Consists of twenty-two philosophical essays embracing a wide and varied field of thought, all of which, however, are designed to illustrate man's spiritual position and power in the universe.
Described by James Allen as: "...a work consisting of twenty-two spiritual essays on man in his relation to external nature, the universe, and his fellow-men. In his preface the author says: "All Truth which is above the plane of the intellect should be accepted, not upon external authority, but just in the measure that it receives the full sanction of the inner 'Guide,' or spiritual intuition of the individual. To aid in and point out the law of the development of this supernal faculty to his readers is the writer's earnest desire and effort." There is a great beauty and charm about the essays, and we should like to quote freely from them had we the space. The following are the titles of a few of the essays:—"The Divinity of Nature," "Our Relations To Environment," "The Dynamics of Mind," "The Education of Thought," "The Subconscious Mind," "The Psychology of Crime."
Mr. Wood Is a seer as well as a thinker. He searches to find the secrets of the spirit, and thereby discover many of the mysteries of life. His pages abound in the sayings of wisdom and truth. They are crowded with compelling suggestions, and rich in inspiring statements. His style is clear, penetrative, brilliant, and impressive, like his thought. He ranks with the foremost writers and thinkers of the time. —Boston Courier
We doubt very much if in the whole range of English literature we have ever read anything more fascinating than his chapter on "The Divinity of Nature." It has all the beauty of Emerson—another idealist—and all the sympathy of Thoreau. —The Minneapolis Tribune
The series of papers are redolent of intellectual ozone, of mental exhilaration, and great spiritual tonicity. The author makes the somewhat difficult philosophy of the higher life very clear in his able treatment of the subject from a scientific standpoint. —Tie Call, Philadelphia
The result of reading this book is to acknowledge Mr. Wood an original thinker and an idealist, and that he possesses the faculty of presenting these questions which are growing all the time of greater importance to the general thinker, in a way that is graphic and interesting. He has no superior as an essayist. —Boston Times
Mr. Wood has the faculty of presenting vital topics in an interesting and very graphic manner, and has here ably treated the higher unfolding of humanity from a scientific standpoint. —Detroit Free Press
There is not a page in it that does not contain matter for a fascinating controversy. —Saturday Evening Gaxettt, Boston.