I reviewed this book for "Sacred Journey" and was amazed at the simplicty of Pym's explanations.I always Buddhism was an extremely complicated religion and found that most books about it were difficult to understand. This book breaks everythign down into the most simple terms. Pym utilizes fantastic parallels to common everyday things and provides a sound, yet easy to understand introduction to Buddhism. His writing style is lively and entertaining, keeping you turning pages and moving forward through the book.
I had never heard of Jim Pym (nor he of me, I'm sure), but when I found this book while browsing, I couldn't believe it. I had FINALLY found an introductory book on Buddhism that covered all the bases while accenting the aspects of this wonderful Way that I most believe in--practice, compassion (including vegetarianism, although he touches on this very lightly, so don't be put off), and self-discovery. Just an amazing book, and one of which I will buy many copies. I wish I could buy one for every person in the world; it would go a long way toward helping alleviate the hatred and suffering that has gripped our planet. Thank you, Jim Pym!