This book is created to read a chapter a month for a year. I just finished my year with this book. I really love the work of Angeles Arrien and I feel like it might be difficult to really get into these teachings without having the bigger understanding of Angeles' work. I really loved being reminded to focus on gratitude every month, but I felt that the book really bypassed the darker aspects of self-healing and connecting to gratitude. It's not always easy to feel gratitude and I felt Angeles was really remiss in not even mentioning the more difficult path of authentic gratitude. I also agree with other commenters that the chapters started to feel a bit repetitive. It would have been fun to have something NEW to do every month, instead of the same exercises every time. But still, a nice companion to my year and I really appreciated receiving this as a gift!