To make the spiritual life understandable and feasible as a necessary pattern of living for laymen is no easy task, as several failures of the current book season have demonstrated. Here, however, Father Higgins, a gifted and popular lecturer and orator, succeeds. He has managed to ""press"" into print the ""best wine"" from his over fifty years in the vineyard as preacher and director of souls. His easy-to-read chapters include discussions of the dignity of man, strength of character, beauty of compassion, the virtues, the problem of pain, the power of prayer and other key areas. The expositions are enriched with apt quotations. Pertinent examples abound and lend further reality to the positive suggestions for readers to apply to their own personal living habits in order more perfectly to imitate Christ and His Blessed Mother. The book will be welcomed by the many laymen who would find masters of the spiritual life such as Carrigou-Lagrange too advanced and possibly impossible to read. In Is Pilgrims and Strangers Father Higgins will be providing in this, his first book, an inspirational legacy from which layman will be able to draw benefits as they live with the preoccupations of the world while learning what they must do to save their souls.