This is one of the most heartfelt guides for working with minerals for healing and spiritual growth. I was elated to find it back in print and look forward to another generation of crystal lovers having access to this gem of a guidebook. Chocron's work was ahead of her time, as she began to explore the benefits of stones only recently available to the crystal community when her book was first written. She has a wide background upon which she calls to simply and clearly explain the uses of crystals. Each entry in the book includes not only the physical and emotional uses of the stones, but also delves into the deepest spiritual impact that each gem has upon us.
The only reason I didn't give this edition five stars was the quality of the photographs as well as the production value of the book itself. In the original edition, the illustrations were full-colour plates; this version has blurry black-and-white reproductions which fail to show the detail that the first printings had. The bindings of many copies of the 2005 edition are also uneven or poorly adhered. I'm not sure how long one will last if it is well loved and used daily. I highly recommend seeking the original edition from the eighties.