killedpad the
ra were taken. They were sit to a





THn TUNINae Purr.


dreary prison, and from the prison they
were taken before the judge, and some of
them were put to death for their crime.
James Woolfe was sped, because he
had not been so bad as the others; but
he never came back again to his own
country.
The gentleman who has written the
history of James Woolfe and the other
men who tried to steal the boat, was in
the land where they were, and saw poor-
James when he was in prison. He then
seemed very sorry for all the bad things
he had done, and the gentleman hoped
that he was turned from his evil ways
and had gone to God for pardon, through
Jesus Christ. I hope that it was so; and
if he really did so from .is heart, we
know that God would hear him, and fo




SaUM WOOLs. 8T
give him for the sake of his dear Sm.
But oh I how much sin and sorrow he
would have been delivered fom,if he ha4
not turned away from his father's door
when his hand was nearly on the latch.
How happy and useful he might have
been, instead of being lost and ruined, d
least for this life, as he surely was!
There are the lessons which I wish
you to learn fom this history of James
*Woolfe. The first is not to make friend
of wicked boys or girls. If James had
not done this, he would not have been ow
wicked as he wua. It wa his fik step"
to ruin. I think it would be very ard-
to fnd a peron who had gone on i.A
great sin, who had not, when young, had*
wicked playfellows, and loved to be with
them. I am sure there is no hope of
4




THR TUINING POrn.


such a person growing up to be good, and
honest, and true,, unless it should please
God to turn him away from such com.
pany, and make him hate their ways as
much as he before loved them. My
dear boy or girl, who may read this book,
I you hear any playfellows of yours use
bad words, or if you see them do bad
actions, do not make friends with them,
but avoid them, and pray to God to keep
you from them and their ways.
The next lesson you may learn from
in story is, not to feel shame in turning
back from what is wrong. Oh, there is
no shame in turningback; the shame is
in going out If.James Woolfe had not
felt this fale shame, ne would -not have
turned back from the door, but have
opened it, and run to his mother's arms.




JANU WOOIn.


How glad would she have been to have
heard him may, "Mother, I have been
very wicked; dear mother, forgive me r
And would she not have forgiven him?
I am almost sure she would; and so, too,
would his father. But his sinfl shame
kept him from trying.
Another lesson to be learned from
this story-is,-when we know that we
have done wrong, and feel a wish to turn
back from it, the worst thing we can do
is to hesitate, and think about it, and put
it off to some other time. If it is r
to turn back at all, it is wrog nou e
turn at once. If poor J had not
stopped at the window; buTad gone at
once to Ae door, and opened it, he might
have been saved; but the more and the
longer he thought about doing it, the





4o TrI TUnmN worM.
harder it seemed, until at last he lost all
his courage. Perhaps, too, when he went
away on that night, he meant to return
on some other night; but he never did
return. I dare say it seemed harder the
next day than it had done before; and
perhaps, too, he had lost the wish to re-
turn. Poor James I





t ITOu.


CHAPTER VI.
ron YOU.

AND anow, I have a little more to add
to what you have read; and, as it is
about you, who are reading this little
book, I hope you will think about it m
well as read it.


The first thiIaglwh to sayis th
you have need, eaO in your ), to come
to a turning point. Yes, you. & may
be that you have already done so. I
feel happy to believe that many boys and
girls have come to the turning point
4*





I THM TQUM .. IOnr.
which I now think of, and have turned
a surely as the tide of the sea turns.
If you have done so, oh, how happy are
you II am sure there is no need to tell
you what turning point I mean.
But, if you have not come to this
turning point in your life, you have great
need to do so. I will tell you what .this
turning point is.
Do you not know thee is a veree in
the Bible which mey "All we like sheep
have gone astray; we have turned eery
me of us to his own way This means
that we mave all gone asaLy from God,
ad feimOe way Lwhic would lead uB
to heaven, and have all turned into the
way which will lead us to hell. It


* I liii. 6.





ie. ms. 45
-eas that every little'child, as mon
he begin to think and to know,. hows
ign of having a sinful heat-a heart
that does not love God and holiness;
and that, as he grows older, he wanders
on in in, and loves it more and more,
and strays farther and farther from the
ways of God,-unles, indae he comes
to a turning point.
Now, my dear young friend, I should
be very glad if you would think about
thi. Just lay down this book for a
minute or two, and ask, "I tuis tm
Try to look into your own mind,. nd.
whether you do love. Godk ith ao gl
heart, and whether you alway walk i
his ways; or whether you do not often
dosuch things a you know he does not
Sapprove or allow? You know thatthis





44 TH TUNrUTIe OINT.
is true of you. Well, then, yea a in
the ways of sin; and in order to be
happy and safe, yon must turn baok
from these ways of sin. This is the
turning point that I speak of.
The sea, when it reaches the highest
or the lowest point, seems to stop a while
and then turns back; but with men it is
not so. They are falling lower and
lower till they come to a point at which
they turn, or go on for ever sinking into
the world of wo. Will you turn, or
will you sink into that world where hope
f change never comes ? You may, per
hap, now decide for ever. To-morrow
may not come to you.

