If there is one book in English that all Buddhists should read, this is the one. The Majjhima Nikaya (Middle-length Discourses) is, along with the other nikayas of the Pali Canon, probably as close as we can come today to reading the actual words of the Buddha. The Mahayana sutras have their own great virtues, with their lofty vision and profound scope, but these Middle-length Discourses are on a much more human scale. What a joy and inspiration it is to walk with the Buddha through the villages of ancient India and hear his teachings to monks, royalty, peasants and members of the other religious sects of the time. Although his teachings weren't put into writing for several centuries after his death, the monks of that period put great emphasis on memorization and group recitals to ensure that nothing was lost. This lovely English translation is a great treasure for the modern world, and particularly for all Buddhists.
This book is a great gift to anyone who wanted to know more about the teachings of the Buddha. The book received the 1995 Outstanding Academic Book Award- (Choice Magazine and the Tricycle Prize) for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dhamma Discourse.
In my own journey into the discovery of Buddhist teachings, it became a powerful raft. It has indeed made a significant difference to my deep understanding of Buddhism.