This book is written from the point of view of the Anglican Church, and the author is doubtless (?) a clergyman of the Church of England. His concern is the duty of the priest as one who is called to direct his people in ""ascetic"", or the development of the spiritual life. ""The end of man,"" he says, ""is not purity of heart but the vision of God, and the best way to attain the former is by aiming purposefully at the latter."" This calls for Rule, discipline, struggle and penitence, and this can apply only to a few, for rigor is never popular. Yet the fact remains that the priest must be concerned for all, as is God the Creator of all. This deeply discerning book suggests ways in which pastoral practice may be turned God-ward without turning one's back on the many for whom this ideal is as yet unmeaning. Episcopal priests especially will find this book stimulating and arresting, though others too who are endeavoring to achieve as deep and as high a conception of their ministry as is humanly possible, will profit.