Buddhism is at once a very simple and very complex religion (or, if you prefer, philosophy). It can seem to be a very daunting topic to the newcomer who is not very familiar with Eastern traditions. Fortunately, Jean Smith comes to the rescue with this expertly crafted guide to the core principles of Buddhism. Reading this book is like having an old friend take you by the hand and gently walk you through the world, opening your eyes to the way things truly are. Jean's style of writing is both relaxed and wise, and each chapter is filled with quotations, stories, and analogies to help your mind (and heart) grasp the various aspects of the Eightfold Path.
There is much wisdom between these two covers. If you've ever been mystified by Buddhism, I highly recommend this book above all others as your starting point.