When I started my pre-seminary undergraduate work I was in a place in my life were I was suffering horribly from some significant losses in my life and I was paying the price for some very self destructive behaviors and attitudes. A professor of mine recommended I read this book. I will say that it changed my life. Nearly 18 years later I continue to minister in a lay capacity at a mental health clinic. Often I will "prescribe" this book to individuals who are in treatment. I have never had someone tell me they have not received some value from it. I often hear what I have said many times. That is, "It changed my life."
This book has been very helpful in identifying traits of mine that may be due to my past. It puts words to how I feel or respond to different situations. Once I gain that understanding, then I am free to see and recognize the truth about myself, and then apply God's truth to my heart and life.
This book is just what I needed at this stage of my life. I am learning to set boundaries ("Boundaries" by Cloud & Townsend), and know I need to change some of my thoughts and following that some behaviours (which arise out of these thoughts).
It spells out in great detail how our past way of thinking, due to the fall, has blinded us to God's healing love. You will greatly benefit from reading and applying the material that is presented in this book to your heart.