Church of God, Carmichael, CA
D. O. Teasley, 1909
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A drowning man, it is said, will grasp at a straw. This is because he has become awakened to the fact that he is in a critical condition and must have assistance at once or perish. He grasps the straw as his only visible help, and the last ray of hope seems to have fled as he goes down; but even in this desperate condition he feels the encircling arm of a friend and, just in time to save his life, he is rescued.
There are people today sinking in the quagmires of sin, as it were; there are those who have met with misfortune and discouragement and are drifting into a state of desperation; there are some who have been saved, but have given way to doubts and fears, and thus losing hope, are sinking into despair.
In this volume the author has caused rays of hope to shine upon the pathway of erring and unstable souls and such as have become despondent and filled with despair. The way to victory is pointed out, the plans of the enemy are exposed, and many helpful suggestions are given that will aid one in conquering the foe and becoming master of the situation in spiritual matters through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The experience of the author, broadened by years of effectual service in behalf of sin burdened and thirsty souls, has enabled him to present in these pages thoughts and suggestions, instruction and advice, that tend to make the book "Rays of Hope," worthy of its name.
E. E. Byrum 
This book is not intended to present dogmatic theology, but it is written for men and women who feel the need of encouragement and help in fighting the battles of everyday life.
Many people in the world are overconscientious, timid, and easily accused by Satan. To such, I trust, the following pages will prove a help and a blessing.
Two chapters have been taken from a former publication"The Holy Spirit and Other Spirits." This is done because I have received many letters from those who have been benefited by these chapters.
The writer has a deep sympathy for those unfortunate persons who, through various causes, have fallen into "the slough of despond" and the following pages have been penned to pierce the gloom and let in some rays of light. It is hoped also that the perusal of these pages may help some to shun the road of doubts and fears that leads to the dark city of misery.
Praying that God may by this humble effort encourage some despondent soul, I am,
Hopefully yours in Christ, D. O. Teasley
New York, N. Y. 
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