The soul has to change for the better - or spend its life trying. In the Quran, Moses (a.s.) says: "I will not give up until I reach the place where the two seas meet, even if I spend ages" (Al-Kahf, 18:61)
There are some books that are wholly self referential and do not actively encourage the reader to seek beyond its covers. Books like these are what I term 'dead-end' books. This work by Prince Ghazi is the exact opposite of a dead-end book. Almost every paragraph urges the reader to explore whole vistas of Islamic learning; and between the lines, the author is telling you that this is the tip of the iceberg and that there is so much to learn and to reflect upon. This is truly a 'thinking' person's guide. And like a true 'guide', this work ultimately points not to itself but to a higher source - the Qur'an. Moreover, some passages of this book read like potted tafsir (Quranic exegesis). Indeed, this book is no dead-end; it is a gateway.
Certainly one of the best books of 2017.
A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam: The Essence of Islam in 12 Verses from the Qur’an
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
White Thread Press