Whenever I see a book titled "The ... Bible," I expect to find a fairly thick and fairly comprehensive book on the subject.
I don't own this book but several people on the Joomla forum have spoken positively about it, so I spent some time with it during a recent trip to the bookstore.
I almost bought it! But that doesn't mean I would not recommend it especially to new and intermediate users.
It starts with the beginning (as the Bible does!) and builds a foundation of basic understanding. And, it covers quite a few intermediate and advanced topics fairly well.
I think a year or two ago this would have been the perfect book for me. And, it may be the perfect book for you, and it should be on your "list of Joomla books that I'm going to look very closely at."