How We Master Our Fate, by Ursula N. Gestefeld. Published by the Exodus Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill., U.S.A., cloth bound. Mrs. Gestefeld is one of the most intellectual and refined of American Metaphysical writers. In this book there is much close consecutiveness of thought, and the ideas are worked out clearly and logically. She constantly introduces some simple simile, and applys it patiently in all its parts, in order to aid the reader in his reasoning. Every one of the twenty-five chapters is a book in itself, and is full of food for thought; and all the chapters combined circle round the one grand, central idea that man is, as soon as he realizes it, a creative Master, and the governor of Fate. The book is studded with beautiful thoughts, and is rich in helpful suggestions. The shortest chapter in the book and the best is "The Way To Happiness," the following short sentence from which will convey some idea of the quality and purpose of the book:—"How is dominion shown? By getting for yourself what someone else has? Or by proving yourself able to do without it?"
The Breath of Life, by Ursula N. Gestefeld, Exodus Publishing Co., is a dainty little cloth-bound book of 63 pages. It consists of nineteen spiritually inspired pieces which are designed as aids to meditation and the accomplishment of strength and peace of mind. Weary, doubting, truth-seeking souls will find them sweet and restful. The titles of some of the pieces are as follows:—"Where There Is Fear of Death," "Where There Is Fear of Failure In Business," "Where There Is Proneness To Anger," "Where There Is Tendency To Self-depreciation," "Where There Is Need For Patience?
The Heart of the New Thought, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, cloth bound. Mrs. Wilcox has been called "The greatest American living poet," and as a spiritual writer she certainly stands alone. This book is marked by great purity of diction and sublime elevation of thought, and as an exponent of Righteousness and the true way to blessedness and noble achievement, it is simplicity itself. She deals, throughout, with the common everyday experiences of the individual, applying them to great, underlying principles, in language so simple and uninvolved that a child could understand her. Amongst other things she deals with "Old Clothes," "Obstacles," " Morning Influence," "Literature," "Dividends," "Heredity," "The Importance of Trifles," "Eternity," "Woman's Opportunity." We quote the following from the chapter on "Self-Conquest," as typical of the book:—"The man who wishes to control circumstances must love better things than money before he can succeed. He must love, and respect, and believe in his Creator, and trust the Divine Man with himself, and he must illustrate this love and trust by his daily conduct, and in his home circle, and in his business relations." This book can be ordered from the Savoy Publishing Co.
My Search For Truth, And What I Found, by J. Horton. Published by Williams and Norgate, 14 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London. Cloth bound. We cannot too earnestly recommend this book to those who, having lost faith in a long-cherished formal creed, are searching for the hidden spring of Truth. The author relates how, through the loss of one whom she loved "dearer than life itself" and who died outside her own particular religious belief, she was driven, by great suffering, to look for a broader charity and a wider hope; and this she found, and with it that deep and abiding comfort from which she was shut out in her former creed. In addition to her own spiritual experiences, the author takes us through her meditations and reasonings on such subjects as "Law and Life," "What Is Man?" "The Human Problem," "Life and Death," etc. Altogether it is an earnest, able, and powerful book.
Initiation Into God's Holy City of Light, by Virtuzia. Published at the Temple of Truth, 506 North Central Avenue, Austin Station, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. Printed on deckledge linen paper, and containing portrait of the author. This is a poem of singular spiritual beauty, full of saintly strength and peace, and will prove of great aid to those who are seeking the Way of Truth.
Satisfying Love; or, What Love Really Is, by Louie Stacey, M.R.B.N.A., can be obtained from the Higher Thought Center, 10 Cheniston Gardens, Kensington, London, W. This is a happy little treatise on Love, and what Love can accomplish in and for the individual. It deals largely with Love as the informing Principle in all true success.
The Law of Expression, by Alma Gillen, W. Isacke, 211 Edgware Road, London, W., is a brief metaphysical exposition of thought-phenomena which will prove helpful to some as an incentive to more systematic thinking.
The Secret of the Cross; or, How Did Christ Atone? by J. Garnier, in stiff boards, Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, London, E.C., is preeminently a work for the earnest Churchman and Ritualist, to whom it will no doubt forcibly appeal. It is an exposition of Apostolic Doctrine, and of the Doctrine of The Atonement.
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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.