The book Resilience and Mental Health is a comprehensive exploration of how resilience occurs, often quite commonly, when one is faced with crises, trauma, and adversity. Edited by Southwick and colleagues, the book cites current research to investigate central questions of what makes people, families, and communities adapt to many different and extreme stresses. In the process, it gives boundaries to the sometimes elusive concept of resilience. The book should help mental health professionals and critical thinkers better understand resilience. This is not a clinical book. Its stated goal is to summarize current research on adaptive responses to stress from various domains. Although the book occasionally discusses interventions that might promote resilience, it provokes thought more than offers techniques to bring to the office.