Useful practical activities included that readers can have a go at to heal their shame, as well as all the explanations. One of my favourite parts of the book was a section on how to deal with other people who may be trying to dump their shame onto you. A brilliant selection of techniques to recognise and deal with people like this are offered.
I did not mind the general religious references as I just saw them as the author writing honestly in his own style and I did not feel they were excessive - still felt the book contained things that would be of value to most people. Some other readers may differ in their reactions to any religious references.