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My Change of Mind, by Mrs. Atkey. Published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E,C. The sub-title of this book, "A Story of the Power of Faith," aptly characterizes the book, for it is a story designed to show the necessity for the exercise of Faith in the ordinary affairs of life, but it deals almost entirely with Faith in its application to the obtaining of material things, and the whole story is made to subserve this underlying purpose. The book is highly emotional, and deals with passive states of mind rather than with active principles. Written by a woman, it is pre-eminently a book for women, and will doubtless prove helpful to many. Apart from its purpose, the story itself is interesting.

The Ethic of Christianity, by the Rev. R. W. Corbet, M.A. Elliot Stock, 62, Patemoster Row, London. In this able pamphlet of sixteen pages, the writer gives a remarkably clear exposition of the fundamental Ethic of the teaching of Jesus. Almost at the commencement, he distinguishes between the ethic of Christ and that of Ecclesiasticism, and he then proceeds to philosophically expound the Ideal Love as it is expressed in and by Jesus, and as the ultimate state of entire Humanity. He sees Humanity evolving, by stress of its own inner life, toward glory, and power, and perfection, and concludes with these words; "Each man and all will ultimately become Divine sages, endowed with Divine power in the true wisdom and the true power of Divine Love."

Man, The Reformer, published by The Simple Life Press, 5, Water Lane, London, E.C., is a reprint of one of the grandest of Emerson's lectures, and there is included with it a portion of another of his lectures, entitled, Reforms and Reformers, as well as an extract from "The Over-Soul." In these utterances of Emerson, the prophetic character of the man stands out prominently, and great as is his eloquence and profound his philosophy, they cannot parallel his prophetic insight which throws around his almost every sentence a transcendent light. The book is printed on excellent paper and in bold, readable type.

True and False Life, of the same series as the above, is a reprint of the central chapters of Tolstoy's Gospel in Brief.

The Shambles of Science, by Lizzy Lind Af Hageby and Leisa K. Schastan. 206 pages, paper covered. Published by Ernest Bell, 6, York Street, Covent Garden, London. This is a work against Vivisection, its object being to hasten the elimination of cruelty from Physiological Research.

Emerson and Modern Thought, by Charles Cattell, is an admirable brochure on some of the more salient points in Emerson's teachings, and should be read by all who are interested in Emerson, or who contemplate entering upon the study of his works. The subject matter of the pamphlet is divided and arranged under various headings, some of which are—"The Bacon-Shakespeare Craze," "Science and Philosophy," "Skepticism," "Religion," and Emerson's attitude of mind in these directions is intelligently dealt with, and quotations from his writings are frequently interspersed. It is published by the writer, at "Emerson," Pokesdown, Hants.

Unity and Variety in Religion, by Wilfred Viner. Price not given. Published by Williams and Norgate, 14, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C. In this cloth-bound book of thirty-three pages, the author gives expression to many beautiful thoughts based upon broad principles. He holds up a lofty ideal of religious unity, and although he unconsciously violates this perfect unity by stating that his particular religion is higher, ethically, than all others, he has so far advanced towards it as to be able to say—"The day is coming when the cry will no longer be There is but one True Religion—the Christian—and all others are false, for all will soon discover a rallying point in the proclamation that All Religions are One! "

Songs for the Right, by James Wilfred Cryer. Price not given. Published by A. Blackshaw and Sons, School Hill Mills, Bolton. There are some sweet little poems in this paper-covered booklet of thirty-six pages. The author nowhere aims at profundity of thought, music and emotion being the predominant features of his poetry. Several of the pieces are real gems of musically expressed feeling. One of these, "Why do We Wait?" is printed on another page of this journal.

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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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