Dr. Hocking has long been one of America's great philosophers; some years ago (1937) as published his Thoughts on Death and Life, and put many readers gladly in his debt for the wisdom and hope which he shared with them. Now he continues to share his deep thoughts with us, and gives us a larger book which is really a study of life, for, he says, the meaning of Life and the meaning of death are inseparable. His purpose is ""to disturb customary attitudes about immortality) in an effort to see afresh the nature of the question, to estimate its importance or unimportance, to get once more its original impact on the mind of the self-conscious creature in the hope of arriving at a clearer total conception of what is significant and what is possible"". The reader must not relax, hoping for soothing reassurances, but his close attention will be rewarded by a growing sense of more significant possibilities in his own life than he had dreamed of. A book to be recommended without reservation to those who are serious about the meaning of life and are not afraid of the depths of creative (not positive) thinking.