This book is the result of much prayerful study. It is sent forth with an earnest prayer, that in the hands of the parents it may be the means of making the study of the Bible in the family a blessing to young and old; and that the teacher in the schoolroom may see precious rays of light flashing from its pages, pointing both teacher and pupil to the Great Divine Teacher. This facsimile, originally printed in 1904, makes an excellent study book for young and old.
When twenty-two year old Stephen N Haskell first talked with a Sabbathkeeping Adventist, he declared, "If you want to keep that old Jewish Sabbath, you can do so, but I never shall." But later that day in 1853 the Sabbathkeeper, William Saxby, invited Haskell to his home, and explained the heavenly sanctuary and the three messages of Revelation 14. Haskell left Saxby's home deeply troubled, but after further study and prayer decided to follow the plain teachings of the Bible. During the next sixty-seven years Haskell served as an Adventist evangelist, church administrator, missionary, writer, and Bible teacher. In 1914 he published his most famous book, The Cross and Its Shadow, to help others understand the meaning of the sanctuary and its role of pointing to Christ.