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The Seven Creative Principles, by Hiram Erastus Butler, published by the Esoteric Fraternity, Applegate, California, U.S.A. Mr. Butler is pre-eminently a mystic, but his mysticism is sane and wholesome, for he is nothing if not practical. In this work of nine chapters, or "Lectures," he deals first with "The Idea of God" as contained in, or expressed by, the various names throughout the world which signify God: this constitutes the first chapter. The seven succeeding chapters are devoted to the expounding of the "Seven Creative Principles" which are the basis and cause of visible nature, and the last chapter explains "The Esoteric Significance of Colors." The Seven Principles laid down are:—1. Force; 2. Discrimination; 3. Order; 4. Cohesion; 5. Fermentation; 6. Transmutation; and 7. Sensation. The combined working of these Principles in physical, or what are called "created" things, is clearly and elaborately described; but the principal object of the book (and herein lies its great value) is to show the reader the necessity of guiding, controlling, and utilizing these Principles within himself, and so attain to a pure and perfect manhood or womanhood, to wisdom and the mastery of self. According to the author, all men in their natural state are subject to these Seven Principles, and that the way to wisdom, power, and conscious immortality is to cease to be their passive subject or slave, and to become their master. This being done, the Seven Principles, in their order already named, are converted, in the consciousness and life of their master, to the following seven spiritual realities:—1. Power; 2. Riches; 3. Wisdom; 4. Strength; 5. Honor; 6. Glory; and 7. Blessing. Thus the work takes the form of a textbook on self-mastery, but one which is so original in the presentation of its subject, so comprehensive and profound in its range of ideas, and so systematic and scientific in its manner of classification as to render it unique. In the chapter on "Discrimination" (the best in the book) the author says,—"We have reasons now to believe that there are a great many people who have become so unfolded in their interior or higher nature that they are ready and anxious to let go of this lower nature—this lower condition of life—and step upon a higher plane of being." This well expresses the tone of the book; it is a work for the thoughtful and intelligent student of all that is highest, purest, and best in life, and to such it will prove almost invaluable. Prefixed to each chapter is a colored plate illustrative of the "Creative Principles." The book also contains a full-page portrait of the author. It is well printed in bold type on good paper, and is a book which every deep student of the higher life should possess.

Practical Methods to Insure Success, by Hiram E. Butler (The Esoteric Fraternity), lays down, in the course of eight lessons, definite rules and instructions for the regeneration of one's self. It is a book for all, and does not require a student or scholar to grasp its meaning and carry out its instructions. It is just the book for those who are anxious to tread a higher path in life than heretofore and to enter upon the way of wisdom.

Special Instructions for Women, by Hiram E. Butler, is, as its title implies, a book for women. It contains valuable advice on matters vital to the sex.

Pro Patria, by Charles William Stubbs, D.D., Dean of Ely, published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. This is a book of twelve sermons delivered "on special occasions in England and America." To us, the most valuable sermon in this book is the one entitled "A Thanksgiving for Shakespeare," in which our great dramatist is regarded as "a national prophet."

Sir William Crooke's Researches into the Phenomena of Modern Spiritualism, published by the "Two Worlds" Publishing Company, Limited, 10, Corporation Street, Manchester, is a book which its title fully explains.

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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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