I liked this book (written in 1938) very much.
I laughed when I read these older reviews as it appears that each of us sees something different in this book. Reading this book is as fascinating as looking at a Gestalt image. Whatever life experiences we bring to Jung's table, is what we will see.
Jung used a patient's dreams as a convenient framework for his discussion. He tells us about dream symbolism; the importance of confession and conscience to healing; Catholic and Protestant creeds, and a bit about Eastern religions, yet the lessons I am receiving from this book center on religion, faith, and current world news.
None of the ghastly global situations that are so real to us had yet occurred when Jung wrote this book. Even the Holocaust of WW2 was far in the future,yet this book could have been drafted while watching CNN this morning.
A few quotations:
"Unfortunately there is no doubt about the fact that man is, as a whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow..."
If a man imagined that I was his arch-enemy and killed me, I should be dead on account of mere imagination. Imaginations do exist and they may be just as real and just as obnoxious as physical conditions.
"Nobody can know what the ultimate things are. We must, therefore, take them as we experience them. And if such experience helps make your life healthier, more beautiful, more complete and more satisfactory to yourself and to those you love, you may safely say: "This was the grace of God."