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Science and the Soul, and What is Man? by Allen Clarke, and published by C. W. Daniel, 3, Amen Corner, London, E. C., are two books dealing with the problems of life and the universe. The former book is almost entirely controversial, and consists of contradictions of Haeckel's philosophical theories; the latter is more ethical in its character, and is a lucid and thought-provoking treatise on human life. The author describes it as "An attempt to explain man's place and Purpose in the Universe." In the chapter on "The Power of Thought" there are lengthy quotations from Mrs. Besant's 'Thought-power; its Control and Culture,' and also from 'As a Man Thinketh.' A serious misquotation from the latter book might profitably be corrected in future editions. I quote the following from the chapter entitled 'The Meaning of this Earthly Life,'—"Compassion does not argue; Compassion does not ask suspicious questions; Com- passion does not spend time in discussing whether this hypothesis or that be the better;... Compassion loves and manifests its love." The subject of Reincarnation is dealt with ably and at some length—but the book should be read, and it is worth a serious reading.

Introspective Essays, by Grace A. Murray, published by Elliot Stock. A book of musings, poetically expressed, on the inner things of the human heart, this volume will appeal to the imaginative mind. It is beautified with an allegorical frontispiece, and is well printed and artistically bound.

Hither and Yonder, by D. Kaess, published by Edward Howell, Liverpool, is a book of gentle and simple poems, chiefly in the rhymed couplet meter, on unselfishness and duty.

Life's Golden Thread, by Thomas Folliott, published by A. C. Fifield, 44, Fleet Street, London, E C.. This is a book of short poems arranged under the four heads—1. A Renunciation; 2. The Gift of Sound; 3, Poland; and 4. The Spirit of Love.

Faith which is not Belief, by Louie Stacey, published by Stead, Danby and Co., 4, Kensington High Street, London, is a little book elucidating the nature of Faith.

Jacob Boehme, by W. P. Swainson, published by C.W. Daniel, is No. 5 of the 'Christian Mystics' Series. There are go pages of closely printed matter in which the life and works of the saintly philosopher are beautifully expounded. buy now sm

Madame Guyon, by W. P. Swainson, is No. 4 in the series mentioned above.

Miracle and Law, A Scientific Study in Religion, by H. Tuckwell, published by L. N. Fowler and Co., 7, Imperial Arcade, Ludgate Circus, London, E. C.. This booklet is an extension of the author's, "Miracle and Law," which appeared in volume VI of the Light of Reason.

Mind-Concentration, and How to Practice it, by K. T. Anderson, and Soul-Culture, by R. Dimsdale Stocker, are two more books published by L. N. Fowler and Co.

The Higher Love, by George Barlow, published by Arthur C. Fifield, 44, Fleet Street London, E. C. "A Plea for a Nobler Conception of Human Love," is the sub-title of this booklet. The author quotes freely from the poets. Buy The Higher Love

Love's Chaplet, by Mabel Collins, published by the Theosophical Publishing Society, 161, New Bond Street, London, W. This is an artistically produced book, of pocket size, suitable for presentation. It deals with the subject of Love from a mystical point of view. Buy Love's Chaplet

We have also received copies of popular editions of Maxim Gorky's Three of Them Buy Three of Them, and Olive Schriener's Trooper Peter Halkett of Mashonaland Buy Trooper Peter Halkert. They are published by T. Fisher Unwin, 11, Paternoster Buildings, London, E.C.

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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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