The Paradox of Pain: A Study In Spiritual Evolution, by F. T. S. Published by Elliot Stock and Son, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. This booklet of 56 pages is No. 2 of "The Higher Life" Series, No. 1 being "The Christian Life: A Study In Spiritual Evolution," formerly reviewed in these pages. The present booklet is an admirable treatise on the cause, meaning, and ultimate issue of pain. It is beautifully written, the author having a musical and poetical style which is likely to attract the reader to the subject dealt with, which subject, profound as it is, is presented in a manner so simple, concise and clear that the unprejudiced reader cannot fail to derive some help from its perusal. The hook is divided into a "Foreword," four chapters, and an "Afterword." The first chapter, "The Mystery of Pain," deals with the fact of the existence of pain, and leads the reader up to the statement of the truth that "The Solution to the Paradox of Pain is verily within ourselves." The second chapter, "The Eternal Law of Righteousness," treats of the origin of pain, how it rises in the violation, through ignorance, of the Eternal Law which is beneficent because absolutely just, and shows how the injustice which seems to obtain in the unequal distribution of pain is only "apparent? The writer sees that Law and Love are one, and that pain must inevitably follow on wrong thoughts and deeds because Love is at the Heart of things. He points to the self-made nature of suffering in the words, "It is our blind choosing that makes us suffer. It is because we believe selfishness is the Law of the Universe and not Love, we perish and die!" The third chapter, "Through Pain to Peace," shows how Pain, originating as it does within ourselves through violation of Law, can be transcended by comprehending and obeying the Law. And the fourth chapter, "The End of Pain," refers the reader to the truth that Pain is, "beyond the shadow of a doubt, a disease, a disorder in the Universal Harmony," that it can be completely cured and eradicated by the individual here and now, and that perfect bliss and peace can be secured. We cannot speak too highly of this booklet, Truth-seekers, and especially those whose souls are troubled and pain-stricken, should secure it. They will find it full of comfort and strength; and it will prove a valuable aid to them in their strivings and meditations.
Siftings and Aphorisms, by Arthur F. Milton, are two admirable pamphlets consisting of detached epigrammatic statements of truth. His sentences, many of which remind one of Emerson, are grouped methodically under various headings, a few of which are, "Cause and Effect," "Health," "Vice and Virtue," "Science," "Religion," "Politics," "Dietary." Some of the sentences do not extend beyond one line, but are laden with profound thought. Mr. Milton does not attempt to do his readers' thinking, but he stimulates them to think for themselves as few authors can. The pamphlets are published by A. F. Melchers, Charleston, S.C., U.S.A.
The New Crusade, by Godfrey Blount, B. A., published by the Simple Life Press, 5, Water Lane, Ludgate Hill, E.C., is a tract explanatory of a new religious body with a Socialistic basis, and which has social salvation for its object.
The Gospel of Simplicity, by Godfrey Blount, B. A., and The Well By the Way, by Elizabeth Gibson, published by the Simple Life Press, are Nos. 7 and 8 in The Simple Life Series of booklets. The former book, though it mentions, in passing, the necessity for personal simplification of character, yet deals almost entirely with national and social simplification. The latter consists of two hundred and ninety-five short original aphorisms, maxims, and pithy statements on life after the fashion of "The Proverbs of Solomon." Wisdom, love, and spiritual insight shine out from every one of the 39 pages of this book.
Man as he is and as he will be, by Miss Louie Stacey is an interesting pamphlet of 15 pages on the nature, responsibility, and destiny of man as an evolving being. It can be obtained from the Higher Thought Center, 10, Cheniston Gardens, Kensington. London, W.
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