This is the first time, ever, I've been so incensed by a book to write a review of it online.
The format is simple - script style one-to-one conversations, each a chapter long, between BK and a series of individuals wrestling with troubling life experiences. No, I didn't read the whole book. No, I haven't read any of BK's other material. Yes, I do feel entitled to write a review.
The chapter that appalled me most was the one where a woman who has undergone cancer therapy (mastectomy and chemo, I think) is 'challenged' to stop having negative thoughts about her altered physical appearance or fear of the disease returning. Could be a good thing, you'd think, but instead BK's interrogation of this woman's reasoning was nothing short of hectoring. I suspected this woman was only agreeing quite readily with BK's cross-examination-style point-scoring so she'd be allowed to get out of this 'conversation' with her as quickly as possible.
It wasn't just the crude implementation of 'tough love' counselling strategies that made this such a pointless and excruciating read for me. No - there was something else: I found BK's whole underlying message that you need to free yourself from your 'story' - ie painful/negative emotions attached to memories of difficult life events - ridiculously patronising. Short of having a lobotomy, I don't see how a mature person can - or should - fast-track coming to terms with painful events in life. IMO, it takes time, and mixing a strategy of keeping busy with periods of introspection. To just be told, as if a child, that you're upset about something because you choose to be, is frankly, IMO, just a non-starter - the counselling equivalent of snake oil.