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James Allen

James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief.

As a whole, hisbooks teach the power of mind over matter, over body, over wrong habits of thought, over suffering of all kinds, and over adverse circumstances. Each has within him the power to successfully accomplish his purposes, all that is needed to that end being the right control, right purification, and right direction of his mental forces.

As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh is James Allen's third book. He described it as "A book that will help you to help yourself", "A pocket companion for thoughtful people", and "A book on the power and right application of thought." It was first published in 1903—most sites incorrectly claim that the book was published in 1902. The first edition was published by The Savoy Publishing Company and was pocket size and daintily bound in cream leatherette with gold lettering.

Man is the creator and shaper of his destiny by the thoughts which he thinks. He rises and falls in exact accordance with the character of the thoughts which he entertains. His environment is the result of what he has thought and done in the past, and his circumstances in the future are being shaped and built by his present desires, aspirations, thoughts and actions. He therefore who chooses and pursues a particular line of thought, consciously builds his own destiny. This the book makes this clear.

It is beautifully written, practical, and breathes throughout a tone of high spirituality. It is full of the highest teaching, and will be a source of inspiration to everyone who ponders its words of truth. It is written with a forcible and lucid style, and the subjects are presented in such a manner that the reader cannot fail to be interested and helped. It contains a great deal of wisdom, tersely and beautifully expressed. Every page breathes the spirit of a calm, thoughtful, and religious mind. The tone is like that of a grateful melody that at once soothes and inspires. It is always true, and touches the soul but to bless it.

*If you are new to Allen and his works, you probably want to start with this book.

This book is also available as an audio book.

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Above Life's Turmoil

Above Life's Turmoil

This book was first published in 1910. It contains twenty chapters showing how one can live a beautiful and happy life, free from uncertainty and anxiety, while performing all the duties of life and engaging in worldly activities.

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All These Things Added

All These Things Added

James Allen's second book was published in 1902 and is rich in thought of a most practical kind, is invaluable for the clear and original way in which it presents the spiritual aspect of things. As a contribution to the study of the spiritual nature of man in his relation to the present conditions of existence, it is worthy of the serious attention of all students. He said "All earnest Truth-Seekers should read this book."

It is a book for those who aspire to the calm and steadfast life and the spiritually-minded who seek to know their supreme duty in life, who are exercised about the problem of evil and the mental and social inequalities around them. It points such to the great Spiritual Realities within themselves, and reveals the way by which those Realities can be realized and known. It shows how and in what way the Kingdom of Heaven is sought and found; and how, when found, all the necessary material things are added, and bliss and peace are assured. The reading of the book lifts and elevates, and raises one from the worries and cares of everyday life to think of brighter aims. This book is like an oasis in the desert. It contains the bread of life in abundant measure for all who hunger for spiritual food. Open the pages where you will, the gems of thought are there.

This book elaborates the method of attaining to the highest spiritual refuge and security, through which all necessary worldly things are obtained in peace and joy, and with perfect freedom from anxiety.

It contains two sections which are often split into separate books: Entering the Kingdom ("Foreward" through "At Rest in The Kingdom and All Things Added") and The Heavenly Life ("The Divine Center" through "Heaven in the Heart").

In the first part of this work the struggle of life is considered and dealt with, and the way by which that struggle may be mastered and transcended by the individual is clearly pointed out.

The second part deals with the powers, blessing, and supreme attainments of the poised and steadfast life.

There is a detailed review of the book here.

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Book of Meditations

Book of Meditations

This book was compiled by Allen's wife, Lily,  after his death and published in 1913. It offers a selection from his works for each day of the year for reflection.

An attempt has been made to identify which book each passage is quoted from however, many of the passages are not found in Allen's books and some of the wording that does appear in Allen's books has been slightly changed as it is presented in the Book of Meditations, making the source difficult to locate. Also, many passages are selected from multiple books.

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Byways of Blessedness

Byways of Blessedness

This book was first published in 1904. James Allen described this as "A book for all. It aims to reveal the sublime principles which lie hidden in the common facts of daily life."

The book expounds those right states of mind and wise modes of action which, when adopted under trying circumstances, bring about results fruitful of blessedness. The principles put forth are applicable to the common circumstances of daily life, in which all are frequently involved, and upon the wrong or right use of which all our misery or happiness depends; and those who put these principles into practice will very rapidly prove for themselves that circumstances are subordinate to the human will, and as the potter molds the unsightly clay into shapes of beauty, so the spiritual potter (he who has acquired the right state of mind) brings out of "adverse conditions" results that are precious, beautiful, and blessed.

This book instructs how to meet, understand, and master the everyday difficulties and trials of life. When trouble or difficulty is fully understood, it is finally conquered and passes away. This book shows how every day can be made fully blessed.

