<-- is a beginner. Has the book. Likes the book.
We've been pretty much doing the same stuff in the book in class...not using it as a ciriculum, or anything, but, since it covers the basics, we've naturally been doing them.
Sensei told me he prefers the style the book lays out, but he likes other variations, too. He said that probably the best use I'd have for it is learning terminology.