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I looked around upon the world, and saw that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of suffering. And I looked for the cause. I looked around, but could not find it; I looked in books, but could not find it; I looked within, and found there both the cause and the self-made nature of that cause. I looked again, and deeper, and found the remedy.

I found one Law, the Law of Love; one Life, the Life of adjustment to that Law; one Truth, the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart. And I dreamed of writing a book which should help men and women, whether rich or poor, learned or unlearned, worldly or unworldly, to find within themselves the source of all success, all happiness, all accomplishment, all truth. And the dream remained with me, and at last became substantial; and now I send it forth into the world on its mission of healing and blessedness, knowing that it cannot fail to reach the homes and hearts of those who are waiting and ready to receive it.

—James Allen

Note: This book was also published as two books, The Path to Prosperity and The Way of Peace, as follows:

Part I: The Path to Prosperity

   The Lesson of Evil
   The World a Reflex of Mental States
   The Way Out of Undesirable Conditions
   The Silent Power of Thought: Controlling and Directing One's Forces
   The Secret of Health, Success, and Power
   The Secret of Abounding Happiness
   The Realization of Prosperity

Part II: The Way of Peace

   The Power of Meditation
   The Two Masters, Self and Truth
   The Acquirement of Spiritual Power
   The Realization of Selfless Love
   Entering Into the Infinite
   Saints, Sages and Saviors: The Law of Service
   The Realization of Perfect Peace

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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. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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