"A brightly written book is Mr. James Allen's new volume, entitled Byways of Blessedness." —Light

"Mr. Allen's latest book appeals to us as being his best. Particularly are the chapters on 'Forgiveness' and on 'Silentness' full of wise thought, calmly yet impressively uttered. It is a useful book for a quiet hour." —The Christian Life

"A book which, with careful reading, Christians of all shades of creed will find beneficial, for it inspires to the pursuit of the loftiest ideals of holy, happy living. Moreover, the work is written in a terse, lucid, and forcible style, contains numerous clear-cut gems of rich thought, and is evidently the result of ripe experience and rare reflection. For these reasons, then, I heartily commend Byways of Blessedness. —Christian Million

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The Divine Companion

The Divine Companion

James Allen described this book as "The story of my soul" and said it should be the last book of his to be read. It was published after his death in 1919. It contains three sections: "The Divine Companion", "The Divine Dialogue", and "The Divine Messages".

This book is also available as an audio book.

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The Eight Pillars of Prosperity

The Eight Pillars of Prosperity

Published in 1911.

This book us for business and commercial men, and for men and women who are anxious to achieve an honorable success in the various pursuits of life. It shows the solid foundation on which true prosperity rests, and shows how it can be built up on the strong pillars which support it against all the storms of adversity. The reason of failure is shown, the way to avoid it is pointed out, and the true science of success is made plain. But it is not a technical science, but a science of life, and the book is so written as to please and captivate while it advises and instructs. No business man or woman, or any one preparing for a business career, should fail to get this book. They should make a study of its principles, which are so sound and sure, so strong and invincible, that all who apply them in the construction of their business cannot fail to achieve in their particular avocation—whether it be commerce, science, art or literature—an abiding prosperity and well earned success.

 

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Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success

Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success

This is one of James Allen's final works. It covers living in happiness and gaining success. It was published in 1913 after his death.

This small and attractive work contains many beautiful and choice thoughts upon the principles and methods of right living to ensure spiritual satisfaction, blessedness, and peace. This work is imbued with the Author's personality, and is carefully edited by Mrs. Lily L. Allen, who says: “This is one of the last Manuscripts written by James Allen. Like all his works, it is eminently practical to live out the teaching of this book faithfully in every detail of life will lead one to more than Happiness and Success." The many admirers of James Allen will be glad to add this work to their library.

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From Passion to Peace

From Passion to Peace

This book covers base human emotions and guides a transition into divine human qualities. It was published in 1910.

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From Poverty to Power

From Poverty to Power

This is James Allen's first book, published in 1901. It was also titled The Realization of Prosperity and Peace. Allen described this book as "A Book for all those who are in search of better conditions, wider freedom, and increased usefulness."

This book appeals to the reader from his own standpoint, and indicates the line of development along which each one should work in order to accomplish the greatest amount of lasting good. Enduring success in any direction is shown to be the result of inward adjustment and growth. Each may accelerate his own progress by silently, but effectively harmonizing his mental forces, the good effects of which will soon become manifest in improved circumstances, and wider opportunities.

This Book is suitable for men and women in all circumstances, stations, and conditions of life. The Truth is so presented in its pages as to render it adaptable to all minds. Numbers of business men have profited largely by reading it, while those sacking the highest Truth have entered into larger light and greater peace by studying its chapters.

This book shows how one may surely rise above adversity and poverty; how he may find and safely walk the path of material prosperity; how, also, if he so wishes, he may go still further, and, walking the path of truth, may reach the goal of spiritual peace.

This book contains two sections that were later published as individual books: The Path to Prosperity and The Way of Peace. It also contains many poems that were later published in Poems of Peace.

This book is also available as an audio book.

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The Life Triumphant

The Life Triumphant

This book was published in 1908 and is said to be the most powerful and strength-inspiring of all Allen's works. It provides steps to rise out of weak conditions such as sin and sorrow and enter into victory over your heart and mind. 

This is a book of strength and victory, and is full of encouragement, healthy stimulus, and inspiration for all who are anxious to improve themselves and better their condition. It reveals the strong and well-poised life and triumph over adveristy and evil. It begins with the life of strong faith, and, taking the reader step by step, it leads from strength to strength, ending in the life of pure knowledge, and of victory over all adversity and evil.

It contains the author's ripest thoughts.

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Light on Life's Difficulties

Light on Life's Difficulties

This book sheds light on dealing with the hardships of human life including self-control, sacrifices, sorrows, and more. It was published in Allen's final year, 1912.

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Man: King of Mind, Body, and Circumstance

Man: King of Mind, Body, and Circumstance

This book was published in 1911. It is a short book that offers solutions to life's problems and learning how to live.

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The Mastery of Destiny

The Mastery of Destiny

This book was published in 1909. It covers positive subjects including mind-building, accomplishment, and thoroughness.

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Men and Systems

Men and Systems

This book covers work, wages, survival of the fittest and more. It was published in 1914.

It as advertised with the following description:

The series of essays which comprise this work, and ably edited by Mrs. James Allen, first appeared in Bibby's Annual, and it is by Mr. Bibby's kind permission they are now given to the world in book form; their issue in this manner will give them a permanent place in the series of books which form the James Allen Library.

