This book is truly excellent. The author first draws attention to how spiritually bereft we are today and how we look to all kinds of solution but neg...moreThis book is truly excellent. The author first draws attention to how spiritually bereft we are today and how we look to all kinds of solution but neglect the one that will give us ultimate success and salvation - prayer. He illustrates the importance and benefits of prayer with ample references from the Qur'an and Sunnah. In addition, he shows us how prayer can guide and help us in every aspect of our lives.(less)
My daughter loves books with a passion. A highly auditory learner, she is able to sit through challenging books and even chapter books. Her reading sk...moreMy daughter loves books with a passion. A highly auditory learner, she is able to sit through challenging books and even chapter books. Her reading skills though need to be worked on and we tried several approaches, none of which seemed to work. I have Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox & Elaine Bruner but could not bear its boring layout and drills. Other online phonics resources seemed to only scratch the surface. They were also very inconvenient... I would have to spend a long time printing, preparing flash cards and stapling books.
Then I read about Valerie Bendt's "Reading Made Easy : A Guide to Teach Your Child to Read". It is such a gem that I wish I had heard about it sooner. With this book, absolutely NOTHING else is needed. I don't even have to prepare - all I have to do is read the 'script' prepared and point to the word lists. Maryam did 12 lessons in ONE sitting! I feel so positive about this!
I wasn't sure that I would like James Herriot's works when I first came across them. A collection of animal stories by a country vet, I thought, but h...moreI wasn't sure that I would like James Herriot's works when I first came across them. A collection of animal stories by a country vet, I thought, but how wrong I was. I was well and truly engrossed the minute I started. His tales are so much more than that! They are beautifully crafted stories that are funny, touching, and quite simply, likeable.
What makes his memoirs truly remarkable are the vivid pictures he paints of the Yorkshire Dales, his self-depracation and the evident love and respect he has for the colourful cast of characters - the eccentric Farnons, his sensible wife Helen, the hilarious Granville Bennet, the resolute farmers and his patients. While his stories always focus on relationships, he does give us an insight to his profession. His was a difficult and yet exciting time - veterinary practices were changing, farming techniques were undergoing a shift with increased technology and then, there was the discovery of antibiotics. These are all described in detail and yet in an uncomplicated manner.
A masterful writer and astute observer, James Herriot's can spin an amusing yarn that can make you laugh out loud and then bring you back down to earth with sensitive accounts of loss, hardship and the indomitable spirit of the farmers.
His series of books are a genuine treasure and quite possibly my all time favourites (next to "To Kill A Mockingbird"). (less)
A beautiful, if painful, coming-of-age story. Set in fictional small town in Alabama, the story talks about life in Depression-hit America. It starts...moreA beautiful, if painful, coming-of-age story. Set in fictional small town in Alabama, the story talks about life in Depression-hit America. It starts out with an affectionate description of the sleepy southern county. Scout and her brother Jem are raised by their widowed father Atticus and their housekeeper, Calpurnia. Their summers are consumed by grand plans to lure the recluse Arthur “Boo” Radley out of his spooky home. The ladies meet for missionary teas and “bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.” As the story progresses, this charming facade is dismantled to reveal ignorance, fear, hypocrisy and prejudice.
Atticus Finch is called on to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. He is eventually found guilty and, “tired of taking white man’s chances”, attempts to escape and is shot to death. What I love about this story is how the author deftly shows that everyone is human and multi-faceted. Mayella is a pitiful figure, driven by loneliness and abuse; Mrs Dubose, a bigot who screams insults at the Finches, is also a courageous woman who kicks her morphine addict and dies “beholden to nothing and nobody”.
A scene that I found poignant was after the trial. As Atticus made his way out of the courtroom, the Black spectators in the gallery rose to their feet. Reverend Sykes said, “Stand up, Miss Jean Louise… Your father is passing.” I cry every time I read this part!
MY elder daughter, Ms Muffet, really enjoyed this book and while I am really strict about her watching any movies or TV (well, she watches none really *S*), I did let her watch the movie starring the late Gregory Peck (he WAS Atticus, wasn’t he?). The language in the movie was more toned down so it is suitable for children, IMHO.(less)
This and the Ideal Muslim have been truly beneficial to me. I went through a stage where I wanted to amass knowledge and while it is an admirable goal...moreThis and the Ideal Muslim have been truly beneficial to me. I went through a stage where I wanted to amass knowledge and while it is an admirable goal for anyone, I realised that it isn't much use if one doesn't walk the talk. This is a wonderful resource of guidelines, giving clear advice on how a Muslimah can fulfil her duties to her Lord, her family and community as well as enrich herself spiritually. I enjoyed reading examples from the Sunnah and lives of the companions.
A must-have for every home - I plan on using this for my daughter's aklhaq lessons!(less)