By standard criteria, this is not an excellent book and probably not even a good one. However, for a psychiatric clinician interested in the interface with religion, I predict that reading this will, in turn, be stimulating, worrying, thought-provoking, embarrassing, and infuriating. Two things were clearer to me when I finished this book than when I started. First, there are many aspects of the religion-psychiatry interface that are interesting and ultimately important to our profession. Second, there are deep difficulties and dangers in this relationship. It is too easy to move from sympathy to prescription, from respecting psychotic religious experiences to romanticizing them. Religious experiences should be important to us because they are important to our patients. We should avoid the extremes of dismissal and advocacy, striving instead for respectful therapeutic neutrality.