THE NEXT DAY by James A. Pike
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THE NEXT DAY

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This is in a sense a self-help book, though no easy solutions to problems are provided, for the author ""knows of none"". Rather, he says, he hopes that the reader can meet his problems better for having read the book, but he hopes even more ""that many will be led, through their problems, to the true source of all peace, health and joy"". In clear, concise and highly readable style, Dean Pike, of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, leads his readers through a logical procession of the steps to be taken in problem solving:- ""How to Deal with your Past""; ""How to Know Yourself""; ""How to Make Decisions""; and so on through many of the conditions and problems common to most men, to the two universal issues, ""How to Die"" and ""How to Face Life"". Although he uses familiar terms -- ""know yourself"" -- ""analyze the parts of the problem"", etc. he brings new freshness and meaning to them with apt descriptions that make the old words understandable and useful, perhaps, for some readers, for the first time. He stresses the need for love in human relations, and discusses fully the meaning and purposes of the three kinds man knows. Unmistakably he indicates that the withdrawn, unloving person dies alive as t were, and goes on to show the world through the relationships of family, marriage, the events of sickness, suffering, death, to faith and prayer and an identification with the source of all eace, love and mercy. This book offers strenuous mental and spiritual exercise to its readers, that each will find vastly rewarding. It should take the place of such popular sellers as trade erely on the easy ""outs"" because, while offering no easy answer, it leads the reader to the ability to find dependence on Another, and to an understanding of himself and the ways in which e may deal with his problems, provided he related them to himself and God.

Publisher: Doubleday