In going through the books written by James Allen, to cull from them these Morning and Evening Thoughts, I have felt over and over again the force of the truth contained in every page; and knowing, as I do, the writer as no one else knows him; seeing him as I have, for many years under all circumstances, in the hours of work and leisure, in the days of joy and sorrow, in the sunshine and in the cloud, I know that these writings are not the words of an idle brain nor are they gathered from other writings, nor picked up here and there, but they are the deep experiences of his own heart, and were ﬁrst lived and then written. Therefore I send forth this little book, knowing it cannot fail on its mission—knowing it is alive because it has been lived—and am conﬁdent that those who use it for daily meditation must feel its power and realize its blessing, because it is the actual experience of a life.
—Lily L. Allen
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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.