21 NOVEMBER 1891, Page 37

Con f irmation : its History and Meaning. By Julia S. Blunt.

(S.P.C.K.)—If the phrase " text-book " could fairly be used in this connection, we should say that this is as good a text-book of the subject as is needed. After an introduction into which an illustration from the Queen's life in the Highlands is aptly intro- duced, the subject is dealt with systematically, in chapters bearing such titles as "The Preparation," "The Vow of Renunciation," " The Creed," " The Commandments," " The Lord's Prayer and the Sacraments," " The Service," and " Life after Confirmation." The authoress writes from the Christian and Anglican point of view, but there is nothing savouring of fanaticism in her exhortations to young people who have been confirmed. Some- times she drifts into epigram, as when, using the word " soberly " in connection with " living," she says : " It does not tell you not to enjoy yourself, but how to enjoy yourself."