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Reflections, A Little Book. Published at 18, Andover Road, Southsea. This is a wonderfully unique and pleasing "little book," both as regards appearance and contents. The opening piece, entitled "Existence and Purpose," is the work of a mind that has penetrated deeply into the mystery of life, The writer sees Good in everything, Purpose in everything; he says: "There is purpose in everything; in a man being born rich, in a man being born poor. From poverty have sprung some of our greatest men, and wealth makes man assume a responsibility he must assuredly give an answer for." And again, "Existence has its purpose, and man must tenaciously work it out. He must climb the steep ladder of life, stepping on his dead self as rungs to a loftier height; higher and higher, mounting up, a solid purpose in each step, he must look up and not down, and never think of giving in. God himself is at the top." There are other pieces in the book, and several short, optimistic poems by Frederick Regester, but it is the illustrations which render the book so unique—all these are by the editor, H. Pembroke Innes, and every one is a work of art.

Self-Cultivation, Its importance and Benefit, by R. Hedges Bates, Torbay Villa, Hockliffe Road, Leighton, Beds., is a small booklet of 18 pages, containing some helpful reading, and good ethical truth.

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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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