I purchased this book in 1994, when I first sought to begin the practice of meditation. Joseph Goldstein's writing gave me the understanding I needed to pursue the practice, and find my own meditative space. There are a number references to Buddhist concepts that some may not find useful, but those pale next to the foundation that this book can provide.
I highly recommend this book and any book by Joseph Goldstein. He is an absolutely incredible teacher,author,and spiritual friend. His teachings have had a deep impact on my life. This book is amazing!