New eBooks Added

We’ve added some more ebooks as of today. Just to get it out of the way, we now have two ebook copies of the Fifty Shades series: all three books in one checkout. Unfortunately, both copies are already checked out. You can add yourself to a waiting list, though.

So. Here’s the list of new books, with links to the website:

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The Story of Baha’u’llah: Promised One of All Religions

I actually enjoyed this book quite a lot. It’s not what I was looking for, or expecting, but in its own way it’s very good. I was looking for an objective biography of Bahá’u’lláh. What I found was a rather detailed, mostly devotional story of both the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh written by a believer. If that’s what you’re looking for, or are willing to read, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book. The language is clearly influenced by the style of the English translations of the Bahá’í Writings. It seems a little stilted and old-fashioned, but that’s not necessarily off-putting. There are lots of notes and references for those who like that type of thing. Personally, on a first reading, I generally ignore end notes. If they’re footnotes at the bottom of the page, I’ll read them. In this case, the notes are almost exclusively supporting references to source material. I ignored them this time. I would likely pay more attention on a second reading, or if I were using this book for research.

If you’re looking to learn more about the founders of this lesser known faith, this is an excellent place to start. It is more useful if you already have some understanding of the Bahá’i faith. I would recommend a more general work, such as Bahá’u’lláh And The New Era: An Introduction To The Bahá’í Faith by J.E. Esslemont if you have no knowledge of the faith. I also recommend it for students of world religions.

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Caleb’s Crossing

Caleb’s Crossing is set in the 1600’s. Bethia Mayfield grows up in a community of Puritans. She ventures out and forms a secret friendship with the son of a chieftain that influences her life. Bethia is strong, resolute and committed. Written in her voice she tells her life story …the yearnings closed to her because of her sex, her struggles with her religious beliefs and the guilt she carries. I enjoyed reading this book. Her struggles mirror conflicts that we all may have had to experience.

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