McConkey's books are rare and wonderfully helpful jewels on the Christian life. This one is no exception, and was considered the "best" book on the subject by William Bordon, a much used young adult who made such a difference in former times and whose biography was written by the daughter-in-law of Hudson Taylor. Bordon carried it with him everywhere he went—and for good reason as you will discover! I personally had this book for many years, having found it in a used bookstore, but only picked it up to read as a result of my pastor doing a series on the Holy Spirit. Was I ever surprised and blessed, and found a personal application of the first secret—"you already have the Holy Spirit"—in my having had the book for so many years and not having read and been blessed by it.
James McConkey was a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from Princeton College (now University) in 1880 as president of his class, and later studied law and was admitted to the bar. He was influential in the work of YMCA and in the founding of Africa Inland Mission. An invalid most of his life, he died in 1937 at the age of 79.
This book was originally published by the Silver Publishing Company and offered free to anyone requesting a copy. It was copyrighted in 1897.
Other resources by McConkey on this web site:
The Surrendered Life
3 Fold Secret of the Holy Spirit - pdf
Commit Your Life to God (A more condensed version of The Commital)
The Sure Shepherd
The Yielded Life
(McConkey's original sermon)
The Believer's Gift to God
The Dedicated Life