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We quote this, not merely on account of the flattering mention of this magazine for which we may surely be pardoned a slight feeling of satisfaction, but also to remind our readers that religious reading is welcomed by our soldiers at the Front, and that therefore it would be well to send them our church periodicals when we can. Probably at no time in their lives have they been so ready to read books and periodical literature dealing seriously with religious and spiritual matters.

BOOK REVIEW

The Experiment of Faith. Rt. Rev. Chas. Fiske, D.D., LL.D. Fleming H. Revell Co., 1918.

The sub-title of Bishop Fiske's latest book, is "A Plea for Reality in Religion," which is an apt and concise definition of its content. Obedience to revealed truth and a whole-hearted acceptance of the whole doctrine of God as revealed in Christ form the subject matter which is treated in the author's characteristic, straightforward way. Like its immediate predecessor, Back to Christ, Bishop Fiske has caught the right note of appeal to the "average layman," but this little book has a certain very evident value beyond that. It might with great profit be included in a list of the ten best books on workable religion (of which at least three would be by the Rev. Walter Carey) produced within the past five years or so, and resented to a newly ordained clergyman to saturate himself with on his Summer vacation before beginning serious work in the Autumn.

Bishop Fiske seems capable of turning out a great deal of useful work in a short time, a faculty which has characterized several other notable busy Bishops, of whom, Mandell Creighton probably heads the list.

The book is very well made and of handy size. There is a sustained note of fresh joyousness running through it for the lack of which many otherwise excellent similar books have failed. It is to be hoped that the book will have a wide sale among the laity of all Christian creeds.

H. S. W.

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