These Essays are remarkably fresh, original and inspiring, representing the matured thoughts of a gifted mind permeated with spiritual teaching. Apart from their spiritual character they contain much that is practical and which apply to this material world, including the progress of scientific research, and the advances accomplished and in course of accomplishment in the present era. Therefore, these essays are not of a visionary or of an imaginative character; they are imbued with a profoundly elevating tone, and will appeal with considerable force to the reflective mind, and to the student of metaphysical studies.

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Morning and Evening Thoughts

Morning and Evening Thoughts

This book was published in 1909. It is similar to The Book of Meditations, it provides a thought for each morning and evening of the day for a month.  It was compiled by his wife, Lily.

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Out From the Heart

Out From the Heart

This book lays down the first steps in the Path of Enlightenment, and expounds the method by which the higher powers of the mind are cultivated. It shows how to gain self-mastery, and ascend, by successive stages, into a higher and nobler life.

This book unfolds the method of mental cultivation, shows how habits of thought are formed and re-formed, and gives definite and methodical instructions in the regulation and control of one‘s thoughts.

This book was published in 1904 and is the sequel to As a Man Thinketh.

It has been described as:
The work of an idealist expressed in terms of considerable beauty and force. A settled peace will be acquired if its teaching is attained. Its words will be appreciated by all seekers after truth, and his practical suggestions can be carried out by the busiest workers. This is a charming little volume in Mr. Allen's quiet, thoughtful style. It contains such good sense, expressed in a simple and attractive manner. No one could possibly read the book without profit.

 

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Poems of Peace

Poems of Peace

This book is a compilation of poems written by James Allen and published in 1907. Includes a poem for his daughter on her tenth birthday and a dramatic poem titled Eolaus. Many of his poems appeared in his other books and are collected here.  

This is one of the more difficult of his books to read.

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The Shining Gateway

The Shining Gateway

This book was published in 1915. It was compiled after his death and covers topics such as actions and motives, dealing with temptation, religion, and more.

This book goes straight to the point and speaks to the very heart of the reader. For those who are just beginning to awaken to the reality of the Life Beautiful—who are just turning their faces towards The Shining Gateway, this book will be an invaluable guide.

There are very few hooks which strike at the roots of Temptation like this one. Many a man has fallen under temptation simply because he has not understood its source and power. Here he finds out why he is tempted, how he is tempted, and when he is tempted. He is ready to conquer his foe because he understands him; because he realizes just the cause oi his temptation, and knowing the cause he can remove it.

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Through the Gate of Good

Through the Gate of Good

This book was published in 1903. It is also titled Christ and Conduct and is one of James Allen's earliest works.

This is a book for the student of Religion, and for those lovers of truth who are in search of the fundamental principles on which all religions rest. It expounds spiritually in the light of moral conduct, and regards character as the test and measure of truth.

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The Light of Reason

The Light of Reason

The Light of Reason, started in 1902, was a journal edited by James Allen that included inspirational writings from Allen, readers and subscribers of the journal, and other authors of the time. The journal had a large following and groups all around England met regularly to read and discuss its contents. Allen often went on "tours", traveling to each group to speak and meet with the members. The Allen's home was also open to visit by the readers of the journal (for a fee).

The objects of The Light of Reason was:
To teach self-control, purity of heart, and the practice of righteousness, and to help men and women to overcome sin, to live the blameless life, and find thereby the way of perfect peace. It endeavored to show that the Law of Justice obtains to every department of life.

The Light of Reason was devoted to:
Spiritual enlightenment and the practice of righteousness and the expounding of the laws of being and the higher life.

It was advertised as "replete with inspiring articles and poems."

Those who are in search of pure and inspiring reading will find in these volumes a storehouse of miscellaneous spiritual pieces by some of the best writers of the day. All the articles have a direct bearing on practical, everyday life.

After Allen's death, his wife continue the journal under the name, "The Epoch". An ad for The Epoch in one of Mrs. Allen's books read:

"This monthly magazine is doing a world-wide work. It goes to all corners of the earth with its message of peace and goodwill. Among its many subscribers are some of the reigning Princes of India, Clergymen, and Ministers of all religious denominations, Teachers, College Professors, and also the great Working Classes. It is read and enjoyed by all.

It would be impossible to tell in these pages all that The Epoch has done in helping and blessing thousands. All through the Great War it never once missed sending its message every month, and large numbers were sent to the Front and to the Navy by request, free of charge. Epoch readers nobly helped in this great work.

The Work is absolutely a labor of love, there being no paid workers whatsoever. Mrs. James Allen (the Editor) and her daughter give all their time, thought, and their home freely for the work of The Epoch. None of the Writers are paid, for they all understand the lines upon which the work is carried on and esteem it an honor to write for its pages. Kind friends at Ilfracombe for many years have given their services freely in the office for the work's sake."

Miscellaneous Articles

Miscellaneous Articles

This category contains articles that are not found in any of Allen's books.

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