I know Dr. Richards personally and have been using his materials personally, teaching from them, and seeing them work wherever anyone is willing to apply the principles and wisdom found. I dropped off this book at a church for their library and their head counselor picked it up to read on vacation. Upon returning he told his secretary that this was one of the most powerful books he had ever read dealing with this problem and recommended it as must read for her and her friends. I spent a year and a half teaching from this book in SS class. So many were blessed.
I thought that this book was a complete waste of my time. I wish i never even heard of this book, I don't understand why the authour can write something like this and have such judgment on it when it talks not to judge people. nevertheless also to to say the book claims "how to stop the pain" yet even on the cover it says pain will always happen. so again it is just a waste of paper and killed trees for no good reason. if there was a grade less then 0 out of 5 stars i would make it even lower.
I've read this book twice in 2 years. In my 2nd reading so much more was revealed to me. This book was an awesome help in my life. It's that onion peel that God is working on in me to release me from the pain of my past, and more importantly, He is allowing me to see my wrong thinking in what I considered pain by other's. I still have major clean up in me, but coupled with the help of the Holy Spirit, this book helped to set me on my way. I'm more mindful of my own judgments that lock people into their behavior towards me. I'm closing doors that I have allowed open to people brining pain, or even being pushed away because this book helped me to realize that I was actually the first one doing the pushing and the judging. God is good. I'm sure the next time I read it I should pretty much be on my way to an amazing triumph in even greater healing.One more thing, I learned to accept my kids with all of their faults, and one of them had some doozies, but I love him, and through acceptance of him as he is, my son is turning his life around.
The message in this book is anointing-filled freedom. You learn how to be free from the past and to not justify having a "chip on your shoulder" or feeling obligated in "being a chip" on someone else's shoulder via some transgression of the past. One of satan's greatest tools of deception is to take-on the *victim mentality* which is nothing more than bondage to that which you desire freedom of---the past. I highly recommend this book as we all have something in our past we want release from, whther it's a wrong we experienced or one we brought on another.