A new collection of lively letters selected from ford popular column in the Christian Century where he writes under the name of Stylites, the ancient ascetic who sought refuge from the world on the top of a pillar. Dr. , however, while he observes the world with a critical, kindly and eye, makes you know from his very first page that his wide knowledge of the facts and of human experience have come to him from living close to people and loving them, and that in spite of the fact that his past for over a quarter of a century as a professor at the Yale Divinity School might have provided a most exclusive and remote ivory tower. Each of his letters is a delight. He believes that ""life need not be the blindman's buff we make it. He exhorts his readers to need more carefully the pageant of life as it passes. This is an admirable gift book which should prove more appropriate and acceptable as a Christmas gift than the average choice.