Following a path of praise is like running an obstacle course. There are challenges around every bend of the road. Many of these difficulties are identified and clarified in the the parables of Matthew Thirteen. The same parables which profile the problems also present principles which unable us to turn them into a lifestyle of positive attitudes. The good news is, like the parable of the soils, all ground can become good ground. With proper cultivation, we need not remain mired in murmuring. We can rise to new heights of rejoicing, because the One who gave us the parables is our constant companion. As we turn the pages of this book we begin an adventure, not only in understanding the eight parables of Matthew thirteen, but in practicing their precepts in the practical arena of our daily lives.