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It is not my goal to deprive Amazon or any other sellers who sell this book of income. I just think that potential buyers of this book should know that this book was published with the intention that it be given away freely, though of course the publisher and author accept donations, and that it is now available online free in Adobe PDF format. Just search on the title and author's name and you should find it, as well as a ton of "dharma talks" by the author that are online free for the listening.
Now I will comment on the content of the book. I've practiced meditation on and off again since the late sixties when I was in high school. (I should mention that there are different kinds of meditation and that the word "meditation" is as generic as the words "cooking" and "exercise.") I was an instructor for mindfulness-based stress and pain management courses at a hospital through the nineties. I am not a Buddhist, however, or any kind of "ist" or follower of any particular "ism." And the nature of mindfulness meditation is such that anyone can practice it be they a practicing Christian, Muslim, or Jew or an atheist, etc. It's not a belief system, and Gil Fronsdal is among those American born mindfulness teachers, such as Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Pema Chodron (who is not a mindfulness teacher per se but who does teach mindfulness meditation), who makes this practice accessible to all.
Fronsdal's prose is simple and clear, and his explanations of basic aspects of Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and mindfulness or insight meditation practice are user friendly and easy to follow. And, his presentation is refreshingly free of what I consider metaphysical baggage. (I sometimes think of it this way: Two people who practice mindfulness can disagree on questions about the JFK assassination, and they can disagree on questions about the ontology of consciousness, whether reincarnation occurs, and much more.)
By the way, the reason I bought a copy of this book even though I knew about the free PDF version of it online, is because I wanted a print copy and it was cheaper to buy one than it would've been to print and bind one. I don't know if they still give out free hard copies of the book. If they did and I knew about it before buying a copy, I would've requested a free hard copy from the publisher and I would've given them a small donation to express my gratitude.
A very good book, in my opinion, but now that you know that the whole book is free in PDF format, you can check it out and form your own opinion.
If you're looking for a introductory primer on mindfulness technique, there are better resources. (I'm enjoying Pema Chodron's How to Meditate with Pema Chodron: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind.) If at all possible, you should try to get a live human being to teach you, since mindfulness is essentially a participatory, experiential, trans-rational activity. But if you are a working practitioner at any level, this book will go a long way to supplement and contextualize your practice.
There are a lot of intro and how-to books out there, but I would wholeheartedly recommend starting with this one. It will help you cut through the clutter and get to the main points.