This is one of the best books that I have read on Stoicism and its practical application. Donald Robertson, who is also a psychotherapist uses the Stoic-influenced Cognitive Behavior Therapy, does a terrific job of laying out the different Stoic teachings. As does another great Stoicism "populariser", Pierre Hadot, Robertson divides the major areas of Stoic philosophy as the Discipline of Desire, the Discipline of Action and the Discipline of Judgement. Ultimately, each of these is rooted in the fundamental distinction between "what is up to us" and "what is not up to us", the former being our reactions and volition, residing in reason, and the latter relating to external things, to which the Stoic is indifferent. Robertson coins the term the "Stoic fork", to highlight in metaphor the choice that one must make throughout the day as one encounters different situations. Each chapter begins with a series of questions with which the reader notes his agreement or disagreement, and then looks at how their view has changed after reading the chapter. These questions alone are a good summary of Stoic philosophy, and one can benefit simply from reading them and meditating on them. Robertson also begins chapters with quotes from Stoic philosophers - Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, for example. These introductions using original text are a good addition to the content and encourage the reader to pursue the original further. The book is also full of exercises to help guide the Stoic novice in understanding the teachings. For example, there are exercises on taking the "view from above" and on learning how to achieve cognitive distance so as to view events objectively. Throughout, Robertson emphasizes how Stoic philosophy is consistent with today's Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and how this is supported by science. Occasionally, Robertson takes time to address some inconsistencies that have been made popular by Prof. Irvine's books. For example, Irvine's work focuses too much on appreciating what someone currently has. However, the focus of Stoic philosophy is on differentiating between what is truly good (and within out control) and with what is indifferent. Possessions fall into the latter. Appreciation of them could be a by-product of Stoic attitudes, but not the goal. In sum, this book is a terrific explanation of Stoic thought and its practical application.