Here is a wide range of not-so-random thoughts on the significance of the life of the Christian layman in his parish, community and world, though the clergyman and his professional work come in for a good share of acute understanding of their proper work. Peter Day, the author, is editor of The Living Church, an Episcopal Weekly, and the direction of his thinking is influenced by his convictions about the nature of the church and the centrality of the Holy Eucharist as the heart of the matter; but non-Episcopalians would be ill-advised to avoid this book as mere propaganda for the Prayer Book people. Most of what he says applies to the ""faith and the foibles of all Christians alike, -- and though he disclaims competence as a theologian, many clergy who read and heed this extremely literate collection of essays for and about the ordinary Christian may end up by losing some of the fogginess of their own theological thinking. There are eight main sections of the book (1) Rediscovering the Laity, (2) What's Wrong With the World, (3) What's Wrong with the Parish, (4) Rediscovering the Gospel, (5) Rediscovering Eschatology, (6) Activism and Action, (7) Redefining Christian Social Relations, (8) Encountering the Cross. This is the Seabury Lenten Book for 1960.