The Meditation Bible is perfect for someone like me, who wants to explore the benefits of meditation without subscribing to Buddhism or any other belief system. Gauding gives a brief introduction to posture, basic breathing exercises etc - but the vast majority of the book is a sort of recipe book for meditation. Each section gives a series of meditations with very practical applications. Coming out of a relationship? Preparing for surgery? Just wanting to enjoy the outdoors, or calm down after a busy day at work? There is a meditation here for you, explained with great clarity.
I had wanted to try meditation for a while, but was put off by the books that tell me to visualise my chakra colours glowing, or to meditate upon the kindness of the Buddha etc. This book is a much more secular affair. If you are drawn to Eastern spirituality, then a handful of these meditations do touch on it - using a mandala or meditating on the Buddha - but this is intended as a sort of handbook, and the author explains that she doesn't expect every meditation to suit everyone.
I bought this with The Meditation Experience by the same author, which is perhaps a better choice if you are new to meditation. The Meditation Experience takes you through the basics of breathing, body scan and posture in a non-hectoring, but very useful way. It also comes with a CD which I found helpful. The two books together form a really accessible, secular meditation course free of the Eastern jargon that can sometimes be off-putting.