Books such as … Nabil’s Narrative … should be read and read over again by every soul who desires to serve the Movement or considers himself an active member of the group.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 566)
Feel impelled appeal entire body American believers to henceforth regard Nabil’s soul-stirring Narrative as essential adjunct to reconstructed Teaching program, as unchallengeable textbook in their Summer Schools, as source of inspiration in all literary and artistic pursuits, as an invaluable companion in times of leisure, as indispensable preliminary to future pilgrimage to Bahá’u’lláh’s native land, and as unfailing instrument to allay distress and resist attacks of critical, disillusioned humanity.
(Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 1)
I would strongly urge you to utilize, to the utmost possible extent, the wealth of authentic material gathered in Nabil’s stirring narrative and to encourage the youth to master and digest the facts recorded therein as a basis for their future work in the teaching field, and as a sustenance to their spiritual life and activities in the service of the Cause.
(Shoghi Effendi, Importance of Deepening our Knowledge and Understanding of the Faith, p. 22)
It is interesting to note as well that Shoghi Effendi encouraged the believers to study the Dawn-Breakers, which he described as an “unfailing instrument to allay distress.” (Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 23 October 1994)
Read books such as the Íqán, Some Answered Questions, Nabil’s Narrative, and you will appreciate the truth of His Mission, as well as the true spirit He creates in whosoever follows His ways.”
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 474)
Shoghi Effendi hopes that you will exert all your effort to deepen your knowledge of the literature of the movement, until you become fully acquainted with its spirit and tenets. Unless you do obtain such a firm hold you will never be able to teach others and render real service to the promulgation of the Faith. Of special importance is the … ‘Dawn-Breakers’ of Nabil. Every Bahá’í should master these books and be able to explain their contents to others. Besides their importance, they are interesting and most absorbing.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 559)