The Sacred Gift of Life is a book that repays careful reading, re-reading and pondering. As modern medicine continues to develop at such a fast pace, we desperately need Orthodox ethicists who can look at the moral dilemmas which confront us as a society and offer guidance. This book was published in 2000 and we are continually confronted with new advances which make originally published guidance somewhat out of date all too quickly. I do hope this is one title St Vlad's Press will continue to amend, update and make available on a long-term basis.
Holy Days is a privileged view into the life of a Hasidic Jewish family, a group which, along with the Amish, tend to be tightly knit and private communities set apart from the world. This is the second time I have read it, and I gained even more from it this time round.