Women in the Business World, by One of Them. Thousands of well-educated women are, today, living in a state bordering on indigence. Such a condition ought not to be, and, moreover, need not be. The tendency of women is to look to outside things for their support and happiness, and to blame outside conditions for their misery and misfortune, which state of mind tends to weakness of character, leading, as it does, to entire dependence on others and on circumstances. Emancipation from misery and wretchedness lies in the persistent and steady development of one's inner resources, and in relying upon these resources. Of the 318 well-filled pages which make up this book, self-reliance and self-development are strenuously inculcated. Business as it may be engaged in by women is dealt with from almost every possible point of view, and we are glad to note that the higher ethical aspect of business is by no means the least significant feature in the book. It is preeminently practical, and should prove of the greatest value to struggling women for whom it is specially written. Nearly every page contains advice of the most valuable kind, and the various business avenues open to women, and the ways by which to approach and enter them, are considered, and the entire world of business is dealt with in an intelligent, original and entertaining manner.
The Esoteric Art of Living, by Joseph Stewart, L.L.M. This is a scientific and practical work, by a thoughtful and able writer, on the mastery of self, and the attainment of Spiritual knowledge. The work of this writer is distinctively original, being unlike that of any other, and the practical methods which he advises are evidently based on his own experience, which gives them increased value and weight. He believes that all possibilities are in the soul of the individual, and can only be evolved by self-effort, and that every individual should so meditate and live as to mould and utilize environment, instead of succumbing to and being dominated by it. He says, "Man must become a conscious creator. H e must realize that his powers for good or ill are far-reaching, that whatever else others may do or be, his conscious universe will be made for and by himself. He must learn something of the potential powers of his soul—what natural means he is using daily to weave the web of life around him, and how they may be so used as to lift him into a higher condition instead of fettering him. Hence, the key of the life and the art of living are expressed in the words Mastery and Attainment." The book is specially adapted for those who are prepared to pass through discipline to strength and peace.
The Century of Sir Thomas More, by B. O. Flower. This is a handsome volume of over 290 pages, printed on exceptionally good paper in bold, clear type, and with an illuminated design on the cover. The contents will prove exceedingly instructive and fascinating to the lover of history, and particularly to those who are attracted to the study of national progress in art, literature, and religion. The book reads more like a story than a review of a portion of European history, and the beauty and value of the book are enhanced by portrait representations of no less than eighteen of the shining lights of the Renaissance and Reformation, amongst whom are Erasmus, Savonarola, Titian, Raphael, Columbus, and Sir Thomas More.
The Gospel of Divine Humanity by W. Farquhar. Published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. In his "Reminiscence," which precedes the body of this book, the Rev. G. W. Allen introduces us to its author, "A little old man in a brown wig, who attended the morning services regularly," and who was "living in a single room in Shepherdess Walk." Such is the sketch, briefly but graphically outlined, that we are given of J. W. Farquhar, the man who, whilst shrinking from popularity, and studying to avoid notice, did much to mould and shape the minds of some of the most prominent of living theologians and literati. In the book under notice, he has given to the world the kernel of his mystical philosophy, worked out in the obscurity of a London garret, and whilst living on the barest necessities of life. The essential divinity of Humanity is the corner-stone of the work which has a pre-eminently Christian basis, but so profound is the work, and so interdependent are all its parts, that to quote from it could give no possible idea of nature. It is a book which the student of Christian mysticism or contemporaneous theology should not neglect to read.
Toward Unity, by J. Tyssul Davis, B.A. Published by Philip Green, 5, Essex Street, Strand, London, W.C. In this ably written pamphlet of 56 pages, the author lays down scientific, metaphysical, and theological "grounds for reconciliation between Theist and Agnostic, Unitarian and Trinitarian, Protestant and Catholic, Spiritualist and Materialist." His statements are broad and charitable, and he considers all sides with equal fairness and dispassion. He does not wish that all men should think alike, but looks for unity in diversity, and dreams of fellowship of heart along with intellectual differences. The pamphlet is well worthy a careful study.
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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.