As a lay person, I initially approached this book hesitantly. I did not expect it to be so accessible or to make for such compelling reading. Its power lies in the way that it ties toogether the vantage points of psychiatrist, healer and patient in relation to each case history. Each story would be fascinating in its own right, but the combination of these different perspectives make for riveting reading. This book made a lasting impression on me - it is not too strong to say it changed the way I think. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in mental health, wellbeing, Te Ao Maori, and the place where science and spirituality collide. Some of these stories made me cry, some of them made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. All of them are shared sensitively, and with great respect.