We have both the first and second editions of this book in the Quantum library. The reference materials are well written and the processes well described, and it is great to find most of the patterns of NLP in one place. You could look at the title and say that it can’t be the source, in that the patterns covered have differing genealogy, and, as NLP by nature should be continually developing, what is the source today is not the source tomorrow.
However, we would liken this text to a good cookbook; first you stick to the recipe like glue, ensuring all the aspects are covered and the ingredients are in exact quantities. Then, when you become more confident, you begin to relax and just know what goes where. Finally you become confident enough to experiment with the structure and form of things to come up with a new dish of your own.
That being said there are some things that need to be mentioned. The step-by-step approach is great for the new explorer of NLP in a safe (training?) environment, however, each process is treated in isolation and gives no guidance to ‘what if situations’ – what is the session with a live client is less than perfect? So, while we would say that this is an excellent reference material for the more seasoned practitioner, in our opinion, if you are new to NLP get schooled in the art and then get cooking with the patterns in the book. We would also say that, based on some feedback that we got from someone we gave the book to; the introduction is a bit heavy. Again, great if you have a grounding in NLP but a bit daunting for some new entrants.
As we mentioned earlier, we have both editions of this book and, to better enable us to train others in the techniques in the cookbook, we would like to have seen the originator of each patterns referenced, so that we can offer a preamble that includes the originator, the application and the process. We like this book and, of all the NLP on the shelves, this is clear, concise, accessible and possibly the best value for money NLP reference book in our collection.