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Spiritual and Material Attraction by Eugene Del Mar, published in Denver, U.S.A. The author, one of the leaders in the new spiritual movement in America, has, in this book, explained his conception of the underlying unity of the universe, both in its material and spiritual phases. He sees only one beneficent power immanent in all things, which admits of no duality, of no opposing evil power, all contrasts and apparent contradictions being manifestations and aspects of itself. He takes as his basis the revelations of modern science, and, dealing somewhat exhaustively with the phenomena of attraction and repulsion, gradually leads up to the ethical and philosophical principle involved. "Which," says the author, "is the loftier conception—that of the constant victory of the more violent of two battling forces, or the inevitable and perpetual reign of the most beneficial expression of the One Force?" Through all his metaphysics, the author never loses sight of the ethical nature of his task, and having led the reader up to the recognition of "Immutable Principles," he says,—"We are, indeed, in the loving care of principles that are immutable, and that are designed solely for our benefit and advantage. Nor can we escape from their operation. It is in our power to place ourselves in conscious harmony with them, and thus express a life of comparative peace and happiness; or we may put ourselves in opposition to the inevitable, with unpleasant results. We each determine our conscious relation to all that is. We express the exact degree of happiness we have earned." The book can be obtained from our office.

The History and Power of Mind, by Richard Ingalese, published in New York; European Agent; The Power Book Co., Wimbledon, London, S.W. The name of this author is a sufficient guarantee of the excellency of his work. The book under review is a magnificent work, and will prove a rich addition to the spiritual student's library. It consists of twelve powerful lectures dealing with a variety of phases of the mind of man, and the lecture on "The Art of Self-control" alone is infinitely more valuable than the mere money value of the book. In this Lecture, the author says:—"It goes without saying that no one can be truly great who has not the power of self-control. It does not matter how many virtues a man may have, if he allows himself to give way to paroxysms of anger and loses his self-control at critical moments, his greatness becomes largely diminished; neither can he become really successful in any chosen field or line of work unless he has first developed self-control." In view of the revival, in our day, of certain forms of superstition under the not easily defined term, "Occultism," the following words from the lecture on "Lesser Occult or Psychic Forces and their Dangers," are timely and of weighty importance:—"Let those who desire to push on their evolution take the attitude that they will not study psychic forces at all; that they will not look for a master in that realm of being; that they will begin work by building up character and by practicing what has been taught." Other lectures are:—"Hypnotism, and how to guard against it," "The Law of Re-embodiment," "Meditation, Creation and Concentration," etc.

Plastic Methods For Plastic Minds, by Mrs. Wm, Harbutt, published by Chapman and Hall, Ltd., London, and also sold by William Harbutt, A. R. C. A., Bathampton, Bath. The methods of educating children today are much more in harmony with the child nature than those which obtained formerly. The fact that childhood is the time for play is fully recognized, and children are now instructed by first being entertained and amused. This renders learning more effective, and makes it a delight. Mrs. Harbutt, in this book, shows how, with the aid of the wonderful, indestructible modeling clay, "Plasticine," the imaginative, artistic, constructive, and other faculties of the child can be rapidly developed, while at the same time affording a vast fund of amusement, and unlimited scope for that ingenuity in which children so delight. Those who have children in their charge should get the book. Its methods are made clear by thirty excellent illustrations.

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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.

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