I was given this book to read by a friend who thought highly of it. My opinion was a little different as you can see from my rating. I did manage to trudge through it but it never captured me intellectually or emotionally. Cold and rather difficult to follow. Can’t say I got anything much from it in a spiritual manner. I did find some things to avoid in my own thinking and writing. So sorry to the author that I can’t give it a higher rating as others have. For me it falls in to the category of “I don’t understand it so it must be deep and therefore good.” Hardly the case. I have read some middle ages literature written by mysticism embracing monks which were far more readable and engaging. This is neither. I see that Hazelden Publishing has re-published it. For my part I don’t recommend it to any beginner on the spiritual path. Even for the experienced I think it may have pitfalls. Can’t say I learned much and can’t even with assurance say what his perspective comes from. That is the school of thought he comes from; though I do have some suspicions–unconfirmed. If you have read it and it speaks to you please begin a dialogue with me at my book’s website. So sorry if I offend. To warn should cause no offense and it is not my intention in writing this. I thought seriously of just passing this one by on my shelf. But to only rate the good is a injustice to the one who is considering purchasing or reading a book.