The Journal of John Woolman. Published by Headley Brothers, 14, Bishopsgate Street Without, London, E.C. This is the autobiography of a man who, whilst living a comparatively obscure and humble life, so impressed his sterling moral and spiritual qualities upon his generation, as to have become the initial instrument in the abolition of American slavery, the great beauty of his character, and the full significance of his work not being fully recognized until long after his death. A powerfully written introduction by John Greenleaf Whittier, should be sufficient to commend the book, the diction of which is sweet and simple.
Health and Healing, and Walking With God, by Florence Holt. Published by J. Hartley, Chesterfield. These two Booklets express the aspirations and inward experiences of a feminine mind, presenting, as they do, the purely passive side of the spiritual life. Those who are seeking some spiritual respite from the over activity of the age, will find much in them that is restful. The former book shows how health of body depends upon a right and wholesome attitude of mind. The latter deals with the attainment of the inward peace. We note the word desire is nearly always used where aspiration is meant, a matter not vital, but important.
Everybody's Astrology, and Four Lectures on Astrology by Alan Leo. Price 1s. each. L. N. Fowler & Co., Imperial Arcade, Ludgate Circus, London, E.C. Those who take an interest in one of the most ancient of studies, that of astrology, will find these two books attractive. The well-defined analyses of character contained in them we regard as of more value than the body of the subject itself. The author appeals to reason rather than to superstition, his favorite motto being, "The wise man rules his stars, the fool obeys them." Unlike most of the followers of the starry cult, he would therefore say with Cassius:—
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
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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.