Footprints in the Dust: The Life of the Buddha from the Most Ancient Sources
By Bhante Shravasti Dhammika240 pages
Ānanda’s tears and the Buddha’s expression of gratitude and thanks are testament to the close bond between the two men, one that went beyond their kin relationship.
A down-to-earth biography of the Buddha based on the Pāli Canon.
You can see a short (20-minute) interview with Bhante about the book on YouTube to get an idea of its contents and his humanistic approach.