We have used this book at Evening Prayer for many years now, to provide the 'second reading' following a New Testament first reading. It is remarkable how often the words are timely and provide penetrating insight and food for thought & spiritual growth. Yes, of course, as with any collection there are 'duds' - but I suspect that what counts as a 'dud' for me counts as wonderful for someone else, and vice versa. The duds are overwhelmingly compensated for by the times when the book hits something out of the park (or the church in my case). Yes it is expensive, but I haven't often felt that there was money better spent.