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In the decision to publish a book, as in much else, timing is important. An excellent contribution may misfire because the reading public is not ready for it. Conversely, a book of lesser merit may be acclaimed, if the climate of opinion is such that there is need for the topic to be discussed.
It is a satisfaction, in this instance, to review a good book when the time is also ripe.
Dr. Bowers' book Conflicts of The Clergy tells the story of her work over the past 15 years with a patient body of 37 ordained clergymen, 28 seminarians, missionaries and "dedicated men and women, a classification which includes those who studied for the ministry but did not go on to ordination." The book is introduced with whole-hearted endorsement, in the three Forewords, by prominent persons in the medical and religious fields. The book is seen, in these