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The Light of Reason
January 1905
Published Monthly
Edited by James Allen

Vol. VII. January 2nd, 1905 No. 1

A blessed New Year to all our readers! With the present issue our Magazine enters upon its fourth year and seventh volume. During the three years of its existence it has quietly found its way into the homes and lives of those to whom its teaching and mission appeals, until, today, it numbers many thousands of interested and earnest readers.

The kindly letters which, day by day, reach us from our readers, assure us of the work that is being done, and reveal to us how the spiritual seeds which we are scattering upon the wind, are borne to hidden and unknown places where, falling, they germinate and bear fruit. Sometimes a letter reaches us from a remote region of the earth, and then we rejoice in that sympathy which spans the world and spurns the bounds of space.

Hitherto the spiritual and Editorial work only have been in the hands of the Editor; the business portion having been conducted entirely by the Savoy Publishing Company, but now the Editor having undertaken the whole responsibility of the publication and its work, all communications, subscriptions, orders for books, etc. must be sent to him, and all matters connected with the journal will come under his direct control and supervision.

As the Magazine is now to be a self-supporting organ, every one of our readers will be (more than ever before) a helper in its spiritual work, and a cooperator in its welfare. In view of this, we trust each one will endeavor to make known the journal and spread its work with increased interest and renewed zeal.

There is one initial and simple plan by adopting which our readers can be of great service, and that is—by sending their subscription for the Magazine direct to us. This would not only help us financially, it would also bring us in direct contact with our friends. Many subscriptions fall due at this time of year, and by renewing without further notice, friends will greatly facilitate matters for us.

Some changes will be noted in the Magazine, both in its subject matter and appearance.

Our object in printing it on thinner paper is to bring twelve numbers (instead of six as before) within the covers of one volume, and at the same time keep its weight well within the postal limit.

We shall now give more prominence in the Magazine, to the work of our "Groups," and we propose to insert (commencing with our next issue) a list of the names and addresses of Secretaries, for the benefit and guidance of inquiring readers. We will also publish, each month, a list of "Events" which are to take place during the month. This will consist of notices of meetings, the dates, places, and times of such meetings, and titles of subjects to be dealt with, etc. In order to enable us to do this, will the Secretary of each group kindly send in to us, not later than the 7th of each month, a list of events which are to take place in the following month? Thus, for publication in the February issue, the list must reach us by January 7th.

Particulars of the Editor's proposed tour in February will be published next month. He will visit London near the end of January. Up to the time of going to press, requests have reached him for visits to London, Nottingham, Mansfield, Liverpool, Kidderminster and Bolton, but dates are not yet fixed, and other requests will doubtless arrive.

Two friends, in requesting the visit, asked if they might pay the Editor's travelling expenses. When such are offered, they will be gladly accepted, as it would enable him to extend his labors in this direction. Those who are willing to offer him hospitality during his brief visit to their town, should communicate with him to that effect.

We tender our thanks to those friends who responded to the appeal in our December issue by sending for Subscription Forms to distribute among their friends.

New developments are presenting themselves in our work, and we are now entering upon a time of greater activity and increased usefulness. The sterile places are plowed and the sower is ready.

The greatest understandings doubt most, are readiest to learn, and least pleased with themselves.
For though they stand on higher ground, and see further than their neighbors, they are yet humbled by their prospect,
since it shows them something so much higher and above their reach.
—William Penn
Bring the lever of kindly thoughts to aid in raising fallen humanity.
Go to the slaves of evil habits with the thoughts in your mind of the possible freedom for them.
Take the torch of hope to those who sit in the darkness of despair.
Think only helpful thoughts.
Live in the light of the rays of the great Father's Love, which streams down upon all mankind.
—G. W. Thompson

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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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