I have next to tell you, that the way
is open for you to turn back. Though





I05 TOU.


Ood is agry with the kicked every dy,
al though he has said that all wsh
mray from is ways deserve to be leftt
pesh in their own way,-yet he in Mll
of pity and love. He does not wish that
even one should perish, but had rather
that they should all turn to him and
live. This i why he ant his dear Son
into the world,-to ave sinners from
their uin, and to turn them back to God
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is
the way. He i the way that leadsus
back to God. It is by having faith in
him, and loving him, that our hearts an
be turned from in to God; and this i
the turning point to which you may
ome,', and to which you mso oMme, if
you would escape the wrath of God.
But you not only ray oom to this





THr TUNnm PonrrT.


turning point, and must come to it to be
happy;-there is another thing which I
have to mention,-God inside you to
come to it. He says to you, Turn, turn
from your evil ways; for why will ye
die?"* "Turn unto the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and slow to anger."f
This, my young friend, is a message from
God to you. 'He invites you to turn
froA sin, and says he will receive you,
and love you, and bless you. He in-
vitee you as your Saviour, and says,
"Him that cometh to me I will in no
wise cast out"


Next, I wish you to understand and
feel that you ought not to delay turning

* Ek zzziii. 1. tJloela.l. JohnTLaT.




1OR YOU.


fram in to God until you come to what
you would think to be a good turning
point. I should be sorry if any thing in
any of the stories you have just read
were to make you think that persons come
to turning points only now and then.
Oh I such a thought would be a very
sad one-it would make you feel at rest
in your sins, and keep you for ever from
God. My dear young reader, any time
in this world is a turning time, and sain
point in your life is a turning point, i'
you will but make use of it. But now,
is the best, the very best time, and the
only time you can be sure of. Now-
now before you have gone a step fuithA
in the wrong road, before you hamw done r
another wrong thing; Now, while you
ae reading this book. You are come to





THr TURNING POINT.


a turntg point now, at this very minute;
for God says, "Now is the accepted,W
the right time; Now is the day of salva-
tion."
"Ah," you think, "it is hard to turn
back from sin." Yes, so it is: but think
of this too,--i it harer to go forward.
The way of sin is hard in the world. It
leads to much sorrow. But, oh, how
much more hard does it appear when we
4thi. of the next world I Do you not
know that the wages of sin is death ?-
eternal death in hell? And is coming to
the turning point now, as hard as that
will U then? Oh, nol And beside,
t it is hard to turn from a way
that we have loved, yet the way beak
again to God is a happy way, as well w
a afe way. The ways of God are ple1





1o0 YOC. 49

sant ways, and his paths are paths of
peace. (
Come, then-will you not turn now f
Will you not make this-the reading of
this little book-your turning point?
Will you go to God now, and ask him,
for the sake of his dear Son, to pardon
all your sins, and to turn you to himself?
You must do this if you turn aright, for
you cannot turn from sin in your own
strength. I hope you will not forget
this; and, that you may not forget it, I
will repeat it.
You neer till be abe to ,tur frm sin
in your own srrengt. I will tell you why
you will not. Sin and Satan are stronger
than you are, and your heart is on their
side too. So that though you should
say, "I will not do any thing that is
5





50- THE TUNING oIRT.
wrong any more. I will not deceive; I
will not be in a passion; I will not think
bad thoughts, or speak bad words, any
more;" and though you should mean
what you say, all will be of no use, whik
you try to turn in your own strength.
You will soon, very soon, find how weak
you are. You will never come to a turn-
ing point in this way.
No; you must turn in the strength of
God. He alone is stonger than sin, and
Satan, and your tf heart. You
must go to him in prayer, and humbly
ak him to help you; ask him to give
yoa pardon for your past ways, for the
sake of his dear Son, who died for sin-
ners; ask him to give you his own Holy
Spirit to teach you, and turn you, and
lead you. And if you ask these good
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o10 TYO. 61
things, and feel that you need them, and
really wish to have them, God, for Christ's
sakewill give them to you, for he has sad
that he will. He has said that, if you
seek these things, you shall find them; if
you ask for them, you shall receive them;
and if you knock at the door of his mercy,
it shall be opened to you.*

I will only add a very short prayer,
which you may use, if. you really desire
to turn from sin to God; and a little
verse, which you may also repeat.
"0 Lord, 'turn thou me, and I shall
be turned, for thou art the Lord my
God.' Turn me from sin, and help me
to love thee, and obey thy will. Give

Matt. ii. 7.





652 THE TURNING POINT.
me, 0 Lord, thy Holy Spirit to dwell in
my heart, and to lead me in thy ways,
and to teach me thy fear. Do this, 0
Lord, for the sake of thy dear Son, Jesus
Christ, who came into the world to save
sinners, and who said, 'Suffer the little
children to come unto me, and forbid
them not, for of such is the kingdom of
heaven.' Amen."

'Turn, turn me, mighty God,
And mould my heart afresh;
Break, sovereign grace, this heat of stone,
And give a heart of lesh."




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