For the first time in nearly 100 years, The Sickle by William W Walter, Volume 1 is now available to the general public. This Metaphysical classic, as well as its companion volume, "The Sharp Sickle, A Text Book of Eschatology, Volume 2" were far ahead of their time when written and even now stands firmly on its feet among Christian Science practitioners as well as those with a deep interest in metaphysics and healing. Mr. Walter was known throughout the world through his teaching, healing and writing. He had many students from Canada, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and most every state in the United States. Wishing to give to the world the benefit of his finding he wrote a book entitled “The Sickle,” which acted as a bridge between mind and matter and brought the readers’ thought up gradually. After a few years of study of this book, he wrote “The Sharp Sickle,” which became the text-book of Eschatology. AudioEnlightenment has done an incredible service in finding,and bringing these books to the attention of the public once again for those that seek truth wherever it presents itself. The Sickle, William W Walter, from the preface This book was written for the thinker, and not the trifler; it was not written to benefit the writer, but to enlighten the honest searcher for truth. The price was placed at twenty-five dollars to prevent its fall into the hands of the trifler, for the trifler takes paper and binding and size into consideration in determining the value of the book, the thinker scan the contents. To the trifler it would be dear at any price and to the actual thinker it would be cheap at any price. That large sales or financial gain were not the intent of the writer, should be evident. Were this true, the book would have been put on the market at the usual price. This is a metaphysical work, and therefore, the determination of its price was based upon the metaphysical (mental) viewpoint,—that the human mind values cheaply that which it estimates as cheap, but craves that which it finds difficulty in obtaining. Some honest thinkers may object to the price as being a bar to the worthy poor. It can be argued in reply that the family in humble circumstances usually succeeds in obtaining the necessary sum, were it twice twenty-five dollars,—to pay for a remedial appliance, electric belt, battery, etc., ordered or advised by the physician. This book is a mental battery, charged to its fullest capacity, not with lightning, but with enlightening true thought, or Truth, the true elixir of Life, and this current of true thought, rightly applied, will not heal body and mind merely, but the purse as well. This work should not be loaned to the trifler for he is not ready for the meat of the Word. He will not exert the necessary effort to understand it, and may therefore turn and rend you mentally for your ill-chosen charity. It is a mistaken kindness to loan it to the casual thinker. He will read it hurriedly and doubtless think that he has gained all the good contained therein through this hurried reading, whereas, if he had paid twenty-five dollars for a copy, he would be inclined to read it carefully and more than once. It is well to tell the earnest seeker about the book, or read a fitting chapter to him or permit him to read it in your presence, but to loan the book outright will in most cases tend to deprive the ones you wish to benefit, of the very good they would gain by their owning and studying it. In Matthew, chapter 7, verse 6, we read: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” The necessity for such strong language must have existed, else Jesus would not have used it. So use due caution in giving the plain truth, and thus save yourselves unnecessary rending by the narrow minded.