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Dominion and Power, by Charles Brodie Patterson. Lovers of Patterson's books will find this work one of the best products of his genius, probably the best. It deals with a wide variety of subjects, all of which have a direct bearing on individual life and character, and upon man's social, spiritual and intellectual relations. The language is simple, clear and uninvolved. The process of the development of power in every part of man's being is dealt with in a variety of aspects, and man's high position as an integral part of the creative power inherent in the universe is never lost sight of.

The Will to be Well by Charles Brodie Patterson, is a powerful work on the spiritual and mental laws, and their bearing on health and holiness. For the physically weakly, for the mentally doubting, and those lacking strength of will and self-reliance, it will prove a most helpful and inspiring companion.

How to Control Circumstances, by Ursula N. Gestefeld. The Exodus Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. One of the ablest of the new School of ethical writers, Mrs. Gestefeld has given, in this book, an excellent treatise on the mental and spiritual means to be employed in wisely controlling and regulating one's life and circumstances. The author's style of writing and method of presenting her subject is original and fascinating, there being a striking mixture of elaboration and epigrammatization in the presentment of her ideas. The value of the work, however, lies in its intense practicality.

Spiritual Evolution or Regeneration, by R. C. Douglass, is a profound work, the first part of which is an exposition of Biblical symbology in its spiritual application to man's individual evolution; the "six days" of creation being regarded and utilized as symbolical of six progressive awakenings or revelations in the mind and consciousness of man, the last being his conscious entrance into pure Goodness and Truth. The second part of the book deals with the "Christ Symbology" under the form of "Seven Steps," which are seven spiritual unfoldments in consciousness. In the Preface the writer calls his book "Lessons in practical Christian metaphysics"; but though a metaphysical work, it is unique in its interpretation of the deepest problems affecting the soul. Every one of the 350 pages is attractive.

God's Image In Man, by Henry Wood. The author has given as the sub-title of this book, "Some Intuitive Perceptions of Truth." He claims no authority for it other than that of the intuitive perceptions of his own soul, and the responsive vision in the minds of sympathetic readers. In all his arguments he is gentle and persuasive, yet at the same time his logic is forcible and convincing. Present-day problems concerning God, the Bible, Evolution and the dual nature of man, are examined and discoursed upon with scholarly vigor and unabated eloquence.

Evil Not Everlasting, by the Rev. Osmond Dobrée, M.A. Published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. Tracts and pamphlets written for the purpose of trying to prove or disprove the eternal nature of evil and punishment are constantly appearing. The greater number of them manifest an unphilosophical bias, and many writers approach this subject in a defensive rather than an inquiring spirit. Not so, however, the author of this treatise, who examines, questions, and analyses with a dispassionate but nevertheless fervent spirit. He does not approach his subject primarily, but through the medium of the Bible, and, by copious quotations there from, interspersed with frequent references to, and explanations of, the Greek Text, he clearly affirms that the entire teaching of both Old and New Testaments upon this subject is that Evil is but for a time, and that God endures forever. We cannot too highly commend the book to all those who are interested in the subject of Evil from the theological or Biblical stand-point.

The Christian Life: a Study in Spiritual Evolution, by F. T. S. may be obtained of the author at 53, Imperial Buildings, Main Street, Mexboro'. This is a delightful little volume explanatory of Christian Doctrines from the mystical, ethical and evolutionary standpoints. The author is particularly free from prejudice, his object being not to win men to any set of theories and opinions, but to help them in the solution of life's difficulties and problems. He is always sympathetic, and writes rather as one who knows and understands than as one who speculates.

Memory Culture, by William Walker Atkinson. The Psychic Research Company, Temple Chambers, Temple Avenue, London, E.C. This is a decidedly practical work on the cultivation of memory. It is racially written, is systematic in its methods, and the exercises which it advises are simple and admirable. It is tastefully bound.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Published by the Simple Life Press, 5, Water Lane, Ludgate Hill, London, E.C. In this well-printed booklet, Fitzgerald's fascinating translation of the old Persian poem is placed within the reach of the poorest. It is preceded by the translator's introduction to the First Edition, and the life of Omar Khayyam. We have also received from the same Publishers: On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by H. D. Thoreau. Even as you and I, by Bolton Hall, and Tolstoy and his Message, by E. H. Crosby. The publication of classical and influential works at such popular prices is commendable, especially when the printer's work is so excellent in quality as it is in these books.

Shafts of Satire and Symbolism, by H. Pembroke Innes. Published by W. H. Broome, 15, Holborn, London. This is a Book of Drawings which should be in the hands of every artist. We are not art critics, but we see genius in the work here presented. Behind the pencil work, which is of a very high order, there appears the perspicacity of a penetrating and percipient mind. The Satire does not appeal to us, but the Symbolism, especially in such pictures as "The Cloud or the Hour of Trial," "An Epitaph," "The Philosopher," and "The Alchemist," is very beautiful.

Sevastopol and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy, and translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. Grant Richards, 48, Leicester Square, London, will interest those who are attracted to Tolstoy's writings.


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