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Life and Conduct   By: (1834-1913)

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Life and Conduct by J. Cameron (James Cameron) Lees is an intriguing and thought-provoking book that delves into the deep-seated questions and challenges of living a fulfilling and meaningful life. Through a blend of philosophical insights, personal anecdotes, and practical advice, Lees invites readers to reflect upon their values, choices, and overall conduct in order to navigate the complexities of the human experience.

What stands out about this book is Lees' ability to seamlessly combine various schools of thought, ranging from existentialism to Stoicism, in a way that is accessible to readers from all backgrounds. By presenting a diverse range of perspectives, the author encourages readers to critically examine their own beliefs and consider alternative viewpoints. This not only enriches the reading experience but also allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities of ethical decision-making.

Lees does an exceptional job of balancing theoretical concepts with real-world examples, which helps bridge the gap between philosophical concepts and practical application. The inclusion of personal anecdotes adds an intimate and relatable touch to the book, making it easier for readers to connect with the author's ideas and experiences.

One of the book's standout features is its emphasis on self-reflection and introspection. Lees encourages readers to delve deep into their inner selves and question the motives and intentions behind their actions. This self-inquiry is essential for personal growth and enables readers to align their conduct with their values, ultimately leading to a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Despite its strengths, there are a few aspects of the book that could be improved. At times, the narrative feels slightly repetitive, with certain concepts being reiterated multiple times throughout the text. While this may serve as a reminder to readers, it can also hinder the flow of the book and make it feel unnecessarily drawn out.

In conclusion, Life and Conduct presents a compelling exploration of the human condition and offers valuable insights into leading a meaningful life. Lees' ability to blend philosophy, personal anecdotes, and practical advice creates a well-rounded reading experience that encourages self-reflection and personal growth. Although the book occasionally becomes repetitive, its overall message and thought-provoking content make it a worthwhile read for anyone seeking to understand themselves and improve the way they navigate life's challenges.

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Toronto: William Briggs, Wesley Buildings. Montreal: C. W. Coates. Halifax: S. F. Huestis. 1896.

Entered, according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety six, by WILLIAM BRIGGS, at the Department of Agriculture.


This book has been selected from the "Guild Series" for young people, published in Scotland, and reprinted in Canada by permission.

The wise counsels and practical suggestions with which this book abounds make it eminently suitable for the Epworth League Reading Course. We commend it to all young people who are desirous to form their character on the Christian model and to carry religious principle into the practical affairs of common life.

Some of the chapters will furnish material for interesting programmes in the Literary Department.


This hand book has been written at the request of the Christian Life and Work Committee of the Church of Scotland as one of a series of volumes which it is at present issuing for the use of Young Men's Guilds and Bible Classes.

The object of the writer has been to show how the principles of religion may be applied to the conduct of young men, and in the practice of everyday life... Continue reading book >>

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