A Practical Guide for Teens Several generations of youth have been nourished by this uncompromising call to duty; purity; and service. The author; who began her ministry when only 17 years of age; invites Seventh-day Adventist youth to examine their reading; dress; music; and social life; and discard cheap amusements that retard spiritual progress. She examines those fundamental traits of character that make for success or failure in the spiritual life; and discusses practical subjects such as home and parents; health; courtship and marriage; and how to recognize true love. This bracing challenge to honor God with a self-controlled life will inspire many to join the army of dedicated youth who "climb the shining way;" who aim to "stand upon the summit of intellectual greatness" and serve their God by dreaming dreams. Youth is crisis time. It is a time life’s directions are chosen and life’s goals are set. Youth can also be a time of false sense; false starts; and radical changes. It can be a time of great mistakes. Young people will respond to a tough challenge; but they need direction. Youth are seeking; beyond peer pressure and hormonal urges; a value system that will provide a moral and spiritual framework—for life. Young people were built for God; and without God as the center of their lives they become frustrated and confused; ever searching; desperately grasping. Some say to young people; ‘The world is at your feet.’ But this is true only if they grasp God and have heaven in their hearts.