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and expand a bit to meet the ever-expanding love of God. Let me stand in the market place with the physical culturists and demand, as they demand, fifteen minutes of your time every day for two months. . . . You will find yourself in a friendly universe, where religion will no longer be a thing to be believed or disbelieved, a thing to be worn or cast off, but where religion will be a part of life as blood is a part of the body."
"Poetry from the Bible" (Dial), edited by Lincoln MacVeagh, contains "the most beautiful and famous passages of Biblical poetry from the Riddle of Lamech and the Songs of Moses and Deborah to the Canticles of Saint Luke". The text followed is, in the main, that of the Revised Version. It is in verse form and is presented in one of those convenient little volumes which seem to make poetry more intimate be.
as it should
"The Revelation of Man" (William S. Rhode Co.) by Jutta Bell-Ranske is produced under the auspices of the Progressive Forum. The author in his foreword says, "It is ignorance of the fundamental laws of life that is at the root of all evil . . . through careful analysis of his own conditions, man shall be forced to realize that his physical body is but the medium of an inner self that demands an entirely changed attitude of life. . . it is consequently essential that he should begin to turn his attention to the invisible source which is the means of his re-enforcement." There are twenty seven chapters dealing with "The New Consciousness", "The Electrons of the Body", "The Nervous System", "Psychology and Its Limitations", "The Battle Fields of Life", "Religion", "The Meaning of Christianity", with other chapters leading up to "The Revelation of St. John with the Key to the Apocalypse".
Further treasures of Jewish literature, made available through the Schiff Library of Jewish Classics, come to us in the second volume of this series. In this volume, selections of the religious and secular poetry of Jehudah Halevi, one of the greatest Jewish poets, have been translated by Nina Salaman, a dis
tinguished translator of Hebrew poetry, whose previous translations have been done under her maiden name of Nina Davis. "Selected Poems of Jehudah Halevi" (Jewish Publication Society of America) includes the Hebrew text and the translation on opposite pages. There are four divisions: "The Journey to Zion"; "Love and Bridal Songs"; "Poems of Friendship"; "Devotional Poems".
There is startling truth in "Empty Churches" (Century) by Charles Josiah Galpin; truth which is not pleasant to read; truth about the money spent to keep competing churches alive; about the great areas without churches; about the changes in rural life affecting church attendance and church maintenance; about the pastor's pittance salary; about many things which few of us realize but which have great significance for this country's future. "More than four million farm children in America are virtual pagans. . . . In one seventh of our rural communities there are no churches at all.” The book is a scientific and sympathetic analysis of the forces which are emptying our churches and of the remedies which will fill them again. It should be read by everybody who can buy or borrow a copy and who is in any way interested in the America of tomorrow.
A drama in four episodes taken from the life of the first translator of the Bible into English is "Tyndale" (Century) by Parker Hord. The book is dedicated to the four hundredth anniversary of the first printing of the New Testament in English (1525– 1925). The drama deals with the interesting characters and events surrounding William Tyndale and his translation.
The injunction to "Cheer up" often has the opposite effect, but it is not unlikely that "The Patient's Book" (Catholic Hospital Association) by Edward F. Garesché, S. J., M.A., LL.B., will prove helpful in its "thoughts of cheer, consolation, encouragement and information for the sick especially in hospitals". It is a small, clear type volume, which admirably fits its purpose.
– W. J. C.
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