Well, this 2nd book is nothing like the first book (The Chosen). I did enjoyed it but not as much as the first. So if we don't compare them then I would say it was a good book, not great but educational and interesting. The Promise helps you understand Jewish culture more and psychology. Yep, therapy and the mind...all in a story about Jewish boys growing up in the USA (Brooklyn) right after WWII. The characters are older and going to college now. They have to make choices that effect their lives but also their families and surprisingly their communities. They take a look at their own standing in the religion they grew up in to make some hard choices about the future! I think this is a good book but not exactly on my classics list like the first one.