The Light of Reason
Edited by James Allen
Vol. VIII. December 1st, 1906 No. 12
Many and pressing duties have delayed the publication of "The Book of Instruction," but it is ready at last, and one will be sent to each Member, Associate-Member, and Supporter of the Order with his, or her, copy of the present issue of the Magazine. Should any, through some error, fail to receive one, they should communicate with us at once.
The Book of Instruction consists of a body of instructions based on the Book of Discipline, and is for Fellows of The Order only. And we would here request that those who have received a copy of the Book of Discipline, and (not having joined The Brotherhood) have failed to return it,—some after repeated applications on our part,—should do so at once, without putting us to further labor and expense, bearing in mind the conditions on which it was sent to them. These conditions are printed in bold type in The Book of Discipline itself, and special notice is drawn to them, and much needless expense and labor would be saved us, if all those who ask to see the book would faithfully observe this simple obligation.
The season of genial interchange of kindly expressions is with us again, and soon the mailbags will be heavy with their annual burden of presents passing to and from all parts of the world, reminding the recipients that thoughtful remembrance, kindness, and generosity are alive and strong in the hearts of men and women. Those of our readers who wish to send a book, which is beautiful without and within, as a seasonable gift to a friend, should look over the special list which we have drawn up on our first advertisement page and make their selection. Then when ordering, and remitting cost of book or books to us, (and this should not be left until too near the Christmas holidays), if they will enclose the name and address of the person to whom they wish the book sent, we will dispatch it on date requested, and will enclose an artistically-printed leaflet worded as follows:—
With Kind Thoughts & Happy Greetings
We will fill in the names of sender and recipient. Thus purchasers will save one postage, as well as expense and labor of wrapping, and the book will reach its destination quicker. One of our most artistic books is "All These Things Added” It has an original and beautiful design in gold on purple cover.
The great bulk of our subscriptions fall due at this time of the year, and it would help us very considerably if our Subscribers would take this as a reminder and send in their subscriptions to us for 1907 without any further notice. Each subscription will be acknowledged by a gift, from the Editor, of our new shilling book, entitled “Morning and Evening Thoughts.” We again appeal to our many readers to become direct subscribers for the journal; it will cost you nothing for postage, and you receive, in addition, the Editor’s gift. In response to our appeal in July a large number subscribed, and received a free copy of "As a Man Thinketh." We would draw attention to the fact that all subscriptions, whether renewals or new subscribers, will be acknowledged by the Editor’s gift. Those also who sent subscriptions during October and November will receive a copy of the book as soon as it is ready, which, we trust, will be early in December.
Already some of our readers have intimated their intention of using our new book—"Morning and Evening Thoughts"—in place of the usual Christmas card. We mention this as a suggestion to our Readers, and shall be pleased to send out any number with the printed slip previously mentioned. It will greatly help us if intending purchasers will send in their orders early.
We shall put forward every effort, during the coming year, to make The Light of Reason more edifying and instructive than ever before, It exists to purify, strengthen, and uplift; it aims to arouse the indifferent, to encourage the weak, and to give rest to the weary; and in these respects we shall do our utmost to adorn its pages with such words of Truth as shall find lodgment in those hearts that are waiting for them. And those who have attained, or have partly attained, the noble life which we inculcate, will help us with their written thoughts, the ripe results of their experience.
—William Ellery Channing
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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.