First off I would like to point out that any reviews older than late 2004 are reviewing the old version which was called "Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet" which was much less comprehensive and written back in 1986.
I worked for Dr. Gabriel Cousens for almost 3 years and have recently stopped working and moved away. I did a lot of transcribing for this book last summer and fall ('04) and it had a huge impact on me. Although I learned a lot working for Dr. Cousens and being a part of the Tree of Life community, his schedule is so busy that it isn't possible just to have lots of leisurely time to sit around and pick his brain. He puts all the nitty gritty details of his knowledge and wisdom into books.
I didn't think that transcribing a book was the greatest fun, but I immensely enjoyed learning all the information. Dr. Cousens is always researching and learning and always putting out the latest and greatest information.
In this new version of Spiritual Nutrition, much of the old material was kept, but revised to go into newer, better, and more detail. But most of the book is new material, with newer information than has been discovered since the last book was written. Although I am not nuts about reading technical material and this book really goes into detail, I found also that it was readable and understandable. There were good editors working on the book too to make sure that it was as clear and concise as possible. Gabriel does not gloss over topics, he definitely is willing to explain in great detail and provide resources for the information provided, along with anecdotes of his own personal experiences.
If you are like me, you will walk away from this book with an understanding of nutrition and the body that far exceeds your expectations, or what you would believe is possible. The same goes for spiritual understandings.
My hat is off to Gabriel, not only for the incredible level of information provided in this book, but also on a personal level for helping my son get well when no one else could, and for having the insight to be so patient and flexible with me when I needed it most while under his employ.
Gabriel is truly not in this whole thing (book-writing, lecturing, developing and running the Tree of Life Center) to get rich. Everything is non-profit and he lives very modestly and simply. In my experience, it became obvious to me that Gabriel does what he does because he truly wants to spread great health, wellness, and peace throughout the world.
Thank you Gabriel, for your contribution to our lives. I've seen you help so many people (who were willing) to turn their lives around and experience a level of wellness they never thought possible. My son was one of those people.
Everyone else, if you want some really great information that is hard to find from other sources, get this book. Whether you are interested in physical health and nutrition, or spiritual health and nutrition, or both.