"Readers of this autobiography will be impressed by the varied activities that are described. Dr Perkins would have gained eminence in many careers. When he entered the ministry the worlds of law and commerce were deprived of one who has unique forensic and administrative gifts. As prosecuting or defending counsel he would have created a great impression and most probably been burdened with more cases than he could manage. He would have had little sympathy with a judge or jury that disagreed with his views. Eventually he might have become a judge himself and gone on circuit in a sense other than that which was to be his chosen vocation as a Methodist minister. He would have looked the part and embodied the virtues which we associate with that high office. But Dr Perkins entered the ministry and the gifts that would have opened many gilded doors he gladly devoted to the service of the Church."
--From the Foreword by the Rev. Dr. Harold Roberts