Prepared for policy makers, clinicians, and researchers, this volume is written in descriptive down-to-earth prose, with a narrative style that makes it accessible and likely also of interest to people in recovery, their families, clinical educators, and students of the mental health professions. Amering and Schmolke successfully summarize a great deal of information about recovery concepts, programs, and research. They focus largely on U.S. sources but also include selected information about work being done in other areas of the world. They highlight the lived experience of recovery through the life and work of seven individuals—Ron Coleman of the United Kingdom; Dan Fischer, Laurie Ahern, Pat Deegan, and May Ellen Copeland of the United States; Wilma Boevink of the Netherlands; and Helen Glover of Australia, who prepared the foreword. The volume situates recovery concepts within the overall history of diagnosis and prognosis in the mental health field. It emphasizes the decline of the chronicity paradigm and the increasing acceptance of heterogeneity of the course of serious mental disorders along with growing interest in resilience, positive psychology and hope, and the rising influence of the mental health service user movement across the world.