Category: Alison Marshall's Column
Created: Thursday, 05 January 2006 15:34
Published: Thursday, 05 January 2006 15:34
Written by Alison Marshall
After I put up the book review of Church and State, I realised that it would be a good idea to put up more book reviews of Kalimat Press books. Kalimat Press books continue to be available on the web site, . We can all help Tony out by writing book reviews of any Kalimat Press books we have read and continuing to buy Kalimat Press books from the web site.
I read a few Kalimat Press books in 2005. Kalimat puts out quite a few history books and I have been getting into those. Baha'u'llah tells us to read his writings morning and evening and, as a result, I have become familiar with Baha'u'llah's personality and thinking. But I realised that there was a big gap in my understanding of Abdu'l-Baha. I therefore decided to read books containing the memoirs of people who had spent a lot of time with Abdu'l-Baha.
One book in particular that stands out in this category is The Master in 'Akka by Myron H Phelps. The dustjacket tells us that Phelps was an American lawyer from New York. He was not a Baha'i but was greatly attracted to Abdu'l-Baha and visited him for one month in December 1902. The next year, he published a book called Life and Teachings of Abbas Effendi. The book The Master in 'Akka reprints the first six chapters of Phelps's book.
Read more: The Master in 'Akka