The bed that fourteen-year-old Tip Lewis has just tumbled out of is ragged and unkempt. Tip looks just like the bed, and the whole room looks the same. In fact, all three look about as bad as dust, rags, and poverty can make them look.
Tip's sick father and his hardworking mother do not know God and give no instruction in right living to their mischievous, idle son.
One Sunday morning, for the purpose of frolic and fun, Tip and his friends enter a church, and the story that Tip hears sets his mind to thinking of heaven and plants in his heart a longing to see all its beauties and glories.
No one knows what thoughts are going on in Tip's mind--that is, no one but God. Very lovingly, God woos and leads him, using others to drop encouraging words that fill him with a longing to live a better life. Finally he determines to do what he can to go to that heavenly city.
Many are the trials Tip faces, but the wise counsel of a loving minister set his feet on the right path and introduces him to the Word of God, which becomes his guide and comfort—a lamp to his feet and a light to his path.
Few people take seriously Tip's first efforts to change his life. His sister. Kitty, is astonished and wonder what has come over him. His schoolmates are amazed when he arrives at school on time and makes an effort to obey the rules and learn his lessons.
One severe trial is Bob, the boy who was with Tip in every form of trouble and wrong in the past. How can we withstand the pressures that Bob exerts upon him?
Your heart will be touched as you follow Tip in his struggles, his failures, and his triumphs.
Does Tip's lamp ever fail to encourage him, to show him the way to the heavenly city?
This book carries to the heart of every Christian a challenge to faithfully "cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days."
See also Tip Lewis Finds God, a simplified version of this book at a Grade 2.5 reading level designed for special education.