- Category: Alison Marshall's Column
- Created: Friday, 03 February 2006 15:21
- Published: Friday, 03 February 2006 15:21
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Yesterday, I was delighted to see that one of my new books had arrived in my letterbox. It was A Concise Encyclopedia of the Baha'i Faith by Peter Smith, published by Oneworld Publications in 2000. I had been looking for a good reference book to help me to write my introductions to the tablets. I had borrowed a copy of A Basic Baha'i Dictionary edited by Wendy Momen and published by George Ronald, but it really is basic and doesn't have all the things that I need in it.
But then my concise encyclopedia arrived and everything changed. I looked up a few things and found that they were all there. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that there was an even an entry on 'detachment'! After thumbing through the book and looking at the pictures, I discovered that this concise encyclopedia is an excellent piece of research and writing. If Peter Smith does nothing else in his life, he has already done something that will assure his entry to the kingdom. In my view, this is a 'must have' for all Baha'is and all those wanting to find out more about the Faith.